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Acumen America Makes Its First Financial Inclusion Investment under New Partnership with MetLife Foundation

By ACUMEN on January 09, 2018

First investment, EarnUp, helps low-income Americans manage their debt New York, NY (January 9, 2018) — Acumen, the nonprofit global venture fund, today announced its first financial inclusion investment under its Acumen America portfolio. Launched in 2016, Acumen America invests in social enterprises addressing the problems of poverty in the United States with a focus on the sectors of health care, workforce development and financial inclusion....
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Making Money Work: The State of Off-Grid Investing

By Leslie Labruto on December 07, 2017

At Acumen’s Energy Summit in London, we chatted with sector experts about the current state of investing in off-grid energy. Collectively, we examined the types of capital required to scale off-grid energy companies and the magnitude of investment needed to achieve universal energy access. Led by Daniel Goldfarb, CEO of Lendable, and Amar Inamdar, Managing Director of a growth fund for off-grid energy startups in...
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Acumen Hosts Industry Leaders at Energy Summit

By Acumen on November 13, 2017

On October 4, Acumen held its second Energy Summit, bringing together more than 100 entrepreneurs, investors and key players to accelerate progress in the sector. Held in London, the event focused on the journey of early stage entrepreneurs, the voice of the customer they are serving, and how this unique mix of players can achieve more together across the field. The summit is part of...
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By ACUMEN on January 09, 2018

First investment, EarnUp, helps low-income Americans manage their debt New York, NY (January 9, 2018) — Acumen, the nonprofit global venture fund, today announced its first financial inclusion investment under its Acumen America portfolio. Launched in 2016, Acumen America invests in social enterprises addressing the problems...
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Acumen America: Transforming the US Healthcare System

By Amon Anderson on December 31, 2017

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Making Money Work: The State of Off-Grid Investing

By Leslie Labruto on December 07, 2017

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By Acumen on November 22, 2017

We recently asked a group of off-grid energy experts, including our entrepreneurs and other industry leaders, where they are seeing truly new, groundbreaking innovations in sales, distribution and financing? While we were hoping for an example of true invention, what we’ve learned is that the...
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By Leslie Labruto on November 15, 2017

When Acumen first began investing in West Africa in 2011, we believed that many of the business models, products and services would translate from East Africa. Overcoming contextual differences, such as access to mobile money and a willingness to pay, was tougher than we thought...
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By Acumen on September 19, 2017

Acumen Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz is featured in Forbes magazine’s special centennial issue, released today, as one of The World’s 100 Greatest Living Business Minds. In celebration of its 100th anniversary, Forbes has put together this collector’s edition featuring essays, lessons and ideas for the next 100 years from today’s...
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By Leslie Labruto on June 14, 2017

When you hear the term “unicorn,” you usually think of Silicon Valley. Your mind goes to companies like AirBnB and Snapchat, startups that seem to grow from zero to $1 billon overnight, not to social enterprises trying to bring energy to the poor. But we’re...
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