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MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Legatum Center for Development & Entrepreneurship


The Legatum Center supports entrepreneurs all around the world through the fellowship, seed grant, Zambezi Prize and Open Mic programs.

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Laura Gaviria Halaby

2014 - 2015
Financial Services
MBA, Sloan School of Management

Laura’s venture uses a crowd funding platform to match investors with housing development projects so that Colombians can seek employment opportunities without being restricted only to the options closest to where they own homes. The venture subsidizes rents for low-income tenants and increases the number of multifamily housing complexes available in the rental market. With more rental housing options, Laura believes that Colombians will be able to take advantage of new and better employment opportunities in commercial centers.

Since 2006, she has been pursuing business opportunities that yield positive community-level impacts in Colombia. With experience in capital markets and real estate development finance, Laura is prepared for the opportunities and challenges of introducing a new investment model in Colombia. She founded her own brokerage and dealership company in Colombia and has raised more than $500 million to finance projects.

Laura holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics from American University in Washington D.C. She is an MBA candidate at the Sloan School of Management and a Sloan Fellow.