UROP Title: Supporting Social Ventures in Emerging Markets: Bridging the Gender Financing Gap
Term UROP is offered: Fall 2020
Compensation: Paid ($13.50/hr) or credit
Contact: Jona Repishti
MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges.
We are looking for a student to support the MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship, D-Lab's global accelerator that works exclusively with local entrepreneurs bringing products and services that aim to improve the lives of people living in poverty to market at scale. To date, Scale-Ups has supported 39 entrepreneurs who have gone on to raise $12.6 million in investment; created 400+ direct and 3,176 indirect full¬time jobs; and, through their product and service offerings, directly improved the lives of over 1.5 million people living in poverty.
To support the Scale-Ups program, the student will engage in a literature review, information mapping, and stakeholder interviews on one of two possible projects:
- Research exploring why the gender financing gap persists in India and possible solutions to closing the fundraising gap.
- Research exploring various simulation games and how they can be applied to facilitate experiential and applied learning for female entrepreneurs embarking on a fundraising journey.
- Have an interest in practical solutions to global poverty challenges.
- Have excellent writing skills.
- Have experience processing, analyzing, and displaying data.
- Have experience conducting literature reviews.
- Be independent, detail-oriented, and organized.
Apply by September 25, 2020
Interested candidates should email Jona Repishti, MIT D-Lab Social Entrepreneurship Manager with a brief explanation of why they are interested in this project and describe any relevant previous experience.