Why Impact Investment Must Be a Means Not an End

Acumen has been supporting services such as healthcare, electricity, agriculture, and education that has benefited millions of people worldwide.

According to Acumen, "potential for impact is as much about the entrepreneur as it is the business model: the who – and the what – we invest in."

Acumen partnered with entrepreneurs with the character and fierce determination to change the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

Acumen invests in purpose-driven entrepreneurs at the early stage of business development, deploying risk-tolerant patient capital backed by philanthropy. Acumen sees investment as a means, not an end.

As pioneer, impact-driven investors, Acumen starts with the problem to solve and then determines the kind of capital needed to solve it. As early-stage investors, Acumen also understands that its investees need support. Acumen's hands-on support and accountability also entails measuring impact. Read the Entire Article


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Is There Community Accountability In Impact Investing?

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