Case collection: Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

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About the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT

The Legatum Center was founded on the belief that entrepreneurs and their market-driven solutions are critical to advancing economic and social progress in the developing world. While global prosperity has increased in recent decades, the progress is uneven, with the worst deprivations concentrated in specific parts of the globe. The Center drives more inclusive prosperity by building pathways for the next generation of change agents who, through principled entrepreneurial leadership, will create good jobs, transform systems, and improve lives. Legatum’s supporters include the Legatum Group, the Mastercard Foundation, HRH Princess Moudi Bint Khalid, and the Jacobs Foundation.

The Center is a global community that is based at MIT, drawing on the Institute’s talent, networks, presence, and expertise to inspire and equip those who want to move their ideas toward scalable impact. Legatum’s Principles of Operation build on the principles of the broader MIT entrepreneurship community. The Center builds inclusive pathways within MIT and also between MIT and emerging market ecosystems. These not only support entrepreneurs on the ground, they also fuel research and thought leadership.

About the collection

The idea that entrepreneurship in low-income countries can drive economies by empowering ordinary people to provide goods and services to millions of poor and middle-class citizens has only become widely accepted in recent years. It is on this idea that the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT, with the support of The MasterCard Foundation, launched its case-writing programme in the spring of 2012.

Legatum Center case studies illuminate the thought processes of entrepreneurs, the challenges they face, and the solutions they devise as they develop their businesses. These cases are available without charge to help teachers, students, and aspiring entrepreneurs. At the same time, they may demonstrate to academics and governments the value of entrepreneurial activities in low-income countries.

Teaching notes for the cases are restricted to educators who may use them to facilitate class discussions. Legatum cases are appropriate for undergraduate and graduate-level courses in international business and entrepreneurship.

All Legatum Center cases are available for free to all registered Case Centre users.

Collection contact

For any queries related to the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT case collection, please contact:

Artafern Asfar 
e legatum@mit.edu
t  +1 617 324 5294

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The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT’s collection of free cases, and their accompanying instructor materials, is available from The Case Centre.

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