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Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship

The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT was founded on the belief that economic progress and good governance in low-income countries emerge from entrepreneurship and innovations that empower ordinary citizens. The center administers a competitive fellowship program for MIT graduate students and undergraduate juniors and seniors who have demonstrated the potential and commitment to create innovative and inclusive for-profit enterprises in developing countries. The center also convenes an annual conference, hosts a lecture series, and awards seed grants to support student teams working on innovative projects in emerging economies.

Legatum Fellows benefit from one-on-one coaching, working with the center’s fellowship manager, mentors, scholars, and industry experts. Students’ entrepreneurial skills are further developed through coursework, workshops, competitions, and opportunities to learn from the center’s expanding network of investors, inventors, alumni, and established entrepreneurs.

Seed Grant recipients benefit from awards that fund market research, prototype development, pilot testing, proofs of concept, and international travel.

The Legatum Center is directed by Professor Iqbal Quadir. For more information, contact


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