Scale-Ups Application Guidelines
About D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowships
The D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship Program was launched in 2011 as an acceleration platform for innovators and entrepreneurs who seeking to turn appropriate technologies into scalable and sustainable social ventures. Initially for MIT alumni, the programis now accepting applications from alumni from the International Development Design Summit (IDDS).
The fellowship is a 12-month program that provides a monetary grant and access to customized mentoring, skills building resources, and partnership cultivation opportunities.
Projects enter the program at a stage when the technology conceptis relatively proven and applicants have already gained a base understanding of their value proposition and target market. Over the fellowship period the focus is on product and enterprise development.
You must be an MIT graduate or IDDS alum to apply. D-Lab students cross-registered from other institutions such as Harvard and Wellesley are also eligible. Graduating students may apply but must have graduated by the fellowship start date.
Only individuals may apply. If you are working as part of a team or through an organization, you must choose an individual to put forward the application and accept responsibility for the terms of the award if granted.
Time Commitment: Fellows must commit 80% of a full time job equivalent to their projects for the duration of the project. To ensure that fellows stay connected to their customers, fellows should plan to spend a significant amount of time in the target market (see application guidelines for specific time-in-field requirements for each phase).
Technology Focused Projects: The object of the project must be the development and commercialization of a hardware product, or a product with a hardward component, intended to create social value through poverty reduction at a significant scale.
For further information contact Eric Reynolds, Fellowship Manager: ewr(at)mit.edu.