Press Releases

Safaricom Limited and KCB Foundation Join Acumen in Supporting East Africa’s Emerging Social Leaders

NAIROBI, KENYA – (December 8, 2015)—Safaricom Limited and the KCB Foundation have partnered with Acumen to advance the Acumen East Africa Fellowship, a leadership development program that equips emerging social leaders in East Africa with the skills, knowledge and moral imagination to drive social change in their communities. The two institutions have jointly committed $1 million to Acumen as part of a three-year partnership to catalyze the development of the region’s bright minds and big thinkers dedicated to tackling the problems of poverty. [Read More]

Acumen and The International Center for Research on Women Call for Greater Gender Integration in Social Enterprises with New Report

Acumen and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) released a report today to encourage entrepreneurs, impact investors and philanthropists to consider new strategies for promoting gender equality through social enterprise. Produced in partnership with the Cartier Charitable Foundation, Women and Social Enterprises: How Gender Integration can Boost Entrepreneurial Solutions to Poverty reveals findings from several case studies from Acumen’s portfolio of investments, which demonstrate how social enterprises are engaging and impacting women and where they fall short. [Read More]

New Report: SOCIAL ENTERPRISES AND GLOBAL CORPORATIONS COLLABORATING FOR GROWTH WITH IMPACT

On a cold January afternoon in 2012, at Dow’s headquarters in Midland, Michigan, I sat at a large conference table with representatives from across Dow’s venture fund, foundation, sustainability team, and human resources department. This was the first meeting of its kind that I had attended with one of our corporate partners. I was unwittingly part of an emerging shift in how social change organizations and corporations are working together. A shift towards partnerships that align business growth objectives with social and environmental imperatives. [Read More]

ACUMEN NAMED ONE OF WORLD’S TOP 10 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES IN NOT-FOR-PROFIT BY FAST COMPANY

Fast Company today announced its 2015 ranking of the World’s Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit, honoring leading organizations and rising newcomers that exemplify the best in social and philanthropic innovation. Acumen earned the No. 7 spot on the annual list in recognition for its Lean Data Initiative—a project launched in 2014 to find more efficient, cost-effective ways to measure and evaluate social impact. [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]