Middlebury Institute alumnus Ravi Kurani turned an idea sparked by his Frontier Market Scouts experience into a promising startup, earning recognition from Forbes magazine as one of its “30 Under 30” emerging business leaders in the energy sector.
Since 2011, the Frontier Market Scouts program at the Middlebury Institute has been training budding social entrepreneurs and serving as a launch pad to exciting new careers through its unique fellowship program.
The first-ever, and very well-attended, Monterey Institute East Africa Forum was highlighted by stories of personal transformation told by students who have been on immersive learning experiences in the region.
Former Monterey Institute Frontier Market Scout Elliot Rosenberg’s new social venture, Favela Experience, is connecting World Cup fans with safe accommodations provided by people living in favelas, the tight-knit slum communities of Rio.
The new Center on Social Impact Learning at the Monterey Institute will focus on social entrepreneurship and impact investing, overseeing the existing Frontier Market Scouts program and adding new programs aimed at training students for careers in developing economies.
Monterey Institute student Xiao’ou Zhu of China describes her Development Theory and Practice course at the Monterey Institute as “transformative” – a description that came true when, based on her classwork, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture offered her a position.
This summer 43 Frontier Market Scouts will be working with social entrepreneurs in 15 countries as part of this unique Monterey Institute-sponsored program that provides professionals and students with academic and in-the-field training in the field of social impact investing.
The Monterey Institute’s unique Frontier Market Scouts Program has been awarded the prestigious Ashoka – U Cordes Innovation Award, given to innovative university programs focused on promoting social entrepreneurship.