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Acumen Fund founder to give Legatum Lecture April 9

Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of Acumen Fund.
Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of Acumen Fund.
Photo courtesy / Jacqueline Novogratz

The MIT Legatum Lecture series continues on April 9 with Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and founder of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund supporting market-based solutions to poverty. Novogratz will discuss the role of entrepreneurship in combating social problems.

Prior to founding Acumen Fund, Novogratz founded and directed the Philanthropy Workshop at the Rockefeller Foundation and founded a microfinance institution in Rwanda. Novogratz serves on the advisory board of Innovations, a journal published by MIT Press. Her memoir, "The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World," was published in March 2009.

The Legatum Lecture series exposes the broader MIT and neighboring communities to entrepreneurship in emerging markets.

The lecture begins at noon in the Twenty Chimneys Room on the third floor of the Stratton Student Center (W20). Light refreshments will be provided, but attendees may also bring a lunch to eat during the lecture.

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A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 8, 2009 (download PDF).

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