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D-Lab Scale-Ups has consolidated its fellowship program to focus on projects with a relatively proven technology concept and applicants who have a base understanding of their value proposition and target market. With an annual call for proposals in April, the one-year fellowship begins in June and offers $20,000 as well as customized mentoring, skills building resources, and partnership cultivation opportunities. We're reviewing a great crop of proposals now and look forward to announcing our new fellows later this month! 

In other news, D-Lab Scale-Ups staff have returned from Kenya and Morocco where they were engaged in research on water transport and livelihood technologies. They are wrapping up their reports and we will be publishing results from the studies later this spring.

The MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference attracted hundreds of attendees from industry and academia as well as from the government, non-profit, and start-up sectors. Select videos from the conference are now available. Read on for all the D-Lab Scale-Ups news! 
MIT Industry Workshop on Social Impact

On Friday, February 7th, ahead of the 2014 MIT Scaling Development Ventures (SDV) conference, 18 representatives from 15 organizations including multinational corporations, foundations, and NGOs joined D-Lab's leadership team at the Nokia Collaboration Center in Cambridge to discuss the creation of a global network of organizations actively engaged in scaling up innovative, market-driven solutions for global poverty reduction. Read more!

Fellow Blog: Zubaida Bai - Clean Birth Kit in a Purse

"Our franchising model is what we are excited about and we are confident it will revolutionize the distribution of JANMA Clean Birth Kit in a Purse . With support of Grand Challenges Canada and a micro-grant from the the International Development Innovation Network, we measured impact on women we hire. The results gave us a new direction to think about not only for sustainably reaching more women in need, but for preventing deadly or debilitating infections for six million women." Read more!

Small Purse Big Change Campaign

D-Lab fellow Zubaida Bai's company ayzh is introducing their Small Purse Big Change campaign for Mother's Day. With each purchase of the Small(er) Purse, ayzh will provide a Clean Birth Kit in a Purse to an expectant mother who would otherwise be putting herself and baby at risk. So each Small(er) Purse sold holds the potential of saving and changing two lives -- that of a mother and her newborn. The small (and larger) purses can be purchased here.

Fellow Blog: Danielle Zurovcik - Wound-Pump

"WiCare has been working with contract manufacturers on the Wound-Pump, in order to transfer the initial, handmade design to a mass manufacturable design. We aim to assure that high quality products are made in the future under an approved Quality Management System (QMS). Through this process, we are simultaneously exploring new designs for lowering manufacturing costs and increasing usability!" Read more!



Wound-Pump: Finalist for $1M Hult Prize!
D-Lab Scale-Ups fellow Danielle Zurovcik has been named one of six finalists in this year's Hult Prize competition. The Hult Prize Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting social entrepreneurs. This year's challenge is to solve non-communicable disease in urban slums, and winners receive $1M in seed funding. Hult Prize finalists will give their presentations this summer, and the winner will be announced in September. Read article. 

D-Lab-HFI Biomass Fuel Research Team in the Lab
After working with Harvest Fuel Initiative enterprises in Uganda in January, D-Lab's biomass fuel research team is back at MIT. They are performing controlled evaluations of fuel and stoves, developing a cleaner burning and more efficient charcoal kiln, exploring what makes a quality fuel, and getting feedback on challenges and innovations from partners in the field. Read more from Biomass Fuel Research Scientist Dan Sweeney and the students working with him. 
HFI Webinars: Charcoal Enterprise Development
On March 5th, Winrock and the US EPA presented a webinar titled Charcoal Enterprise Development: Lessons from the Harvest Fuel Initiative. Due to positive response and a high volume of questions, a follow-up session took place on March 26th. The slides and recordings from the two sessions provide a wealth of information here on agricultural waste feedstocks, carbonization, fuel emissions, business models, marketing, and much more.
Select SDV Conference Videos Now Online

Couldn't make the 2014 MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference? Didn't take notes? Not to worry, the MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference video collection is now available on D-Lab's MIT Tech-TV channel. The collection includes keynote presentations from Paul Polak and Nancy Wimmer, two panel discussions, as well as remarks from D-Lab's Amy Smith and Saida Benhayoune. Read the full MIT Scaling Development Ventures 2014 story.

ProtoPrint Wins SDV Student Poster Prize

This year, the MIT Scaling Development Ventures conference featured a student poster session with 13 projects participating. By popular vote, MIT seniors Sidhant Pai and Katie Spies won the $500 prize with ProtoPrint, the poster deemed to have demonstrated the best combination of a product or service innovation and potential for significant social impact. Read about the poster session and all the participants here!

About D-Lab Scale-Ups

Located at D-Lab, MIT's fast-growing and highly regarded educational and technology development program, Scale-Ups was created to identify and support technology-based ventures with potential for wide scale poverty alleviation.


Since launching in 2011, D-Lab Scale-Ups has established a fellowship program for MIT-affiliated social entrepreneurs, a technical assistance program for social enterprises in the developing world, as well as a program that identifies technology development and dissemination projects in collaboration with companies which have both a social mission and wide distribution channels in Base of the Pyramid markets. 


Scale-Ups Fellowships Projects Past & Present




Harvest Fuel Initiative Charcoal Enterprises 


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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