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Located at D-Lab, MIT's fast-growing and highly regarded appropriate technology and international development program, Scale-Ups was created in 2011, with generous support from Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), to identify and support technologies with potential for wide-scale poverty alleviation.


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We are pleased to announce the selection of three MIT social entrepreneurs, Shawn Wen, Kevin Cedrone, and Sumana Shrestha, as our 2013 Phase I fellows.
Over the course of four months, each will conduct in-depth needs and market analysis, value-chain analysis and user testing in their target market to further refine an existing prototype and work toward establishing a business model. Read on for details about their projects and all the D-Lab Scale-Ups news!
MEET THE 2013 SCALE-UPS PHASE I FELLOWS
SHAWN WEN - PORTATHERM - NEPAL
KEVIN CEDRONE - AUGMENTED INFANT 
RESUCITATOR - UGANDA  
SUMANA SHRESTHA - AUTOPUMP - NEPAL
Five million people in urban Nepal must guess how much water is available in reservoirs and when electricity may be available to power a pump. To solve this problem, Sumana Shrestha, originally from Nepal, is developing the AutoPump, a water management device that is affordable and scalable, uses a sensor-based system with a central control box that will check water levels in underground and rooftop reservoirs, check for the availability of electricity, and turn the electric pump on and off according to preset criteria. Read article.
SCALE-UPS REPORTS FROM THE FIELD
TESTING A SOLAR WATER PURIFIER IN ZAMBIA
SCALE-UPS COLLABORATES WITH GRAMEEN-JAMEEL MICROFINANCE IN MOROCCO

Working with D-Lab's assessment coordinator, Kendra Leith, Scale-Ups and Grameen-Jameel designed a needs assessment study to identify the livelihood technologies with potential for successful deployment in the Moroccan microfinance industry. The study is complete and an overview available online. Read overview.
NEWS FROM THE HARVEST FUEL INITIATIVE
 HFI GALVANIZES INITIATIVE WITH NEW WEBSITE

The Harvest Fuel Initiative, a joint project of D-Lab Scale-Ups and The Charcoal Project, has launched a new website making the dissemination of knowledge to charcoal enterprises a major part of its mission. In addition to topical news, the website contains technological and business resources and a forum discussion section. HFI aims to help reduce the health, environmental, and economic burden on households in vulnerable communities that depend on wood and charcoal for their daily cooking and heating needs. HFI website.
MAJOR AWARDS FLOW TO SCALE-UPS FELLOWSHIPS
MULTICROP THRESHER WINS $100K GATES AWARD
Jodie Wu, D-Lab Scale-Ups Phase II fellow and CEO of Global Cycle Solutions in Tanzania, has been awarded a grant from the Grand Challenges in Global Health, an initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is working in collaboration with a team at D-Lab to develop a multi-crop thresher that will thresh grain crops in a fast and affordable way, saving hours of manual labor.  The thresher will work without electricity and allow smallholder farmers to significantly reduce post-harvest loss. Read announcement.
POTAVIDA AWARDED $143K BY WORLD VISION
Following their successful field visit to Zambia, World Vision US donors have awarded PotaVida a grant of $143K with an opportunity for additional funding. This is a major step for PotaVida that will let them make design revisions, get their improved design calibrated and ready to produce the first 1,000 units ready for use in the field. Congratulations to Scale-Ups Phase II fellow Jackie Linnes and her colleagues at PotaVida!
SCALE-UPS COLLABORATES ON NEW D-LAB COURSE
D-LAB: DESIGN FOR SCALE
Design for Scale, a new MIT D-Lab course developed through the Scale-Ups program, focuses on product development of poverty alleviating technologies. Students work in interdisciplinary teams to develop previously established technologies toward manufacturing-ready product designs. Taught by Harald Quintus-Bosz, Eric Reynolds, and Kate Bergeron. Full course description.

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