Monterrey Institute of International Studies – Yuwei Shi

In partnership with Cordes Foundation, Ashoka U seeks to recognize globally relevant teaching, learning, and partnership practices that may be adapted and replicated across the field. To highlight some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations, Ashoka U and the Cordes Foundation will recognize six promising educational approaches in social entrepreneurship with the Ashoka U — Cordes Innovation Awards.

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.