Connecting and equipping exceptional supporters of innovators and entrepreneurs in low-income communities.
MIT D-Lab's Innovation Ecosystem Builder Fellows seek to increase the number of successful grassroots entrepreneurs addressing local and global challenges and creating jobs around the world. A diverse group representing programs that educate, fund, connect, and advocate for entrepreneurs, the 2018 Fellows are spending the year devising and refining collaborative initiatives to address ecosystem gaps and opportunities. MIT D-Lab equips them with new information and methods and connects them to a diverse network of inspiration, collaboration, and support.
We offer fellows training in participatory innovation techniques and expose them to relevant research from our Local Innovation Group and success stories from other ecosystem cultivating initiatives around the world.
Through two in-person gatherings and bi-weekly online calls fellows have the opportunity to meet, learn from, and work with one another, D-Lab staff, and an extended network of experts, thought leaders, students, and service providers, including members of our other communities of practice, as they develop and execute their pilot programs.
Fellows receive a $5,000 grant to help test their new collaborative programs and initiative ideas.
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Molly W. Rubenstein, Innovation Ecosystems Manager