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Every year, SEID fosters productive collaborations between MIT Sloan students and new ventures in emerging markets as part of our action learning projects. Teams of 3-4 MBA students spend the fall semester working with these organizations to solve important str
ategic challenges they are facing. In the spirit of the MIT motto, Mens et Manus, MBA students get an amazing opportunity to apply the theories from the classroom to have real impact on the ground.
This year, SEID has organized 8 projects for MBA students to immerse themselves in. Each project is an entrepreneurial venture with operations on the ground in a developing country. Our projects are spread throughout the world in Tanzania, Iraq, Ghana, India, Liberia and Nicaragua and cut across a whole range of industries.
Farm Builders, based in Liberia and Cambridge, is a new startup social enterprise that will provide financing and management services for smallholder farmers in Africa. The Company is in the beginning stages of its development, having raised initial funding from multiple fellowships including Echoing Green, Rainer Arnhold, and the McCall MacBain Foundation. Starting in September 2010, Farm Builders will begin its pilot project in the Todee District of Liberia. The Company’s pilot project calls for the replanting of more than 100 farms on 3600ha of land. Following a successful pilot, Farm Builders will begin to scale throughout the rest of Liberia and into other African countries.
A team of 3-4 MIT Sloan students will work on the following projects: