Launched in 2011 by D-Lab, Scale-Ups is a program assisting social entrepreneurs from MIT and the developing world, as well as NGOs and corporations, to bring poverty alleviating technologies to market at scale.
D-Lab Scale-Ups fellowships provide seed funding as well as mentoring, skills building resources and partnership cultivation opportunities to recent MIT graduates.
Projects may apply to enter the program at any of three progressive stages of development:
Phase I: Define Needs, Create Prototypes
Phase II: Design for Dissemination
Phase III: Disseminate at Scale
D-Lab Scale-Ups works with corporations and other organizations to design customized technology research projects that respond to strategic needs in Base of the Pyramid markets creating social and economic value. Products in the Scale-Ups pipeline are marked by technological innovation, simplicity, sustainability, affordability, and scalability in the developing world. Areas of expertise include agricultural processing, health and medical devices, alternative energy, mobility aids, biodiversity, and ICT.
Scale-Ups is leveraging D-Lab’s acknowledged leadership in particular technological areas in order to spur local innovation and entrepreneurship through Technology Transfer.
Our first large-scale technology transfer program is the Harvest Fuel Initiative in collaboration with The Charcoal Project, a New York based NGO.
D-Lab Scale-Ups is made possible by a generous gift from Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI). ALJCI is the community Services arm of the ALJ Group, which is a Toyota automobiles distributor in 13 different countries.