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Acumen Acumen invests in companies, leaders and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

Venture Philanthropist

OVERVIEW

Description

Acumen’s mission is to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders, and ideas. We invest patient capital in business models that deliver critical goods and services like high-quality, affordable healthcare, water, sanitation, energy, housing, education and agriculture services to low-income individuals, improving the lives of millions. Since 2001, Acumen has invested more than $88 million in 82 companies in India, Pakistan, and East & West Africa in regions where markets have failed and traditional aid has fallen short. Acumen is also building a global community of leaders who have the skills, capacity and moral imagination to solve the world’s toughest problems; and is committed to sharing lessons, ideas and insights from this work with the rest of the world.

FUNDING TYPES AND CRITERIA

Provides direct investment

INVESTMENT RANGE:

$300,000 - $2,500,000

FUND SIZE:

$10,000,000

INTERESTED IN THESE SECTORS

Agriculture; Education; Energy; Food and Nutrition; Health; Housing, Shelter, Homelessness; Sanitation, Waste Management; Water

Stages

  • 4) Early Customer Traction, Revenue
  • 5) Starting to See Strong Revenue Traction
  • 6) Solidifying Operations
  • 7) Rapid Growth

social vs. financial return preference

  • 1: Social Return First

Types of entities

  • For Profit
  • Hybrid

providing funding for these regions

  • Latin America
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • India
  • Global

funding types

  • Debt
  • Rev Share / Quasi Equity
  • Convertible
  • Equity

DEALS

TEAM MEMBERS

Team

ASSOCIATIONS

IA 50 2014 Manager

This company was selected as an ImpactAssets 50 2014 Manager.