Acumen | America -

Acumen America is harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to disrupt poverty in the United States

Investment Region: America

Income inequality in the U.S. exceeds any other democracy in the developed world. Right now, there are nearly 47 million people living in poverty in America. We help build sustainable models to move millions of Americans out of poverty.

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Financial Inclusion

We focus on innovations providing access to financial services that enable low-income and unbanked customers to build tangible pathways to a secure future.

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Our investments support a range of solutions to provide affordable, high-quality health care and improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of medical treatment for low-income families everywhere.

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Workforce Development

Our investments provide low-income students and job seekers with the training and tools they need to secure employment and succeed in building lifelong careers for themselves.

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The Problem

46.5 million Americans are living in poverty and income inequality in the U.S. exceeds any other democracy in the developed world. Assistance programs can be difficult to navigate for those who need them most.

The Opportunity

Entrepreneurs are important drivers of economic and social progress and rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprises are important sources of innovation, employment and productivity growth.

The Solution

Investing in startups with the capacity to make both markets and government systems work better for the poor will generate sustainable, long-term solutions to poverty and build a more inclusive economy for all.


Seed and Series A Investments

We make $250-750K investments to help early-stage companies validate assumptions, bring products and services to market, and begin to scale.

Follow-on Capital

We reserve capital early on in the investing process in order to enable us to provide follow-on capital to top-performing portfolio companies.

Access to Expertise

Our companies have access to our expertise and a network of advisors with deep insight into sectors, channels and customers in these communities.

Post-investment Support

We offer active post-investment support and guidance in the areas of strategy, governance, customer insights and fundraising.


Our partners share our belief that business has an essential role to play in addressing the complex challenges of our time.

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The markets alone cannot solve the problems of poverty; nor are charity and aid enough

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