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. Since 2005 Acumen has invested more than $17M in 15 companies to build the largest portfolio of off-grid energy companies serving the poor. Since 2005 Acumen has invested more than $17m in 15 companies to build one of the largest portfolio of off-grid energy companies serving the poor. Founded by Jacqueline Novogratz in 2001, Acumen has invested more than $101 million in 92 companies across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. We are also developing a global community of emerging leaders with the knowledge, skills and determination to create a more inclusive world. In 2015, Acumen was named one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Not-for-Profit Companies.