Acumen is a $64 million charitable fund which raises charitable donations to invest into companies, leaders, and ideas who tackle poverty in developing countries. The fund operates like a venture capital fund for the poor, supported by a global community of philanthropists willing to take a bet on a new approach. Donors are called “Partners” and treated like investors. The fund invests in companies leading innovations in hand-held solar power, cook stoves, off-grid generation, home systems, bio-gasification systems, and others.
Acumen focuses on projects in Solar, Biomass, Wind, and Small Hydro.