Press Releases


Ziqitza Health Care wins Social Impact Award

A huge congratulations to one of our early investments, Ziqitza Health Care Limited (ZHL)! The Indian ambulance company was recently awarded the Times of India Social Impact Award.

The Times of India Social Impact Awards recognize nonprofits and companies that are working to improve education, healthcare and economic empowerment throughout India. The finalists were selected by a distinguished panel chaired by Naresh Chandra, former Cabinet Secretary and Ambassador to the US,  with Nandan Nilekani, Anu Aga, J.M. Lyngdoh, Aruna Roy, Deepak Parekh, Syeda Hameed, and Sunita Narain.

It’s been a long journey since the early days when the founders had just a few ambulances and a dream of providing emergency medical services to all, regardless of income. Now ZHL is active in six states with over 870 ambulances. To date, they have served more than 1.9 million people. The TOI Social Impact Award is a fitting testament to the impact that Ziqitza has made in just ten years.

According to Sweta Mangal, CEO, this award has strengthened her belief that ZHL has “the opportunity and the capacity to become the leading and largest ambulance company in the WORLD in the years to come.” It’s an exciting, and increasingly attainable goal. Beyond their enormous growth and impact, their pay-what-you-can, cross-subsidy model is inspiring other companies and governments around the world.

It’s game-changing companies like Ziqitza Health Care that Acumen is proud to say it invests in. Congrats to everyone at ZHL—may the years ahead be filled with health, growth and impact!


Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

Acumen is pleased to announce a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda. We sat down with Shuaib Siddiqui, Acumen’s Portfolio Director to learn more about the deal and why he’s excited about this innovative company. [Read More]

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]