Category: Education

Companies doing Unreasonable good

As a most unusual meet-up of investors and entrepreneurs, it could have been called “Doing Good Meets Business Discipline” or maybe “Non-profit Goes For-Profit.” With uncharacteristic understatement, the event sponsor, Unreasonable Institute, of Boulder, CO, chose to call it merely…

Impact investing in francophone Africa

Issam Chleuh is the 27-year-old Malian national and founder of the Africa Impact Group, an advisory, research, data and news service provider that specialises in impact investing in francophone Africa. Impact investing refers to investments made into companies or funds…

To unleash India’s potential

Technology will pave the way to happiness and prosperity. (Sanjeev Gupta/EPA) By Vivek Wadhwa Indians are fed up with government inaction and corruption.  They want accountability, better education for their children, improved health care, and economic prosperity.  And they want…

Microsoft 4Afrika picks five startups

Things are going to be very interesting for African startups this year and Microsoft 4Afrika wants to be right in front for it. Today the initiative announced a new innovation grant for five African startups designed to invest in notable startups that will help further Africa’s global presence. According to the press statement, in addition […]

Announcing a New Investment: LabourNet

LabourNet Services India Private Limited (LabourNet) today announced an undisclosed equity investment from Acumen, a pioneering nonprofit global venture firm addressing poverty across South Asia and Africa, and the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, an organization focused on improving the lives of impoverished children through education and health in the United States, South Africa and […]

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Edubridge – providing the job skills to succeed

In India, more than 50 percent of youth aged 15-19 are unemployed or out of school. Due to the huge gaps in educational quality, especially in rural areas, India faces critical shortages in skilled labor, despite a rate of nearly 2 million new job seekers per month. Without training or guidance to develop skills, these[…..]

The Best and the Brightest

Since its inception a few years ago, the Unreasonable Institute has diligently encouraged ground-breaking and even disruptive business models as a means of finding solutions to poverty around the globe. With its ‘class of 2013,’ UI has learned from its…

Hippocampus Learning Centres

Nelson Mandela once said that education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. If that’s the case, then a new (adorable) arsenal of change agents is being created in rural India, thanks to our investee company Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC).
In India, like many countries in the world, there is a[…..]

Off the Grid Solutions in Mobile, Solar Schools

  Bangladeshi students on board a solar powered floating classroom, provided by Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha. (Image credit: IRIN Asia) Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Global Envision, which is managed by Mercy Corps — a NextBillion content partner.  Beep beep! For some…

Getting the skills they need to succeed

As new members of the Acumen Fund family, we were excited about the opportunity to visit Edubridge, one of Acumen Fund’s most recent investments in the education space. The company was set up to create a bridge for the unemployed youth of the country by providing them commercially relevant training at their doorstep and arming[…..]

A pioneering model for improving learning outcomes

Education has traditionally been a public sector service, but public education systems globally have struggled to meet the learning needs of low-income populations. In a rapidly developing economy like India, more than 50% of children between the ages of 15 and 19 are currently unemployed or out of school.
Acumen Fund’s new investment in Hippocampus Learning[…..]