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Supporting social ventures in emerging markets: Bridging the gender financing gap




EC: Edgerton Center

Faculty Supervisor:

Amy Smith

Faculty email:


Apply by:

September 25, 2020


Jona Repishti, repishti@mit.edu

Project Description

MIT D-Lab works with people around the world to develop and advance collaborative approaches and practical solutions to global poverty challenges. We are looking for a student to support the Scale-Ups, D¬-Lab's global accelerator that works exclusively with local entrepreneurs bringing products and services that aim to improve the lives of people living in poverty to market at scale. To date, Scale¬-Ups has supported 39 entrepreneurs who have gone on to raise $12.6 million in investment; created 400+ direct and 3,176 indirect full¬time jobs; and, through their product and service offerings, directly improved the lives of over 1.5 million people living in poverty. To support the Scale-Ups program, the student will engage in literature review, information mapping and stakeholder interviews around one of two possible projects: 1) Research exploring why the gender financing gap persists in India and approaches/ innovations for 2) Research exploring various simulation games and how they can be applied to facilitate experiential and applied learning for female entrepreneurs embarking on a fundraising journey. Interested candidates should email repishti@mit.edu with a brief explanation of why they are interested in this project and describe any relevant previous experience.


Applicants should have an interest in practical solutions to global poverty challenges. Have excellent writing skills. Have experience processing, analyzing and displaying data and conducting literature reviews. Be independent, detail-oriented, and organized.