About Acton

The reason we started Acton was for the same reason you start something new: we thought we could do things better. We kept hearing once-promising young entrepreneurs say, years after they’d gotten their MBAs, that school hadn’t adequately prepared them for the great game of business. (If anything, they’d say it actually made their game worse.)

The school was named in honor of Lord John Emerich Edward Dahlberg Acton (1834-1902). Lord Acton saw liberty not as a license, but as the freedom to do what was right. He was suspicious about power for the sake of power, which led to his most famous quote:





Our mission is to supercharge yours. At Acton, we are committed to preparing talented and dedicated students for extraordinary lives as principled entrepreneurs.



  • We believe that each of you can change the world in a profound way.
  • We believe in building profitable businesses, but know that living a meaningful life is much more important.
  • We believe in learning by doing. Our entrepreneur-teachers use the case method to help you develop the habits, judgment, and character of a master entrepreneur.
  • We believe that clear contracts and a competitive grading system encourage the perspective, discipline, and accountability required to run a successful business.
  • We believe in economic, political, and religious liberty. We are dedicated to graduating entrepreneurs who have a strong sense of individual responsibility and a willingness to invest in a healthy civil society.






Many students at top business schools pursue an MBA because they have no idea what type of career they want. Sadly, after two years of rigorous study, many of these students send out dozens of resumes and then accept either the job with the most impressive recruiting presentation or the highest salary. Four or five years later, many are just as disappointed as they were when they first applied for their MBA. They lack direction, a calling.

At Acton, we believe in the idea of a vocation, or calling. We think everyone has a special purpose in life, a desire to pursue great things and be a “good” person. Through the Life of Meaning course and personal career counseling, we help students discover their special talents and deep needs that will lead them to their callings.

The Acton MBA is an internationally acclaimed business school designed, led and taught by successful entrepreneurs, dedicated to inspiring and equipping the next generation of principled entrepreneurs.