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Solar Home Systems: Over-investment or overvaluation?

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 seeing a trend emerge in the off-grid sector, in which some young solar home system companies are being overvalued before...
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The Third Plate and the Future of Impact Investing

By Sasha Dichter on April 25, 2017

Our food system is broken. While we have solved the problem of how to produce lots of calories for a low direct cost, this same food system has resulted in an obesity epidemic; it is why nearly 10% of the U.S. population has Type 2 diabetes; and, most recently, it likely is playing a role in the huge spike in colon cancer for people in...
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Forbes Names Jacqueline Novogratz as one of 100 Greatest Living Business Minds

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 most influential business leaders around the world. In developing the list of 100, Forbes sought people who had either created...
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By Acumen on October 17, 2017

October 17, 2017 – New York, NY – Acumen, the nonprofit social venture fund, has teamed up with renowned photographer Martin Schoeller to create a campaign to change the way the world sees the poor and how poverty is portrayed. The #SeePeople campaign kicks off today, on the UN’s International...
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Solar Home Systems: Over-investment or overvaluation?

By Leslie Labruto on June 14, 2017

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By Avery Loise Bang on June 02, 2017

The relationship between the social sector and the corporate world is complex. Skills Partnerships have emerged as a way of engaging both sectors. This form of engagement may have started with activities like leveraging a corporation’s expansive workforce to build a house for the homeless...
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By Acumen on May 16, 2017

We are thrilled to announce Andrea Soros Colombel’s return to Acumen’s Board of Directors. Andrea played an integral role in the development of Acumen as a Founding Partner in 2001, then deepening her commitment by serving on the Board from 2005 to 2014. During that...
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By Kat Harrison on April 12, 2017

Imagine for a moment that the light used in your home was a poison. One that could damage your lungs, irritate your eyes, even impact the health of your unborn child. You’d think twice about flicking on that switch. Kerosene lamps—used by an estimated 290 million...
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By Acumen on April 04, 2017

Acumen, with support from EY, Sainsbury’s, Pfizer, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, is hosting their second Beyond Dialogue workshop today as a part of the Skoll World Forum. The event, Beyond Dialogue: Three Models for High Impact Collaboration, will bring together leading global...
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