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A community demonstration with Western Seed Company, and Acumen Fund agriculture investee in Kenya

Acumen Fund Now Accepting Business Plans Online!

A community demonstration with Western Seed Company, AF agriculture investee in Kenya

Over the years, Acumen Fund has developed a dynamic portfolio of social enterprises, which we have identified through our global networks and our deep presence on the ground. We are continuously building out our pipeline of investment opportunities — but still, there are opportunities that we may not see, solutions that we may be overlooking.

Perhaps you didn’t win that business plan competition but deserve another look. Or possibly we missed each other at that conference, and never had the chance to connect. Maybe you’re based outside the range of our regional offices.  Are we missing the next big innovation in clean water distribution or affordable housing?  We wonder.

To help ensure we don’t miss something great that’s in front of our nose, we’re excited to announce that Acumen Fund is now accepting business plans online. We believe that pioneering entrepreneurs will find solutions to poverty and we hope to meet more of through this system. Our team will continue to search for the most promising investment opportunities, but now — whether you’re in Manhattan, Mombasa, or Mumbai — you can send your businesses plans directly to us through

Investment Criteria

To give you a better idea of what we’re looking for, Acumen Fund invests in early-mid stage companies that bring essential goods or services – like water, health, agriculture, energy, and housing – to base of the pyramid (BoP) customers that earn less than four dollars per day.  We currently focus our investments in India, Pakistan, and East Africa, and typically invest between $200K-$2M in debt or equity.

All investments must fulfill our three core investment criteria: potential for significant social impact, potential for financial sustainability, and potential to achieve scale.  For more detailed information about how we evaluate investments, please see our Investment Discipline page.

The best applicants will have innovative, proven models that meet all of our investment criteria and a visionary management team with the skills and experience to execute the business plan.  Please carefully read our Business Plan Submission page to see the specific topics you should address in your plan.

Are you working to build a scalable, financially sustainable business that achieves huge social impact and serves the BoP?  If you can confidently say yes, send us your business plan at  We know you’re out there and we don’t want to miss out.

Jonathan Mazumdar is a Portfolio Associate in Acumen Fund’s New York Office


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