UCJC promotes the Acumen Fellows Programme in Spain

Camilo José Cela University signed a collaboration agreement with the Open Value Foundation to promote the Acumen Fellows Programme in Spain. The project aims to train social innovators who seek to build a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.

Through this collaboration, Camilo José Cela University will accompany the training and will actively participate in the panel of judges in the selection process of the participants in the programme.

The Open Value Foundation is a family foundation that promotes and disseminates a hybrid model between traditional philanthropy and impact investing, an area that is attracting more and more interest among students. The foundation supports projects, entities and social enterprises that contribute to improving the livelihoods of the most vulnerable people, facilitating access to the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to meet individual or collective needs in a sustainable manner and with dignity.

As for the Acumen Fellows Programme in Spain, it is an intensive leadership development training programme for individuals, providing them with the tools, practice, and resources needed to tackle today’s most complex social issues. A team of experts accompanies Acumen Fellows at all times, giving seminars divided into five main blocks: debates on classic and contemporary texts, adaptive leadership, polarity management, storytelling and systems thinking.

The programme was born in New York in 2007 thanks to Jacqueline Novogratz, founder of the Acumen Fund, the pioneering international impact fund. To date, three editions have been held in Spain, of which the 66 Acumen Fellows who are already part of the global network that has over 1,200 agents of change around the world.

This collaboration underlines the resounding commitment of Camilo José Cela University to sustainability and to generating a positive impact on society, while reinforcing its commitment to the creation and promotion of talent. “Social innovation and entrepreneurship are an essential part of the strategic axes that make up our educational model. Therefore, support for the Acumen Fellows Programme is of great importance to us since it allows us to promote entrepreneurial talent among our students so that they are capable, regardless of what they study, of generating positive impacts on society”, stated. Ignacio Sell on behalf of Camilo José Cela University.

“We consider it an opportunity to collaborate with Camilo José Cela University to develop the Acumen Fellows Programme in Spain. Whether by valuing the importance of talent or committing ourselves to sustainability as a whole, from Open Value Foundation we want to help society to move in the right direction. Its experience in nurturing talent for the future and its financial support will ensure we continue with that ambition said Maria Angeles Leon, founder of the Open Value Foundation.