MIT News –
The MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups fellowship program, which offers one year of support to social entrepreneurs bringing poverty-alleviating products to market at scale, has announced its six fellows for 2019. This year’s fellows include the founders of homegrown, high-impact ventures in underserved markets in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
“I look forward to learning from — and sharing with — other D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellows and the team at MIT, and to establishing a strong and reliable network to accelerate our growth,” says Peter Nyamai, founder of the Global Expressions Group in Kenya and a new fellow in the program.
All six founders are native to and currently living in their markets.
“We are excited to work with a vibrant cohort of East African entrepreneurs whose expertise is grounded in their lived reality,” says Jona Repishti, who manages the fellowship. “Working with local founders has certain advantages — they reflect the demographics of the markets they serve; their lived experience helps them identify unique, scalable, market-based solutions overlooked by outsiders. What’s more, they are more likely to commit for the long haul, developing local talent and infrastructure along the way.”