“Frontier Market Scouts discover local entrepreneurs, help entrepreneurs discover investors, and help investors discover entrepreneurs in places that need both the most. In the process the Scouts discover themselves, their passion, their talent, their fortitude and adaptability and their career and life paths.” – Dr. Yuwei Shi, PhD. founder of the FMS program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, dean and professor of Strategic Management at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management.
ORIGIN AND HISTORY The Frontier Markets Scouts program was envisioned by Sabiha Rumani Malik and Yuwei Shi. It was co-founded by Sanghata Global and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and is jointly owned by the two organizations.
RECOGNITION Our Frontier Market Scouts Program is widely recognized by field professionals as one of the most innovative and high impact initiatives in the social entrepreneurship sector. It is impact driven and sustainability focused; it supports private sector development in areas of technology, education and healthcare.
AWARD In 2013 the Frontier Market Scouts program won the Ashoka U-Cordes Award for Impact, Innovation and Potential for Replicability. This is probably the most prestigious award in the social entrepreneurship sector.
OUR FRONTIER MARKET SCOUTS PROGRAM The Frontier Market Scouts program provides a rigorous two-week training followed by a 3 – 6 month professional placements with social enterprises and leading impact investors around the world. The training program is unique in its focus on frontier markets and practitioner faculty, which brings field relevance and professional currency from the sector to the classroom. The trainings and field experience transform capable young professionals into consciously compassionate, people-centred talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and impact investors in low-income areas around the world. Read More
OUR FIELD PROGRAM Our Frontier Market Scouts Field Program provides various services to entrepreneurs and investors. Scouts on field assignments help conceptualize a business idea, develop a business plan and an entrepreneurial team, provide due diligence to socially-minded impact investors, obtain investment capital and scale businesses.
OUR WORK We work worldwide, in 25 countries, in all 5 continents.
OUR PARTNERS Our key partner is the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Our field partner is Village Capital. Our program partners are the de Baak Management Centre, the Sorenson Center for Global Impact Investing, Ashesi University and a constantly expanding network of business practitioners, impact investors, organizations and like-minded program partners.
OUR IMPACT Since its launch in January 2011, our FMS program has trained 200 participants in impact investing and social enterprise management and placed 100 Scouts/Fellows with 80 placement partners in 25 countries. Our FMS program participants have come from 17 diverse countries of origin. Read More
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The Frontier Market Scouts program has expanded to become the premier emerging program in impact investing.