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The Foundry

Accompanying builders to scale

In the Foundry, we accompany our alumni with the tools, community, and capital required to scale their impact. These extraordinary leaders are deeply rooted in their local context and in the global community. Bound by a shared commitment to build a world based on dignity, the Foundry will nurture and challenge, provide sanctuary and encouragement to stay on the difficult path of social entrepreneurship.

Today, the Foundry is collectively reaching more than 50 million lives through innovations in agriculture, education, workforce development, and healthcare and creating the next generation of role models and business models that are changing the world.

About the Foundry

1600+ strong

Join a global community of Academy alumni, growing by 200 Fellows each year.

$3.45M disbursed

Acumen Angels has awarded early-stage capital to 74 social enterprises in the Foundry.

50M lives reached

Immerse with peers who have the character, competence, and ambition to scale their solutions.

Our programs


Our Fellowship programs run across eight regions. Individuals embark on a life-changing journey where leadership skills and the practice of moral imagination combine to prepare leaders to navigate a complex world.

Find a Fellowship

Online courses

Not ready to join a Fellowship? Explore our free online courses. Learn about storytelling for change, pick up new skills in systems practice, or dive into human-centered design. More than half a million people have taken our courses. Find yours.

Featured Foundry members

Ahmed Ayoade Oyedotun

Co-Founder and CEO of Afrimash Company Limited

Tom Harbour

CEO of Learning with Parents

Joseph Ogwal

CEO of Agro Supply

Shobha Raghavan

Chief Operating Officer at Saahas Zero Waste

Rocío Arango Giraldo

Social intrapreneur with Ruta N Medellín

Linh Hoang

Founder and CEO

Shoaib Iqbal

Founder and Director of The Little Art

Maria del Mar Cabra Valero

Co-Founder of OdiseIA

Uthara Narayanan

Chief Changemaker at Buzz India

Meet the Foundry

We help each other to bridge divides. We bring people together and help them find common ground.”

Marcellus Baz,

UK Fellow, Founder and CEO of Switch Up

Foundry stories