We won't succeed alone, which is why we share ideas that empower others to make change.
We are taking the very best ideas, distilled from more than a decade of investing in companies and leaders, and synthesizing and sharing them globally, so others can accelerate their impact. We know we don’t have all the answers, but hope what we share can push us to keep asking the right questions.
It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard, and recognizing potential where others see despair. It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring... [READ MORE]
It starts by standing with the poor, listening to voices unheard,
and recognizing potential where others see despair.
It demands investing as a means, not an end, daring to go
where markets have failed and aid has fallen short. It makes
capital work for us, not control us.
It thrives on moral imagination: the humility to see the world
as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be.
It’s having the ambition to learn at the edge, the wisdom to
admit failure, and the courage to start again.
It requires patience and kindness, resilience and grit: a
hard-edged hope. It’s leadership that rejects complacency,
breaks through bureaucracy, and challenges corruption.
Doing what’s right, not what’s easy.
Acumen: it’s the radical idea of creating hope in a cynical
world. Changing the way the world tackles poverty and
building a world based on dignity.
Winter 2013 Closing the Pioneer Gap By Sasha Dichter, Robert Katz, Harvey Koh, & Ashish Karamchandani More money than ever is flowing into impact... [READ MORE]
Winter 2013 Closing the Pioneer Gap
By Sasha Dichter, Robert Katz, Harvey Koh, & Ashish Karamchandani
More money than ever is flowing into impact investing, yet many entrepreneurs creating companies that serve the poor still find it difficult to raise capital, particularly at the early stages of their company’s growth.
February 26, 2013 What's the difference between someone with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real impact? To tackle the world's... [READ MORE]
February 26, 2013 What’s the difference between someone with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real impact? To tackle the world’s biggest problems, we need to be able to identify and support the people who are capable of creating lasting change. At Acumen, we spend a lot of time trying to find and train aspiring and established leaders from around the world who have the right mix of talent, ideas, and passion.
And what we’ve found time and again is: Resilience matters most.
September 2011 Nothing about this work is easy. We are proud of our accomplishments over our first ten years, but we’ve learned at least as much from our... [READ MORE]
September 2011 Nothing about this work is easy. We are proud of our accomplishments over our first ten years, but we’ve learned at least as much from our struggles along the way. While we know we don’t have all the answers, there are some important truths we have discovered in doing this work. These ten truths will guide our work in the next decade and beyond.
March 8, 2013 Jacqueline Novogratz joined an inspiring line-up of speakers at TEDxEuston 2012. What makes TEDxEuston unique is that is focuses on spreading the work and ideas of a new generation of African leadership. The talks are presented to a mainly African audience, and especially those who are living outside the continent seeking to engage with Africa in an active and meaningful way.
Jacqueline’s talk touches on the themes of identity, finding meaning, and “coming home” to your true self through the relationships you create and the ideas you hold dear. She also highlights our work in Africa with a broad range of investee companies: from combating counterfeit medicine through Sproxil’s mobile production authentication to restoring economic livelihoods in war-torn Northern Uganda with Gulu Agricultural Development Company.
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Check out Jacqueline's most recent thought pieces in The Huffington Post.
Acumen, in partnership with JS Bank, the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation and the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, launched the Pakistan...
A profile on Acumen and its founder and CEO, Jacqueline Novogratz from the December 2011 issue of Forbes Magazine.
December 1, 2012 Acumen's investment in Avani Bio Energy, which converts hazardous pine needles into electricity, is featured...
January 6, 2009 Investing to fight poverty By NICHOLAS KRISTOF One of the most interesting innovators in aid and development...
November 29, 2012 The recent devastation wreaked by Hurricane Sandy acts as an acute reminder of the importance of critical...
February 26, 2013 What's the difference between someone with a good idea and a person who can transform their ideas into real...
May 21, 2009 From the Economist, a profile on Jacqueline Novogratz and Acumen's work to transform the world's approach to development... [READ MORE]
April 2010 NewsHour's Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Kenya, on Acumen Fund and our investee company...
September 29 2012 A "Corner Office" interview with Jacqueline Novogratz. During the interview conducted by Adam Bryant, Jacqueline...
December 26, 2012 Impact investing is drawing more attention from philanthropists excited by the possibility that their donations...
May 29, 2012 Live the Questions: Jacqueline Novogratz’s Advice to Graduates by Maria Popova “Inspiring hope in a...
In a major speech on development, former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, mentioned Acumen as an example of an innovative organization combining...
December 5, 2012 Summer Associate Emma Vaughn writes an article in Fast Co.Exist with 7 tips to landing a job in the impact...