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Acumen Academy

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The world’s school for social change

We provide the tools and community for leaders to create the change they dare to dream.

At Acumen Academy, entrepreneurs learn the hard skills required to build scalable solutions to poverty and hone the harder skills of moral leadership to reimagine and build a better world. 

Our transformative, cohort-based leadership programs are for entrepreneurs who want to solve and scale solutions to poverty.

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Our global community of more than 1,600 alumni are building businesses and organizations that redefine the future of food, education, healthcare, workforce development, and more.

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Our courses are for anyone, anywhere seeking to create positive impact in their communities. Learn about storytelling for change, pick up new skills in systems practice, or dive into human-centered design. More than half a million people have taken our courses. Find yours.

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A casual conversation between Acumen fellows Aniket Doegar and Sathya Raghu V Mokkapati at a Acumen event
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In good company

The Foundry are graduates of our programs. As a global network of more than 1,600 peers, they have access not only to each other, but to resources, mentoring, and social and financial capital.

From blueprint to breakthrough

Acumen Angels awards early-stage capital to entrepreneurs from our alumni community who are scaling solutions to poverty. Collectively impacting more than 20 million lives, the program provides the critical funding they need to develop ideas and refine their business models.

A transformative leadership experience

Our Fellowship programs run across eight regions. Individuals embark on a life-changing journey where leadership skills and the practice of moral imagination combine to prepare leaders to navigate a complex world. 

A closer look at Acumen

Where we work

Our interactive map offers a lay-of-the-land of everything we do, everywhere. Across nine regions, we have four commercial funds, six regional portfolio teams, and eight Fellowship programs.

About us

We’ve been at it for over 20 years, and we’re a hard-working team. With offices across all our regions, we are a global organization with a laser-focus on issues of poverty.