Acumen is searching for 20 emerging leaders from Pakistan

By Maryam Dodhy on
August 16, 2017
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Acumen is looking for 20 Pakistanis for its Regional Fellowship program. The individuals have to be leaders in their own communities and must be driving a social change via impactful ventures.

Acumen is a global non-profit social venture fund that uses entrepreneurial techniques to combat poverty in the world. The organization has an HQ in New York with regional offices in Pakistan, India, Keny, and Ghana. Every year Acumen selects aspiring individuals from these countries who are driven to eradicate poverty from their respective regions. People from Pakistan who are running social impact startups can apply to be a part of Acumen’s Regional Fellowship. The concept of social entrepreneurship is still relatively new in Pakistan but there are startups that are leading the way for social development in the country. Some of the people behind these ventures are former Acumen fellows, including the likes of Social Innovation Lab’s Maryam Mohyuddin, Sehat Kahani’s Sara Khurram, and Markhor’s Waqas Ali.

Acumen is seeking fellows who come from diverse cultural, geographic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They can be founders, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and innovators but should have a common goal of eradicating poverty.

Acumen does not put an age limit on applicant but only asks for “strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance and moral imagination”. Selected individuals go through a completely sponsored, year-long journey of training, leadership, development, and invaluable networking with a larger community of Acumen fellows, all while maintaining their full-time jobs.

Application & Selection Process

The Acumen Regional Fellowship for Pakistan application consists of questions regarding your background, resume, and a mixture of short and long questions. The last date to apply is September 1st, 2017.

Acumen’s selection process is very competitive. Once the application process closes, telephonic interviews will be conducted with the selected applicants throughout September. In-person selection conference will take place on November 11th, 2017 in Karachi.

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