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About us

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Acumen is a global force of entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and social innovators working together to break the cycle of poverty.

We were founded on the radical idea that business can solve the hardest problems of poverty. 

We focus on investing in transformational companies, building sustainable markets and preparing leaders with the tools they need to create a more just and inclusive future. Since 2001, we have scaled companies and shaped markets in some of the hardest to reach communities on the planet, impacting hundreds of millions of lives.

Acumen at a glance

lives impacted since 2001
portfolio companies improving lives
deployed to scale solutions
Academy alumni driving real-world impact
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Meet our Founder and CEO

Jacqueline Novagratz is a trailblazing social innovator and best-selling author whose work has inspired people around the world and taken impact investing from a fringe concept to a mainstream phenomenon.

Our team

We are a tireless team of investors and innovators who come from many corners of the globe and go wherever our impact is needed most.

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Connect with us

Annual Report

Imagine Dignity

Our 2022 Annual Report highlights the ways we went bigger and bolder in identifying problems, building markets, and scaling solutions to problems of poverty.

A closer look at Acumen

What we do

By preparing entrepreneurs and deploying Patient Capital, we give people in poverty the power to transform their lives.

Problems we solve

We focus on solving problems across the five strategic sectors of energy, agriculture, workforce, healthcare, and education.

Where we work

We work in some of the hardest to reach communities on the planet, from Africa to India, Latin America to the United States.