“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, and established in 2011 at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, MIIS, with contributions from Sabiha Malik, and under the leadership of Yuwei Shi. MIIS’ Center for Social Impact Learning was created on these foundations in 2014.
RECOGNITION Our Frontier Markets Scouts program is impact driven and sustainability focused, and widely recognized by field professionals as one of the most innovative and high impact initiatives in the social entrepreneurship sector. Just two years after launch, in 2013, it won the Ashoka U-Cordes Award for Impact, Innovation and Potential for Replicability, probably the most prestigious award in the social entrepreneurship sector.
OUR FRONTIER MARKET SCOUTS PROGRAM The Frontier Market Scouts program provides two-week trainings followed by a 3 – 6 month field placements. Scouts on field assignments help conceptualize a business idea, develop a business plan and an entrepreneurial team, provide due diligence to impact investors, obtain investment capital and scale businesses.The trainings and field experience transform capable young professionals into consciously compassionate, people-centred talent scouts serving local entrepreneurs in low-income areas around the world. Read More
OUR WORK The Sanghata Global ecosystem extends to 28 countries, on 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 our launch in 2011, we have trained 240 social enterprise professionals from 17 diverse countries, served 100+ social entrepreneurs this year in 28 countries, and collaborated with 80 placement partners. Read More
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