Updated Nov 23, 2017CLOSED

Acumen Fund Investment Grant

Offered by Acumen

Acumen raises charitable donations which are then used for long-term debt or equity investments for early-stage companies providing reliable and affordable access to agricultural inputs and markets, quality education, clean energy, healthcare services, formal housing, and safe drinking water to low-income customers.
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GrantType
CLOSEDOct 27, 2017Deadline
$250,000 - $3,000,000Amount
60-84Duration(Months)

Mandatory Requirements

StageStage 4: Transition to Scale, Stage 5: Scaling and Stage 6: Sustained Scale
Implemented in:
RegionLatin America / Caribbean
CountryCape Verde, Guinea, Ghana, Gambia, The, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Benin, Senegal, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mali, Liberia, Kenya, India, Cote d'Ivoire, Togo, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Sierra Leone and Pakistan
Focus AreasAgriculture
Education
Energy
Health
Housing and Infrastructure
Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
Be an early-mid stage company that is in the process of scaling. We rarely invest in pure start-up companies.

Other Requirements

Target BeneficiariesMake a product or deliver a service that addresses a critical need for the poor in our sectors and geographic focus. These products or services need to be economically better or create greater social impact than what is currently available on the market or through charitable distribution channels.
Management TeamHave a strong and experienced management team with the skills and will to execute the business plan with a clear and compelling vision. The management team is dedicated to serving low-income individuals and has unyielding ethics.
Potential for ScaleBe able to demonstrate a clear path to scale the number of end users over the period of our investment and be positioned as one of the leading service providers in the market
Financial StatementsHave a clear business model that demonstrates the potential for financial sustainability within a five to seven year period; including the ability to cover operating expenses with operating revenues.

Application Directions

To submit a proposal, applicants must review their investment criteria, create their executive summary and submit their application form.
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