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Online Courses

Acumen Academy offer a wide range of free and low-cost online courses aimed at all levels of social change-makers. Topics include ‘Introduction to Human-Centred Design’, ‘Business Models for Social Enterprise’, and ‘Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact’. You can click here and filter by price and start date to see currently available and upcoming courses.

Student Social Innovation Challenge

Acumen, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, is equipping student innovators to solve problems associated with poverty through a global challenge platform. Student teams from around the world are coming together to explore areas of opportunity, develop ideas, and pitch for funding and mentorship.


You can participate in the Social Innovation Challenge from anywhere in the world through a virtual competition process. Simply register for the Lean Startup online course before Tuesday 15 October 2019.


Anyone can participate in the Virtual Challenge (and compete for $20,000 in funding per team), so long as they meet the following eligibility and participation requirements:

  • Form a team of two people or more. At least one team member must be actively enrolled at a higher education institution (i.e. they must be taking one or more courses that earn credit towards an academic degree).
  • Complete 4 of the 5 assignments in the Lean Startup course (including the final assignment) and submit an application for the Accelerator program. At least two team members must complete the Lean Startup course.
  • Interview for and be selected to participate in the Student Social Enterprise Accelerator program.
  • Participate in at least 7 of the 8 Accelerator Learning Labs and submit all assignments, including a final pitch deck. The pitch deck must include a budget for the prize funding and a three-month work plan including key milestones and dates.

All participation can be done remotely: you do not have to travel abroad.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions section of the website.

Please contact if you decide to participate in the competition, as we would love to know how you get on, and support you if possible!