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Annual Reports

2020 Annual Report

From mobilizing to raise COVID-19 emergency relief funds to launching Acumen Academy, our 2020 Annual Report explores the resilience of our global community to stand with poor and vulnerable communities in crisis, and beyond.

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2019 Annual Report

In 2019, Acumen’s work came together to create a springboard for unprecedented impact in the years ahead—from developing investment principles to guide our work to laying the foundation for the launch of Acumen Academy.

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2018 Annual Report

In 2018, Acumen expanded its impact across the world, investing patient capital in 13 new companies, successfully exiting three investments, expanding our Fellows Program to two new regions and more.
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15-Year Report

In the 15 years since its founding, Acumen has seen its investees and Fellows transform millions of lives—and honed in on five big ideas to take this impact to the next level.

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Publications

Lighting the Way: Roadmap to Exits in Off-Grid Energy

This report seeks to identify the most viable pathways to exit, so companies, investors and other stakeholders can recycle capital into new pioneering companies.

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A Lean Data How to Guide: Understanding Gender Impact (Pt 2)

The Lean Data How-to Guide provides a simple, easy-to-use, and actionable approach to help businesses, program designers, and investors put the voices of those they aim to serve at front and center.

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A Lean Data How to Guide: Understanding Gender Impact (Pt 1)

Acumen and Unilever have partnered to bring a gender lens to impact measurement with a new toolkit designed to better understand how programs and services are affecting women and girls across the globe.

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Cocoa Interrupted

Cocoa Interrupted is an initiative led by Acumen and Hershey’s to explore opportunities for social enterprises to catalyze impact in low-income cocoa growing communities in West Africa.

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Acumen Energy Impact Report

Energy lights up homes and powers communities and businesses. For the last 10 years Acumen has invested to bring energy to the more than 1 billion people living off the grid.

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ACCELERATING ENERGY ACCESS: THE ROLE OF PATIENT CAPITAL

With the right infusion of capital and support, off-grid solutions could bring power to an additional 620 million people by 2030.

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Innovations in Impact Measurement

Lessons using mobile technology from Acumen’s Lean Data Initiative and Root Capital’s Client-Centric Mobile Measurement.

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WOMEN AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

Findings from several case studies from Acumen’s portfolio of investments, which demonstrate how social enterprises are engaging and impacting women.

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FROM BLUEPRINT TO SCALE: THE CASE FOR PHILANTHROPY IN IMPACT INVESTING

This report shows that capital alone will not unlock the potential of impact investing and that truly realizing the impact in impact investing will require more, not less, philanthropy.

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Growing Prosperity

Growing Prosperity, a report by Acumen and Bain & Company unveils how social enterprises can find new, effective ways to profitably serve these hard-to-reach customers at scale.

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Classifiying Acumen's Fund Impacts Using the IMP+ACT Classification System

Acumen collaborated with IMP+ACT Alliance, a technology initiative for the public good, to help elevate impact to the forefront of decision making and define success in investing.

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Kenya Education Market Research Summary

Entrepreneurs and investors need reliable, clear market insights to inform decision-making. However there is a lack of this data in Kenya. To address this need, Acumen led a process to gather market-oriented insights on the desires, motivations, perceptions and willingness to pay of key education stakeholders.

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2019 Annual Report

In 2019, Acumen’s work came together to create a springboard for unprecedented impact in the years ahead—from developing investment principles to guide our work to laying the foundation for the launch of Acumen Academy.

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