04 December 2008

MIT Development Ventures 2008 ~ Great Plans!

Earlier today we had the finale session of our joint MIT Sloan-Media Lab Development Ventures seminar, part of the growing D-Lab family of classes in MIT's International Development Initiative (IDI). I'm very proud of the dozen student teams which pulled together several excellent new venture proposals, including...
  • Covalent Global ~ Philanthropic Micro-Grant Network (Kenya, Africa)
  • Civika ~ The "Facebook" for Civic-Sector Leaders (Africa, Philippines)
  • DuraAlok ~ Low-Cost Eyeglasses Distributor (India)
  • Global Cycle Solutions ~ Bicycle-Powered Businesses (Tanzania, Peru)
  • Fair Goods ~ Urban Retailer Delivery Network (South Africa)
  • LinqUs ~ Infonet Connectivity & Services for the Elderly (India, China, Japan)
  • SolSource / LocalSource ~ Rural Energy Product Distributor (Greater Himalayas)
  • Moringa Agri Products ~ Cooperative-Owned Exporter (Kenya, Africa)
  • One Sol ~ Condominial Urban Sewer Solutions (Ghana, Africa)
  • PANAH Network ~ Migrant Housing & Employment System (Asia, Africa)
  • PayGo ~ Mobile Phone Payment System (Pakistan, Mexico)
  • Prestige Incubator ~ Building Premium Import Brands (Latin America)
  • Vidya Vitta ~ Investor-to-SME Brokerage (Nigeria, Tanzania, Africa)
A really great group of newco's! Be sure to also check out our DV alumni ventures!

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