Propelling Socially Conscious Investing: Acumen Fund

Written by on March 19, 2009 in Africa, Asia, Entrepreneurship, Health, Microfinance, Videos, World - 6 Comments

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If you’re familiar with Acumen Fund, you know these change makers genuinely understand, appreciate and support social entrepreneurship. With a unique, patient capital approach to venture investment, Acumen Fund is pioneering a socially conscious investment model.

Acumen’s portfolio is comprised of dynamic entrepreneurs from around the world who are focused on creating affordable, sustainable solutions to critical social issues including poverty, energy, health, housing and water. Entrepreneurial ventures are meticulously selected based on Acumen’s primary investment criteria: potential for significant social impact, potential for financial sustainability, and potential for scalability.

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Once a venture is selected, Acumen invests amounts ranging from $300,000 to $2,000,000 with a long term exit strategy- 5 to 7 years. This patient approach to investment is absolutely critical to achieving sustainable results and we applaud the work of leaders at Acumen. To date, entrepreneurial ventures supported by Acumen Fund have transformed the lives of over 13 million individuals. From malaria protection to clean drinking water and almost everything in between, Acumen entrepreneurs are challenging the status quo, making a difference and changing lives.

Watch the founder of Acumen Fund, Jacqueline Novogratz give an inspirational speech at TED below.

Acumen Fund

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  • Venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty.
  • Organization Type: Non-Profit
  • Website: www.acumenfund.org
  • Founder(s):Jacqueline Novogratz
  • Founded:2001
  • Location:United States, India, Kenya, Pakistan
  • See complete company list here

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Naiomi

Naiomi is passionate about business for good and social entrepreneurship. As co-founder of SocialEarth, she hopes to help create an information platform enabling those doing good to share their stories with those those seeking to help and are interested in moving our world forward.

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  • JeffMowatt

    Naiomi, Maybe this will be of interest in the context of social impact investing. Its an account of applying a social business model to fund activism which was to leverage change that has impacted domestic adoptions of children in Ukraine.

    http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=136324

    Jeff

  • JeffMowatt

    Naiomi, Maybe this will be of interest in the context of social impact investing. Its an account of applying a social business model to fund activism which was to leverage change that has impacted domestic adoptions of children in Ukraine.

    http://www.ecademy.com/node.php?id=136324

    Jeff

  • bertinmarclyne

    My name is Bertin Marc-lyne I would like to go in the university for education in haiti

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  • http://www.bhu.ac.in/fms Prof. H C Chaudhary

    Dear Acumenfund Team,

    We ,at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi(India) , are organising a ” SOCIAL BUSINESS PLAN COMPETITION” UTTHAN’2012″ for B-Schools students of india on 6th-7th, January,2012.We would like to invite ACUMEN FUND(INDIA) to advise us and support us in our effort in awakening social enterpreneurship spirit among young gereration of India.

    H C Chaudhary