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What’s New at Acumen?

  • Acumen welcomed 3 new classes of Regional Fellows in Pakistan, India, and East Africa
  • +Acumen launched its second course on Human Centered Design and its first course on Social Impact (registration is open until May 11th!)

More Recent Highlights

  • Karuna discusses Acumen’s investments in low-income housing space in India on the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal
  • Global Post and Ideapod feature Jacqueline’s One on One interview about Dignity
  • Sasha wrote “Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop” on Harvard Business Review Blog
  • Acumen made its first investment in Rwanda, investing $1.2million in KZ Noir, a specialty coffee producer.
  • Acumen made a $600,000 investment in Miliki Afya, a clinic chain that serves the poor in Kenya
  • Acumen made its first investment in Ethiopia, investing in Mekelle Farms, Ethiopia’s largest producer of day-old chicks
  • Jacqueline contributed to a series on “How to Thrive” on Huffington Post
  • Forbes journalist Denise Restauri interviewed 3 of the 2013 Global Fellows to answer the question “How do we lead with dignity?” in The 9 Keys to Leading with Dignity
  • Jacqueline talks about the marriage of love & power in Origin Magazine

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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]


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]

Robert (Bob) Collymore of Safaricom Limited Joins Acumen’s Board Of Directors

Acumen announced today that Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom Limited, will join its Board of Directors. Collymore, who has been at the helm of the Kenyan communications company since 2010, previously sat on the Advisory Council of the nonprofit social venture fund founded by Jacqueline Novogratz. He has more than 30 years in the telecommunications sector working in Africa as well as Asia and Europe. [Read More]