Social entrepreneurs bringing poverty-alleviating products and services to market at scale.
Apply: Applications will open in September 2018
The one-year fellowship
From 2012 to 2018, the MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship offered one year of support to social entrepreneurs bringing poverty-alleviating products and services to market at scale. Scale-Ups Fellows received a $20,000 grant, tailored mentorship, skills-building, and networking opportunities. Alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the International Development Design Summit (IDDS) were eligible to apply.
Fellows entered the program with a compelling proof-of-concept, and a few to thousands of units tested or sold. During the 12-month fellowship, entrepreneurs work to retire risk in technical feasibility and market viability, thereby positioning their ventures for investment, partnership, and growth.
Now in its sixth year, the D-Lab Scale-Ups program has provided fellowships to 33 social entrepreneurs working on four continents in sectors including agriculture, energy, water, health care, housing, livelihoods, mobility, recycling, education, and personal finance.
At the close of last year’s cycle, Scale-Ups fellows, fellows had raised $11.4 million, created over 343 direct and 3,278 indirect full-time equivalent jobs; and, through their product and service offerings, directly improve the lives of nearly 700,000 people living in low-income settings.