How to Unlock the Power of Entrepreneurship

Anne Schönharting / Ostkreuz

“There is no way we will be able to meet the Sustainable Development Goals unless we unlock the power of entrepreneurship.” Follow Benjamin Powell throughout a day at work in Washington, DC to learn about Agora Partnerships, the organization he co-founded in 2005.

Agora Partnerships strengthens entrepreneurs’ business models and prepares them to access the impact investing market. It works to drive social, financial, and human capital into high-growth small businesses that are tackling social and environmental challenges in their communities.

Agora’s network includes hundreds of companies across twenty Latin American and Caribbean countries, which have collectively raised over 75 million dollars to help address the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.

Ben Powell is the CEO of Agora Partnerships. He was one of 2010’s top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington, DC. Ben became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities in Mexico, where he co-founded CityGolf Puebla, a miniature golf course and family recreation center. He earned an MBA from Columbia University and a Master of Science in Foreign Affairs from Georgetown University, where he co-founded the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs.

Ben has worked as a journalist in Mexico, in New York state politics, and at the White House. He is an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network. A native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Ben lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children.

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