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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.
Global Cycle Solutions (GCS), based in Tanzania, originated from D-Lab Design and Development Ventures courses at MIT. After winning the 2009 MIT 100K Development Track Finals, the team setup pilot operations in Arusha, and recently won the Echoing Green Fellowship.
The long-term vision of our company is to disseminate accessible, appropriate technology and its accompanying knowledge around the world. As strong believers in co-creation, we aim to work within existing infrastructures to spur community development through pedal-powered innovations from local ingenuity. Their current products include a corn sheller and a mobile phone charger, both of which attach and are powered by a bicycle. The products have been selling extremely well in Tanzania and now GCS is eager to expand beyond Tanzania with the help of MIT Sloan.