Pakistan Agriculture Accelerator


Relevent Country: Pakistan

Is your enterprise passionate about making sustainable change within agriculture in Pakistan? If yes, then apply to Acumen’s Pakistan Agriculture Accelerator Program.

Acumen Academy’s Pakistan Agriculture Accelerator offers a unique package of support for agri-entrepreneurs looking to develop a scalable social enterprise model. They’re looking for their next cohort of innovative social entrepreneurs who are looking to scale up and make an outsized impact on Pakistan’s food security by building the climate resilience of smallholder farmers.

Learn How To

  • Refine and develop a profitable and scalable business model
  • Test your key hypotheses for scaling
  • Build your leadership capacity and learn tools to help you be an effective agent of change
  • Develop robust strategies to bolster your financial sustainability
  • Pitch your business to investors and other stakeholders at a final showcase
  • Build networks with agri entrepreneurs and supporters in Pakistan and beyond
  • Develop the hard-edged leadership skills necessary to build better, truly inclusive, sustainable solutions


Module 1: Polarities Management

  • Prepared to engage in conflictual conversations, diagnose a polarity, and leverage it to drive towards a purpose
  • Diagnose and identify moments when values are in tension
  • Engage in difficult conversations and manage systems of values in tension using tools and frameworks

Module 2: Visions of Scale

  • Understand models for how impactful enterprises can scale
  • Develop a business model canvas that isolates key hypotheses for how your business model currently comes together
  • Learn about moral imagination and adaptive leadership

Module 3: Customer Insights

  • Clearly define your core customer and value proposition
  • Design customer experiments to test your most critical hypothesis

Module 4: Aligning a Pricing Marketing and Sales strategy to Your Value Proposition

  • Build a value proposition canvas using data from customer interviews and experiments
  • Begin to develop pricing models that are aligned with your value proposition
  • Build a customer funnel and identify marketing activities that bring your customer closer to the desired action

Module 5: Financial Model

  • Identify your major revenue assumptions and cost assumptions
  • Define major financial milestones for the next two years

Module 6: Pitching The Strategic Story of Your Business

  • Articulate a vision for scaling your enterprise that pulls together key metrics associated with your operational model, financial model, and customer insights
  • Practice pitching your business to stakeholders

What’s Included?

  • Seven Learning Labs
  • One-on-one consultation calls with Acumen facilitators
  • Lessons on customer discovery, sales and marketing, financial modeling, and pitching
  • Readings and lessons from Acumen Founder and CEO Jacqueline Novogratz’s Principles of Moral Leadership
  • Opportunity to compete for a share of $50,000
  • Graduate into Acumen’s global Foundry community

How it Works?

  • Over 12 weeks, you and your team will learn the essentials for building a business model that can achieve both social and environmental impact and profitability, all while connecting with a supportive network of peers and experts.
  • During the accelerator, you’ll dive into a curriculum that leverages Acumen’s investment strategy and pioneering moral leadership practices to help you develop the competence and character needed to build solutions that improve the livelihoods and climate resilience of smallholder farmers across the country. As a member of the accelerator cohort, you’ll be accompanied by and empowered through a community of expert advisors, investors, and peer mentors.

Eligibility Criteria

This accelerator is open to agri-entrepreneurs who:

  • Run a social enterprise (for-profit or not for-profit) based in Pakistan that is positively disrupting the agriculture sector in Pakistan and has a climate focus
  • Have a demonstrated track record of at least 18 months and market traction (must have evidence of customer demand, for example increasing revenues)
  • Have three or more full-time staff