Acumen Launches New U.S. Portfolio to Tackle Poverty in America

On May 16, 2016, Acumen, the nonprofit global venture fund, announced the launch of Acumen America, a portfolio of American social enterprises focused on tackling poverty within the U.S. After Acumen’s founding in 2001 and over $101 million invested in nearly 100 innovative enterprises addressing the global problems of poverty in Africa, South Asia, and […]

A World of Opportunity: The Changing Global Narrative on Poverty

Written by Haejin Hwang Haejin joined Boston+Acumen last December and is part of the Marketing and Logistics arms of the leadership team. Jacqueline Novogratz wrote four consecutive thought pieces on the way the global narrative on poverty has been shifting and the opportunity this shift presents for Acumen and collective impact. You can read a review of […]

Review of Jacqueline Novogratz’s Thought Piece on Patient Capital

Written by Haejin Hwang Haejin joined Boston+Acumen last December and is part of the Marketing and Logistics arms of the leadership team. Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder and CEO of Acumen, wrote four thought pieces last month on the way the global narrative on poverty has been shifting and the opportunity this shift presents for Acumen and collective […]

A Yelp-Like System for Low-Income Communities in the Developing World

Written by Priya Iyer Priya Iyer is the Founder/CEO of TulaLens, a system for low-income people in developing countries to provide feedback and retrieve crowdsourced information on the organizations that serve them. See TulaLens’ crowdfunding campaign, and learn more about their social media presence at http://igg.me/at/tulalens. I recently spent two weeks walking around the slum […]

A Modern-Day Salon

By Priya Iyer Priya is starting creating social enterprise called TulaLens, which is a platform that enables the financially poor in developing countries to participate in the design of products and services. http://tulalens.org/ Last night I attended a salon. Yup, I mean the kind of salon that was invented in 16th century Italy. Except this “salon” was […]

Ah-ha Moments – 101 Acumen Salon Dinner

Last month the BOSTON+acumen community gathered at the Cambridge Brewing Company for our Salon dinner discussion which centered dialogue around Acumen 101: Responding to popular demand for more insight on Acumen’s investees, mission and valuable work to highlight Acumen’s current engagements and the impact we hope to achieve. Conversations led to several ah-ha moments from […]

Thank You for Your Incredible Support!

It has been an exciting year at Acumen and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you. This year, hundreds of you have donated online, thousands of you have joined our community, and together we have impacted 115 million lives. This holiday season, we hope you will continue your generous support by making a donation to […]

Reflection Blog: Bold Enough to Fail

By Ernest Taylor Bold Enough to Fail was an event that was full of inspiration. The organizers couldn’t have chosen better speakers. The stories shared by these speakers about how they were empowered by their adversities were insightful. The speakers made me understand the value of viewing things outside the box. For example, when a […]

An Outsider’s Education: Ajay Singh on Ekal Vidyalaya and how to end illiteracy in rural India

By David Gittess (David is a researcher, writer, and true blue Floridian with a background in international relations and economics. After a two-week research trip to Nepal, he has voraciously pored through books and films on the developing world, and he’s currently pursuing on-the-ground work in Haiti or India. He is presently an employee for […]

Interview with Acumen Investee Sproxil’s CEO and Founder: Ashifi Gogo

What is your role as CEO and Founder of Sproxil? In 2009, I made a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative University annual gathering to provide patients in Ghana & Nigeria with an easy way to avoid buying harmful counterfeit medications. I continue to deliver on that commitment today, but in a much larger way. […]

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