SEID Projects

What is a SEID project?

SEID projects connect Sloan students with entrepreneurs and companies based in developing countries.  They are consulting projects amounting to approximately 8-10 hours per team per week over the course of a semester. Individual projects can cover a range of topics but must be business-related in nature. Examples of previous projects include market analyses, franchising strategies, financial modeling, and business plan development.

How are SEID Projects different from G-Lab / S-Lab / D-Lab and other project-based classes?

Unlike these classes, SEID projects are entirely student-led.  This offers SEID teams unique flexibility in terms of scheduling meetings and work time, but it also means that there is no formal faculty intervention or grading.  Also, unlike project-based classes, travel to work onsite with the entrepreneur is neither expected nor subsidized, and is arranged on a case by case basis with the entrepreneur. SEID projects happen in the Fall semester every year and are opened to all graduate students.

What are the benefits to the Company?

SEID Projects provide three different benefits to host organizations: (1) an in-depth analysis of a critical question or issue within the company, (2) ideas and perspectives from up-and-coming business leaders, and (3) international exposure through one of the world’s leading business schools.

Under what criteria are projects evaluated?

  • Impact on entrepreneurs in emerging markets
  • Positive direct social impact through a sustainable business model
  • Pre-established funding strategy for at least one year
  • Well-defined scope for project

If you are entrepreneur and would like to apply for a SEID team to work on a project for you, please fill out this application: SEID PROJECTS APPLICATION

Send the completed application to seidofficers@sloan.mit.edu.

Projects 2012-2013

DevTech Hub (Israel)

Company description: Provides innovative entrepreneurs from developing countries an intensive immersion in the Israeli innovation ecosystem

Project: Build a business plan for a successful investment firm focused on DevTech

Échale! A tu casa (Mexico)

Company description: Organizes organized production of low cost housing through community participation

Project: Develop business plan for the construction of 16 thousand in 4 years through social production

EGG Energy (Tanzania)

Company description: Provides power to low-income communities through portable, rechargeable, and affordable batteries

Project: Revamp sales and training process

Fundación Pachamama (Ecuadorian Amazon)

Company description: Community-owned, public transportation network utilizing solar powered boats

Project: Develop the pricing the system to guarantee sustainability

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and MIT’s Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) (Panama)

Company description: Works with marginalized communities to deepen civic engagement, inform policy, mobilize community assets, and generate shared wealth

Project: Develop business model for a network of waste sector businesses

Lhasa Handicraft Villages Development (Tibet)

Company description: Dedicated promotion and preservation of traditional Tibetan culture through the development of branded consumer locally produced, artisan products.

Project: Analysis of the US market and sales strategy

Sanergy (Kenya)

Company description: Social enterprise delivering low-cost, improved sanitation in the slums of Nairobi

Project: Development of new product lines

SociaLab – Centro de Innovación TECHO (Chile)

Company description: Social media community that coordinates the formation of social start ups

Project: Develop a strategy to start operations in the USA

The Charcoal Project (Tanzania)

Company description: Advocates the widespread adoption of clean burning technologies, sustainable fuel alternatives, and policies that support energy-poverty alleviation

Project: Develop business strategies with sponsored enterprise in Tanzania

Warm Heart Foundation (Thailand)

Company description: Community development NGO working on a microenterprise project to produce high quality, home grown made silk scarves

Project: Business plan that focuses on market analysis and associated financials

Wecyclers (Nigeria)

Company description: Wecyclers operates low-cost bicycle collection vehicles that collect recyclable materials directly from households to clean-up communities in Nigeria.

Project: Expansion strategy