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.
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.
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.
Scale-Ups is leveraging D-Lab’s acknowledged leadership in particular technological areas in order to spur local innovation and entrepreneurship through Technology Transfer.
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.