Where they are now: 2014’s PITCH Winner – State of Ambition

Thinking of applying for this year’s London+Acumen PITCH event, but need some inspiration? We recently checked in with some of last year’s social enterprise participants, and here’s what State of Ambition, 2014 winners of the London+Acumen PITCH event, had to say about where they are now. __________________________________________________________________________________ A year after winning London+Acumen’s PITCH 2014 2014 […]

DEADLINE EXTENDED: London+Acumen PITCH 2015 for social enterprises – call for applications!

London+Acumen PITCH 2015 for social enterprises – open for submissions! We are excited to announce that applications for London+Acumen’s social enterprise PITCH 2015 competition are now open! Social ventures play an increasingly significant role in the delivery of key services to our communities, mainly in sectors such as education, food, healthcare, finance and technology. The London+Acumen PITCH […]

Design Thinking in Education: developing future leaders in Colombia

By Rebecca Spohrer and Ed Halliday, Acumen+ London chapter members Global education systems are not giving students the opportunity to develop the critical character skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. CoSchool is using Human-Centred Design methodologies as part of their programs with students, teachers and schools across Colombia. You can learn this […]

How to Succeed in Microfinance

By Mayowa Oduola, Acumen+ London Chapter volunteer The phenomenal success of many microfinance initiatives throughout developing nations has sparked interest in the microfinance movement across the globe. However the success of some microfinance enterprises also brings to light the failure of others. What separates successful microfinance start-ups from unsuccessful ones? By comparing successful microfinance business […]

Business as un-usual: a career with purpose

By Rebecca Spohrer, Acumen+ London Chapter volunteer An exciting program in London and Paris helps professionals embark on a more fulfilling career “What is my purpose in life?” Who hasn’t asked themselves this question? I’m assuming the answer isn’t “to work for the Man.” If it is, you can stop reading now. But if you […]

Impact Investing vs. Charity? Q&A with Chris Walker

By Rebecca Spohrer, Acumen+ London Chapter volunteer It’s not impact investing vs. charity. It’s impact investing AND charity… Here’s why. Impact investing is transforming the way the development sector thinks about delivering social goods and services. But where does this leave charity? I recently caught up with Chris Walker, former Acumen Fellow and now Social […]

Empowering the next generation of women leaders

By Carolyn Wensley, co-chair of the London+Acumen chapter We all have special women surrounding us, be it our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and girlfriends, but they still experience the gender gap from the world of business to advancing women’s rights in emerging economies. They are also at the helm of emerging local economies, however […]

Beyond learning: building a community of practice with +Acumen courses

This blog post was written with help from Danial Malik, a volunteer course ambassador with Toronto+Acumen and Anna Rickman, a volunteer course ambassador with London+Acumen. Registration is now open for Making Sense of Social Impact: Acumen’s Building Blocks for Impact Analysis and Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change. We started +Acumen courses with a vision to share Acumen’s leadership curriculum with more people around the […]

London+Acumen PITCH for social enterprise – now open for submissions!

We are excited to announce that applications for London+Acumen’s social enterprise PITCH competition are now open! Increasingly, as highlighted by Nesta’s 2014 New Radicals released earlier this month, social ventures are playing a much larger rolein the delivery of key services to our communities, mainly in sectors such as education, food, healthcare, finance and technology. […]

Interview with Sapna Shah

By Ian Hadden Sapna Shah is a portfolio manager in Acumen’s East Africa office. I was lucky enough to catch up with her in London a couple of weeks ago when she gave me some fascinating insights into life on the ground with Acumen in Africa. Welcome back to London! Could you introduce yourself to […]

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