Acumen

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Year established: 
2001
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Acumen raises charitable donations to invest patient capital in business models that deliver critical goods and services to the world’s poor. Since 2001, Acumen has improved the lives of millions by investing in companies providing agricultural inputs, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, safe drinking water, and sanitation services to low-income customers in India, Pakistan, East Africa, and West Africa.

Acumen started investing in Education in 2011 with a focus on education services and skills or vocational training for low-income customers. By investing in a portfolio of solutions addressing education, Acumen helps to close the gap between access, quality, and affordability to generate pathways out of poverty for millions. Acumen's Education investments focus predominantly on three areas:
 
Formal schooling: improving educational and employment outcomes for children directly through integrated school-based learning environments.
Schooling support: enhancing the child’s ability to learn in and out of school, the teacher’s ability to teach, and the ability to measure quality and outcomes.
Employability: deliver soft and hard skills leading to guaranteed, meaningful job placement for unskilled youth.
 

Funding Priorities

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Range of typical investment size: 
$500,000-$1 million
Typical length of investment: 
Most are investments of between 5-10 years (“Patient Capital”)
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