+Acumen is a growing network of emerging leaders from all over the world

We created +Acumen to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” to their lives. Learn through online courses or volunteer and network through our chapters. You could even create and lead a new chapter in your city. The world needs you to lead. This is your invitation.

Leadership Courses

Our courses will equip you with tools to solve the world’s most challenging problems.


Adaptive Leadership

The Adaptive Leadership course is designed to help individuals and organizations through consequential change in times of uncertainty when there are no clear answers.

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Solar Now 3

Making Sense of Social Impact

Together with Acumen’s Impact Team, we’ve developed this introductory course to help you understand how we analyze impact in our portfolio and how you can apply the same building blocks to any socially-focused company or organization that you are personally excited about.

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Unit Economics

The course will show you how to think about and build a basic financial model from the ground up, starting from a single “business unit”—a stand-alone profit-center (like a branch, sales office, or individual franchise) that is replicated when you scale.

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+Acumen Chapters

+Acumen chapters are self-organized, volunteer-run groups that actively support Acumen’s mission to change the way the world tackles poverty.






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The Tech Revolution: Social Justice Through Tech, Design, and Entrepreneurship


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+Acumen Leaders

Passionately curious volunteers from all around the world who are learning with Acumen and helping to inspire their communities.

“HOPE is real. Local solutions can be found with patience.”

-Jay Jaboneta

2013 Global Fellow

“Self-discovery, deepening of maturity, sharpening of tools and expansion of network – what an amazing experience! It is liberating to know that I am not normal but I am sane.”

-Marion Moon

2013 East Africa Fellow

“The fellowship helped me see the world from a different angle - an angle the corporate world is not used, but which is so important in order to make the world a better place.”

-Abbas Akhtar

2013 Global Fellow

“You will never know what you are capable of unless you try. Be brave enough to be vulnerable and humble. Accept who you truly are, yet always strive to know yourself better. ”

-Raseel Sehmi


“Being the change I want to see in the world can be a difficult challenge. The Acumen Fellowship has provided me with a vibrant support structure and tools to do good and do well.”

-Majala Mlagui

2013 East Africa Fellow

“These entrepreneurial companies we call pioneer firms are too important to remain subscale, or worse, to fail. Growing Prosperity identifies what’s working, and what must change to shift the odds more in favor of these firms and the smallholder farmers they serve.”

-Vikki Tam

Partner, Bain & Company

“The problems that Acumen is trying to solve are some of the most interesting, most important problems in the world. ”

-Seth Godin

Author & Blogger

“+Acumen enriches my life in ways I hadn’t anticipated. It challenges my thinking on poverty alleviation & leadership and inspires me to do my best to give back in my own way.”

-Natasha D'Souza


“The solutions are out there, but they are not being used widely enough to make a meaningful, lasting difference. The time to accelerate progress is now—not by one sector, but by all sectors.”

-Jacqueline Novogratz

Founder and CEO, Acumen

“Volunteering with +Acumen gives me a rich community of friends, partners, teachers, & role models who care about the poor. I'm learning to lead & to fight the problems of poverty.”

-Stefan Mustain


“Leaders need vision: this is a starting point. They also need pragmatism and resolve to see change through. The fellowship cultivates our visions, and trains us to enable change.”

-Tayeb Noorbhai

2013 East Africa Fellow

“Leaders aren't usually the best swimmers out there, but are always the first few to take the risk of crossing river. Acumen has taught me that leading the change is worth the risk.”

-Waqas Ali

2013 Pakistan Fellow

“I have learned to work with uncertainty within and around me.”

-R Michael Craig

2013 Global Fellow

“Day after day, I take three steps forward and two steps back. Frustrating, but I embrace this journey as I can get stronger only by falling down, getting back up again, and repeat.”

-Junko Tashiro

2013 Global Fellow

“I had a chance to interact with a different kind of Philanthropy, one that seeks to reach out to people in need without comprising their dignity. This makes true giving conceivable”

-Pauline Wanja

2012 East Africa Fellow

“The Acumen Fellowship has given me a deeper appreciation for the incredible diversity of perspectives shaping the development debate in contemporary Pakistan.”

-Mehran Gul

2013 Pakistan Fellow

“Coming from Pakistan, I searched for a long time to find organizations to support, and I feel Acumen provides hope for Pakistan in a way that none other really has at this point.”

-Shaiza Rizavi

Partner, Gilder, Gagnon, Howe & Co.

“The Good Society readings inspired me to be more committed to the institutionalization of core governance principles, such as sound public policy, liberty and the rule of law.”

-William Lochi

2013 East Africa Fellow

“We came to Acumen looking for answers, yet we found that there is more value in continuing to ask the questions, that these questions often start a much needed conversation.”

-Shahd AlShehail

2013 Global Fellow

“My fellowship was crucial; I have the courage to start my enterprise, honing my leadership style in training and experience at GADC and supported by my cohort and Acumen family.”

-Natalie Grillon

2013 Global Fellow

“They have a world-class team of people with a unique set of attributes that I just haven’t seen anywhere else.”

-Bo Miller

Director of Corporate Citizenship, The Dow Chemical Company

“Resilience and moral imagination are key in my life. Neither grants nor markets alone will solve poverty but honest engagement with the very people whose problems am solving.”

-Patricia Jumi

2012 East Africa Fellow

“What I love most about +Acumen is interacting with different people, through the chapter team and our events, who share a common vision to bring change to the developing world.”

-Anna Tuveson


“Let the fireworks begin! Volunteering with Acumen has really been quite an experience. I've done community service in the past, but never with such insight and innovation.”

-Mohammed Al Saadoun


“The fellowship provided me an opportunity to get to know some talented young people with creative ideas about how to solve problems of the marginalized communities of Pakistan. ”

-Muhammad Saeed Khan

2013 Pakistan Fellow

“+Acumen volunteering goes beyond fundraising and community building—it's also an opportunity to develop key leadership skills such as self-awareness, empathy, and moral imagination”

-Cristina Celis

New York+Acumen

“There are a growing number of entrepreneurs who are trying, and succeeding, in reaching these farmers, in building businesses that both create a profit and help farmers work their way out of poverty. These ‘pioneer firms’ may be the key to transforming the potential for smallholder farmers to make new and better lives for themselves and their children.”

-Paul Polman

CEO, Unilever

Growing Prosperity offers valuable insights that can significantly increase the contribution of pioneering entrepreneurs. To sustainably increase agricultural productivity, the entire sector must unite to ensure that smallholder farmers have the tools and resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.”

-Dr. Chris Elias

President, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

“The role of +Acumen cannot be expressed in one single way, but rather as a platform and support for people who want to turn their ideas into actions.”

-Eriko (Atsumi) Yagi


“It takes more than passion and smarts and a good business model for a social entrepreneur to succeed. Most of all it takes guts and unshakeable commitment.”

-Nicole Iden

2013 Global Fellow

“For me,"patient capital" has transformed from being a buzz phrase to something I see creating real value. At d.light, we're not only providing lights to people, but hope also.”

-Mustapha Abokede

2013 Global Fellow

“I learn to see and treat each individual as a complex being with emotions, struggles and hopes. ”

-Christina Tang

2013 Global Fellow

“The Acumen community is one of great role models. I am challenged and inspired to reflect on how my work contributes to something beyond myself and to lead from a place of purpose.”

-Mark McCoy


“I never knew I had this much potential; it has been a moment of learning and self discovery, great inspiration and encouragement, every leader needs this for progress in our time.”

-Joachim Ewechu

2013 East Africa Fellow

“Patient Capital is ultimately what’s going to move these countries out of poverty.”

-Bob Niehaus

Founder, Greenhill Capital Partners