“We have taken a multi-stakeholder approach to program development. The program strives to serve students and young professionals, social entrepreneurs, and impact investors with different and compelling value propositions. So, it is not just an education program or capacity development program, at least in traditional terms. It is both. We see the Frontier Market Scouts Program playing a useful role in the social entrepreneurial ecosystems in capital-starved regions and sectors by mobilizing human capitals.”

Frontier Market Scouts

The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) fellowship program turns compassionate and capable young professionals into talent scouts and investment managers serving local entrepreneurs and social-minded investors in low-income and capital-weak regions of the world. Fellows (undergraduates, graduate students, career changers, and professionals) complete a certificate program in impact investing and social enterprise management in Monterey, California before departing on two to six month-long field assignments. The pre-deployment training is delivered by leading practitioners in social enterprise management and impact investing. Launched in January 2011, FMS has trained 87 participants in impact investing and social enterprise management and placed 56 fellowswith 63 small and growing businesses in Brazil, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Turkey, the United States, and Venezuela.

How to replicate or get involved in the Frontier Market Scouts Program

The Frontier Market Scouts training is open to students, current professionals, career-changers and others who have a passion for social enterprise management and impact investing. The program consists of a 2-week training or 1-week training program in Monterey, California followed by a 6-month or 2-month (summer only) field program at sites around the world. To apply for the January-July, June-August, or June-December programs, please click here.

The program is also seeking social enterprises who would like to host a Scout. We are looking for local partners to co-develop a network of social enterprises, impact investment funds, & incubators around the world. Our partners provide a professional experience for the Frontier Market Scouts, working with local social entrepreneurs and investors to discover innovations, improve business processes, attract investments, and promote sustainable businesses models.

Frontier Market Scouts are Masters-level students that support entrepreneurs and impact investors in emerging markets to develop social ventures. Frontier Market Scouts have professional experience, multilingual capacity (in most cases), and have been vetted by Village Capital and the Monterey Institute for International Studies for quality. Learn more.

Contact Information
General Inquiries:
Carolyn Taylor Meyer, Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs by email at cmeyer@miis.edu or by phone at 831.647.6417.

Virtual Scout Program:
Zuleyma Bebell, Virtual Scout Team Leader at zbebell@miis.edu

Investor, Sponsor, and Local Partner Inquiries
Dr. Yuwei Shi, Frontier Market Scouts Founder and Director by email at yshi@miis.edu or by phone at 831.647.4155.

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