Jessica Jackley


Co-founder of Kiva, the world's first
peer-to-peer microlending website.

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Jessica Jackley

Co-founder of Kiva

Hult’s Executive Speaker Series heads to Boston, February 13th for an inspiring story of how one simple idea can transform the lives of others, from the pioneering co-founder of KIVA, the world’s first online lending platform.

Jessica will appear on February 13th to narrate her journey from a determined yet frustrated school child, to successful social entrepreneur and change-maker.

Motivated by childhood tales of poverty, and a speech by Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Jessica quit her job to travel to Africa and discover the power micro-financing has to empower the world’s poorest.

 “Loans that change lives.”

Named one of the top ideas in 2006 by The New York Times Magazine, KIVA connects entrepreneurs in some of the world’s poorest regions with individual lenders. Loans from as little as 25 USD have financed over 937,920 different projects in 210 countries with an average repayment rate of 99.01%.

Jessica Jackley, like Hult itself, is committed to connecting individuals across the world to foster entrepreneurship and bring about social change. We are delighted to give the Hult community the opportunity to connect with such a pioneering and inspirational social change agent.

  • Co-founded Kiva in 2005, the world’s first peer to peer microlending website.
  • Founder and CEO of the ProFounder platform, launched in 2009 to provide tools for small business entrepreneurs to access start-up capital.
  • Venture Partner with the Collaborative Fund, focused on investing in creative entrepreneurs in the field of emerging technologies.
  • Winner of The Economist’s 2011 ‘No Boundaries’ Innovation Award.
  • Finalist for TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2009.
  • Worked for public, non-profit, and private organizations including the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, Amazon, World Vision, Village Enterprise Fund, and many more.