5,000+ Connections and Counting

At Acumen, we are often reminded of the inter-connectedness of our world. In effort to help bridge some more connections of our own, a few years ago, Acumen Fund launched the Acumen Fund Community - a social network for people interested in the social enterprise field and inspired by our work.

In March, we proudly celebrated reaching 5,000 members on the Community site! Now, with over 5,300 we thought this might be an appropriate moment to thank a couple recent volunteers who have really helped to make this all happen.

Kley Sippel is a student at Samford University. On paper, he’s pursuing the fields of economics and marketing. Beyond paper, he’s looking for ways to merge design, social impact, and business to more efficiently impact people, all in the context of economic principles. He’s a designer, economist, photographer, writer, social innovator, marketer, musician, thinker – all suffixed with “in development” – and an all-around committed supporter of Acumen.

Kim Ward is also a passionate and dedicated Acumen Fund fan. After graduating from University of Colorado at Boulder,  she worked in London at UBS Investment Bank and then went on to work as a microfinance researcher with IFMR Trust in Chennai, India. She picked up a copy of The Blue Sweater shortly after moving to NYC, and has been spreading the word on Acumen Fund’s patient capital ever since. When Kim is not at working on Investor relations for India Equity Partners, you can find her running in Central Park or seeking out  the newest restaurant in lower Manhattan.


Letter from Jacqueline: My Week in Ghana

I am writing on a return flight from Ghana. The country has not seen a single case of Ebola, yet the impact of fear is profound. As travelers enter the country, attendants screen for high temperatures. Hand sanitizer dispensers are omnipresent. Hotels and conferences have seen massive cancellations. Everywhere are constant reminders of our fragility and the strength of our connectedness. [Read More]

Six online courses we’re taking this year

+Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. [Read More]

Four Emerging Leaders Building the Future of Pakistan

With 60% of Pakistan’s population living under less than a dollar a day, the external narrative of Pakistan is characterised by what the country lacks; a lack of security, a lack of women’s rights, a lack of access to education, and the list goes on. What this narrative ignores are the individuals who work tirelessly to plug those gaps. From human rights to education to food security, Acumen Pakistan Fellows are affecting change through organizations committed to tackling poverty. Their work is truly inspiring, promising a hopeful future for Pakistan. Here are four fellows that are building this future for Pakistan and come together periodically to share learning experiences and grow as leaders. Through five seminars, the fellows have strengthened skills of adaptability, communication, empathy and problem solving through listening. If you are committed to creating change in your community, apply now to be an Acumen Pakistan Fellow. The deadline is 29 September. [Read More]

Acumen Partners with AlphaSights to Better Access Global Expertise

In our work investing in social enterprises that deliver critical goods to the poor, there is a substantial amount of work to evaluate each investment opportunity. A critical part of the diligence process, particularly when it comes to emerging markets, is speaking with industry experts who can provide reliable information about sector trends, market dynamics and public policy – all of which affect our evaluation of potential investment opportunities. [Read More]


Our manifesto begins, “it starts by standing with the poor.” Yet for good reasons, the sector has found it challenging to measure which customers are actually being served through social impact investments – getting accurate data on incomes is notoriously difficult and the logistical challenge and cost of conducting surveys in person prohibitive. [Read More]

Questions for Aspiring Leaders

Bavidra Mohan, Acumen’s India Fellows Manager, attended this years Aspen IDEAS festival as a Scholar. The Scholarship program was established to invite guests from around the world to bring a diverse set of experiences, voices and perspectives to the rich conversations that take place at the IDEAS festival each year. [Read More]