Over the past four years, CRTI Fellows have undertaken summer projects at various social enterprises and NGOs in the developing world. Our inaugural batch of Fellows left for India in the summer of 2011 with a strong desire to assist organizations dedicated to catalyzing social change in fields ranging from livelihood and education to agriculture and health. They spent ten weeks in New Delhi’s stifling summer heat working to help enterprises such as Drishtee, iFarm, d.light, and the American India Foundation. Drishtee (www.drishtee.com) is a social enterprise that works with marginalized communities and supports rural enterprises particularly micro-franchising. CRTI Fellow, Tobias Hurlimann, worked with Drishtee and developed a framework that organizations could use to assess micro-franchising opportunities in developing countries, determine the infrastructure and services needed, and the key success factors in operating a micro-franchise. This framework was the culmination of many weeks that Tobias spent interviewing Drishtee’s management, franchises, and entrepreneurs as well as findings from secondary research. More to come about other Fellows and projects in subsequent posts.
In 2011, Professor Mohan Sawhney, founder and Director of the Center for Research in Technology and innovation (CRTI) at the Kellogg School of Management, launched a summer Fellowship program. Dubbed the Innovation in Development Fellowships, the program sought to advance the Center’s research in the uses of technology to enhance social and economic development in developing countries. A maximum of ten Fellowships was offered to first-year full-time MBA students interested in gaining an understanding and real world experience of the issues confronting social enterprises in the developing world. The first program in 2011 began with six Kellogg students undertaking their Fellowships at various social enterprises in India. Two years later, the program was expanded to East Africa, primarily Kenya. This year, we are excited to welcome five talented Fellows, four who are heading to Kenya and one to India. Good luck, Fellows!