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TED Q&A with Haya Zahid and Soumya Dabriwal

The Brave and the Brilliant was the theme this year at TED 2024, which is also how we would describe the 16 Acumen Fellows who traveled to Vancouver to take part. We interviewed two of them about their experience.

La construcción de confianza empieza por escuchar

Para Laddie Vernaza el coco es su vida. Es el sustento de su familia, es el cultivo que le dio de comer a ella y sus hermanos, incluso era lo que servía de balón con el que jugaba “yermis” cuando pequeña. Laddie nació en Caleta Viento Libre, una vereda ubicada en ACAPA un Consejo Comunitario … Continued

Aquarech is digitizing aquaculture on Lake Victoria

Dave Okech remembers the rich life around Lake Victoria. Born and raised on its shores, he witnessed its flourishing biodiversity and the generations who thrived on its seemingly unlimited supply of fresh fish. But by the mid-90s, overfishing, invasive species, and pollution had cast a shadow. “When my community around Victoria was harvesting fish, life … Continued

Ampersand is leading the e-mobility revolution across Africa

Call them boda bodas, piki pikis, or motos. Motorbike taxis are an increasingly popular mode of transportation in East Africa. And for good reason. They are an affordable, convenient, and zippy form of travel in the region’s bustling meccas.  For the last 50 years, the mass of motorized bikes has played a key role in … Continued

Social innovation’s toll: Experimenting with vulnerable communities

Content Warning: This post contains mention of suicide. If you need support, please seek assistance through available resources.   Social innovators – inclusive of investors like Acumen and the entrepreneurs we fund – walk a fine line. We invest in early-stage companies to address problems of poverty, but to do that our investees must work closely … Continued

El milagro del Camu Camu

“A Puerto Leguízamo solo se llega en avión o en deslizador” dice Nini Johana Medina, una pequeña productora de Camu Camu y una de las mujeres que hacen parte de la cadena de suministro de Selva Nevada, cuando habla de las dificultades de vivir en este municipio del departamento de Putumayo al sur del país. … Continued

The risk and reward of bringing modern energy to hard-to-reach markets

In a world where electricity is an everyday convenience for billions, there are still 675 million people living without access to this essential resource. A staggering 80% of these individuals reside in sub-Saharan Africa, their lives out of the spotlight, and lacking the opportunities that electricity could bring. Amidst this challenging landscape, a group of … Continued