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Acumen



Acumen Fund
Grant

Non-profit that invests in tackling poverty through pioneering the use of patient capital


Acumen is a non-profit that raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

A bold, new way of tackling poverty that's about dignity, not dependence - and choice, not charity.


Summary

As a non-profit, we raise charitable donations that allow us to make patient long-term debt or equity investments in early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.

Investment Criteria

We invest in game-changing companies that are transforming the way the world tackles poverty. To us, that means identifying enterprises that meet the following criteria:

  • Geography: Be located in or have significant operations or impact in East Africa, West Africa, India, Pakistan, or Latin America (launching soon).
  • Sectors: Operate in one of our investment sectors of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health, Housing, or Water.
  • Stage: Be an early-mid stage company that is in the process of scaling. We rarely invest in pure start-up companies. Check out the FAQ section on the “Apply for Investment” page to learn more about the stages we invest.
  • Investment Size: Be seeking investment capital in the range of $0.25M-$3M, structured as either debt or equity.
  • Strong Management Team: Have a strong and experienced management team with the skills, will, and vision to execute the business plan, an unwavering commitment to serve the poor, and unyielding ethics.
  • Potential for Significant Social Impact: Make a product or deliver a service that addresses a critical need for the poor in our sectors and geographic focus.  These products or services must be economically better or create greater social impact than what is available currently through the market, aid, or charitable distribution.
  • Potential for Financial Sustainability: Have a clear business model that demonstrates the potential for financial sustainability within a five to seven year period; including the ability to cover operating expenses with operating revenues.
  • Potential to Achieve Scale: Be able to demonstrate a clear path to scale for the number of end users over the period of our investment, and be positioned as one of the leading service providers in the market.

Note

*This is a grant. Grants do not provide principal or a financial return back to your account.


 

 
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Acumen Fund

Impact sectors:

Clean technology
Education
Healthcare
Sustainable agriculture
Technology & Mobile
Water & sanitation
 
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Support with SharedImpact:

It's flexible - we lower the usual minimums to let you spread your support to many causes.

It's easy - no need to call, email or discuss with an advisor.

It's charity - as a Registered Charity we ensure your donations are used efficiently.

It's assured - years of impact investment, financial and technical expertise combined.

It's expert - as the inventors of the secondary market for social investments you know you're in good hands.

It's yours - we're here for you. No shareholders. No parent corporate. Simply charity.

Helping you manage the gift that keeps on giving

 

 

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