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Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $88 million in 82 companies across Africa, Latin America and South Asia. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. This year, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies. Learn more at http://www.acumen.org and on Twitter @Acumen.

IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Acumen Academy to Award $50,000 to Social Entrepreneurs in East Africa  Image

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09-14-20

IKEA Social Entrepreneurship and Acumen Academy to Award $50,000 to Social Entrepreneurs in East Africa

Jony Meshesha of Green Face Trading in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Kevine Kagirimpundu of UZURI K&Y in Kigali, Rwanda will each receive $25,000 after participating in the Acumen and IKEA Social Entrepreneurship East Africa Accelerator. The goal of the accelerator was to strengthen the capacity of ...
Acumen Launches Acumen America to Tackle Poverty in the United States in Partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Barclays and The Hitachi Foundation Image

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05-16-16

Acumen Launches Acumen America to Tackle Poverty in the United States in Partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Barclays and The Hitachi Foundation

Acumen, the nonprofit global venture fund, announced today the launch of Acumen America, a portfolio of American social enterprises focused on tackling poverty within the United States. Since its founding in 2001, Acumen has invested $101 million to build ...

Unilever and Acumen Announce Investment to Bring Cleaner, More Affordable Cook Stoves to Smallholder Farmers and Plantation Workers in East Africa Image

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12-17-15

Unilever and Acumen Announce Investment to Bring Cleaner, More Affordable Cook Stoves to Smallholder Farmers and Plantation Workers in East Africa

 Acumen and Unilever announced today they will invest nearly $800,000 to enable BURN Manufacturing to bring its new low-cost, energy-efficient, wood-burning cook stove, the Kuniokoa

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