We focus on innovations providing access to financial services that enable low-income and unbanked customers to build tangible pathways to a secure future.
Acumen America is harnessing the power of entrepreneurship to disrupt poverty in the United States
We build sustainable models to move millions of Americans out of poverty
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.
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.
Entrepreneurs are important drivers of economic and social progress and rapidly growing entrepreneurial enterprises are important sources of innovation, employment and productivity growth.
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.
HOW WE INVEST
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.
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.
We offer active post-investment support and guidance in the areas of strategy, governance, customer insights and fundraising.
The markets alone cannot solve the problems of poverty; nor are charity and aid enough