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Published by:
Stanford Business School (2007)
Version:
6 April 2007
Length:
17 pages
Data source:
Field research

Abstract

Acumen Fund was founded in 2001 to provide modest amounts of capital, together with business expertise, to help build thriving enterprises that would serve large numbers of poor people. In 2004, Acumen Fund invested in the Series B round of WaterHealth International (WHI), a company that was developing approaches for providing clean water to the poor worldwide. In 2006, WHI planned to launch a major initiative in India. It also planned a new round of fundraising to support the company''s continued growth. Provides background information on venture philanthropy, and on Acumen Fund. Also describes the problems associated with safe drinking water in developing countries, and WHI''s approach to addressing those problems.

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Venture philanthropy; Philanthropy; Water resources; India; Entrepreneurship; Social enterprise; Developing countries
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