Merrick Engages Series: 'How Venture Philanthropy Makes a Difference in America'

Merrick Engages Series: 'How Venture Philanthropy Makes a Difference in America'
William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center

Income inequality in the U.S. exceeds any other democracy in the developed world. Right now, there are nearly 47 million people living in poverty in America. (Acumen website, Jan. 2017). 

Murray Dalziel, dean of the Merrick School of Business will discuss with Amon Anderson ways to build sustainable models to move millions of Americans out of poverty and how the Acumen model is doing it.

About Amon Anderson:

Amon Anderson co-leads Acumen America, which launched earlier this year to invest in high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs who are changing the way we tackle poverty in the US. Acumen America is focused on Seed and Series A stage investing in the health, financial inclusion, and workforce development sectors.

Amon previously worked on Acumen’s Global Portfolio team out of New York. Prior to that,he led Acumen’s agriculture and water/sanitation investing in East Africa. Based in Nairobi for four years, Amon originated, monitored, and managed a number of investments, building the agriculture portfolio from scratch.

Prior to joining Acumen, Amon worked in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Cherokee Investment Partners, developing an impact investing strategy and building a community of entrepreneurs. Amon began his career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, helping to launch the Carolina Entrepreneurial Initiative.

Amon holds a B.A. with Highest Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He also holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he received the Frances & Arjay Miller Fellowship in Social Innovation and the Miller Social Change Leadership Award.





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