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Pivoting to Meet the World’s Changing Needs: A Hallmark of Moral Leadership

August 25, 2022

This is the story of LabourNet, which had the courage to pivot when the pandemic struck and the needs of their community were forever changed. Gayathri Vasudevan, LabourNet’s co-founder, was able to see beyond what is, and imagine what could be.
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Acumen Launches a $25 Million Investment Initiative to Power Livelihoods with Clean Energy

July 12, 2022

This week, Acumen launched its new Pioneer Energy Investment Initiative: Powering Livelihoods Using Solar (PEII+). PEII+ is a 5-year, $25 million dollar initiative that will invest early-stage capital in companies that provide renewable energy-powered appliances–from mills and irrigation pumps to electric motorbikes and refrigerators–to microentrepreneurs and smallholder farmers in India and East and West Africa. The goal is to leverage these technologies to boost incomes...
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Reflecting on the Past to Rebuild an Industry

August 11, 2022

Strawcture is the story of a young entrepreneurial leader who turned challenge into opportunity, saw the world around her anew–and took a risk to create a company that just might change an industry for good.
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September 21, 2022

The Challenge: Food Loss Due to Lack of Cold Storage Efficiency for Access estimates that up to 30% of post-harvest food losses could be saved through cold storage solutions. Many micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria and across most of sub-Saharan Africa that...
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Where Credit is Due: How to Safely Scale PAYGo Finance

By Daniel Waldron, Head of Insights on May 10, 2022

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October 18, 2021

Lindsay Stradley, David Auerbach, and Ani Vallabhaneni understand what it means to innovate at the edges while keeping an eye to wholesale systems change. They understand that some systems are so complex, colossal, and dysfunctional that moral innovation is required.
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October 05, 2021

Acumen, with the support of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and partners, launched a report with new survey data demonstrating how social enterprises bring inclusion, sustainability, and social impact into corporate value chains. NEW YORK, October 4, 2021 — Today, Acumen, a nonprofit impact investment fund, in...
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August 05, 2021

Earlier this month, Analynn Salvato rode 530 miles from New York City to the Canadian border. In her day job, Analynn is a project manager for an equity research firm. On this eight-day journey, however, she rode for a different kind of equity, the kind...
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August 04, 2021

The $58 million Acumen Resilient Agriculture Fund, sponsored by Acumen and managed by Acumen Capital Partners, helps farmers adapt to climate change and strengthen their livelihoods. In sub-Saharan Africa, as much as 80% of the food is produced by smallholder farmers. Most of these farmers...
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