D-Lab Scale-Ups

Launched in 2011 by D-Lab, the Scale-Ups program assists social entrepreneurs from MIT and the developing world, as well as NGOs and corporations, to bring poverty alleviating technologies to market at scale. For the Practical Impact Alliance at MIT click here.

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The MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship offers one year of support to social entrepreneurs bringing tech-based, poverty alleviating products and services to market at scale.

Alumni of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (as well as D-Lab alumni from consortium schools Harvard and Wellesley), and alumni from theInternational Development Design Summit are eligible to apply. Application due date extended to April 8, 2015.

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D-Lab Scale-Ups has created a research and development arm primarily focused on projects with potential for large-scale implementation through partnerships with organizations that have a wide reach in lower income countries.

Scale-Ups is leveraging D-Lab’s expertise in needs assessment, technology development, and evaluation in responding to the strategic needs of our partners to create social and economic value. 

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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.

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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.