MIT D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builders Fellowship

A systems approach to advancing community-driven solutions for equity & prosperity

MIT D-Lab's newest fellowship connects and equips exceptional supporters of innovators and entrepreneurs in low-income communities, in an effort to increase the number of successful grassroots entrepreneurs addressing local and global challenges and creating jobs around the world.

Meet our 2018 MIT D-Lab Innovation Ecosystem Builder Fellows!


Our inaugural fellows, a diverse group representing programs that educate, fund, connect, and advocate for entrepreneurs, will spend the year using D-Lab's participatory design methodology to devise and refine collaborative initiatives to address ecosystem gaps and opportunities. They will also examine strategies from around the world for supporting innovators and entrepreneurs and creating systems change.


Through two in-person gatherings, monthly online workshops, and ongoing remote collaboration platforms, fellows will receive support from one another, D-Lab staff, and an extended network of experts, thought leaders, students, and service providers, as they develop and execute their pilot programs. 


We offer guidance and funding to help fellows test their new collaborative programs and initiative ideas, as we adapt our own programming to fellows' needs.

Our next round of applications will open in September 2018.

If you are interested in getting news of the fellowship, including updates about the 2019 application process and notification of opportunities to connect with the fellows or other ecosystems builders in your region, please sign up for our mailing list.

For other questions about the program, contact program manager Molly W. Rubenstein.