“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 – 2013 Awardee

The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) is a non-profit, award-winning certificate training and fellowship program which advances purpose-driven careers by coaching and training impact-fueled professionals for careers in social venture management and impact investing. FMS instructors are active and successful professionals who work with leading organizations including the Cordes Foundation, Omidyar Network, Calvert Foundation, Accion Venture Lab, Unreasonable Group, Pi Investments, and Colorado Capital. After completing the intensive 2-week certificate training in social enterprise management and impact investing, FMS participants have the opportunity to become candidates for full-time fellowship positions with social enterprises, business accelerator programs, and impact funds around the world.

Launched in January 2011, FMS was the creation of three key visionaries: Sabiha Malik of Sanghata Global Network, Ross Baird of Village Capital, and Dr. Yuwei Shi of the Middlebury Institute. Since its’ inception, FMS has trained more than 350 participants and placed more than 100 fellows with 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

We are looking for local partners to help us grow our global network of social enterprises, impact investment funds, & incubators. Our partners provide a professional experience for FMS fellows to discover innovations, improve business processes, attract investments, and promote sustainable businesses models. Click the following to learn more from FMS Instructor, Paul Breloff

Contact Information
For all inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 831.647.4115.

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