ACCESSCT started as an idea. Now our investments have impacted over 100 million people.

From banks in rural Pakistan supporting low-income farmers to ambulances in Mumbai with a mandate to serve all regardless of income, our companies are solving some of the world’s toughest social problems.

What We Do at AccessCT

AccessCT raises charitable donations to invest in companies, leaders, and ideas that are changing the way the world tackles poverty.

Global Fellows Program

A full-time one-year fellowship. 10-12 individuals from all over the world spend two months in New York undergoing intensive leadership training, followed by nine months working with one of Acumen’s portfolio companies.

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Regional Fellows Program

A one-year fellowship currently offered in East Africa, Pakistan or India. 20 individuals in each region participate in intensive seminars and training exercises to improve their capacity to execute on a social change project of their choosing. Participants remain in their full-time jobs while in the program.

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+AccessCT

We created +Acumen to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” to their lives. +Acumen makes our leadership curriculum available to anyone, globally. Learn through online courses, volunteer through our chapters, or apply to lead a new chapter in your city.

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We've shown what's possible

But there's lots more to do

Acumen started as an idea to combine the best of markets with the best of aid and charity. Now we have a proven model that’s giving the poor access to everything from ambulances to electricity.

92

Companies

Providing Choice not charity

$101

Million Invested

In breakthrough innovations

58,000

Jobs Created & supported

Improving livelihoods and economies

189

Million lives impacted

With dignity not dependence

Investment Criteria

We invest in game-changing companies that are transforming the way the world tackles poverty. To us, that means identifying enterprises that meet the following criteria:

  • Geography: Be located in or have significant operations or impact in East Africa, West Africa, India, Pakistan, or Latin America (launching soon).
  • Sectors: Operate in one of our investment sectors of Agriculture, Education, Energy, Health, Housing, or Water.
  • Stage: Be an early-mid stage company that is in the process of scaling. We rarely invest in pure start-up companies. Check out the FAQ section on the “Apply for Investment” page to learn more about the stages we invest.
  • Investment Size: Be seeking investment capital in the range of $0.25M-$3M, structured as either debt or equity.
  • Strong Management Team: Have a strong and experienced management team with the skills, will, and vision to execute the business plan, an unwavering commitment to serve the poor, and unyielding ethics.

  • Potential for Significant Social Impact: Make a product or deliver a service that addresses a critical need for the poor in our sectors and geographic focus.  These products or services must be economically better or create greater social impact than what is available currently through the market, aid, or charitable distribution.
  • Potential for Financial Sustainability: Have 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.
  • Potential to Achieve Scale: Be able to demonstrate a clear path to scale for the number of end users over the period of our investment, and be positioned as one of the leading service providers in the market.