Acumen | Investment Criteria and FAQ -

Learn What Makes an Acumen Investment

From banks in rural Pakistan supporting low-income farmers to ambulances in Mumbai with a mandate to “serve all” regardless of income, our companies are solving some of the world’s toughest social problems.

The criteria we use to make investments

1. GEOGRAPHY

We invests in companies that have significant operations or impact within East Africa, West Africa, India, Pakistan, Latin America, or the United States.

2. Sectors

Our global investment focus sectors are Energy, Agriculture, Health, and Education. Within the United States, we focus on Financial Inclusion, Health, and Workforce Development.

3. Stage

We invest in seed- to early-stage social enterprises, deploying either equity, quasi-equity or debt capital.

4. POTENTIAL FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

We seek to invest in enterprises that provide a product or deliver a service that addresses a critical need for the poor.

5. POTENTIAL FOR FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Our business models demonstrate the potential to finance themselves beyond Acumen’s investment, either through follow-on capital or internal cash flows.

6. POTENTIAL FOR SCALED IMPACT

We seeks opportunities that have the potential to scale the number of end users or be leading service providers.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, Acumen makes equity and debt investments in for-profit social enterprises.

No, Acumen does not invest in non-profit companies.

We source our investment opportunities via referrals and do not accept unsolicited proposals.  

For more information about our investment process, please check out our approach to investing.

For more information about our investment principles, please check out our approach to investing.

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