The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program advances purpose-driven work by coaching and training impact-fueled professionals for careers in social enterprise management and responsible investing.
The FMS two-week Certificate Training is offered three times per year in Amsterdam, DC, and Monterey. The training provides participants with the knowledge and foundational network to launch a career in the field of impact investing and social enterprise management. FMS training instructors are leading practitioners in the impact space and work with organizations that include Omidyar Network, Accion Venture Lab, Village Capital, Invested Development, and Colorado Capital. Through the combination of lectures and actionable co-creative projects, participants walk away with a comprehensive understanding of how responsible investment deals are made and managed, how to design an innovative impact-focused business model, what it takes to implement and scale a social venture, and who the key players in the impact sector.
View the 2016 program schedule and location-specific details.
After completing the intensive, two-week training, FMS participants have the opportunity to become candidates for fellowship positions with social ventures, accelerator programs, or impact funds in positions such as operations management and financial modeling for periods of up to one year.
The goal of the FMS fellowship is to help existing social enterprises or an impact investment fund. A fellowship typically looks like a full or part-time position aimed scaling or improving existing processes or addresses pressing business development or sales and marketing needs. Since 2011, FMS fellows have worked to grow and improve processes for over 100 social enterprises around the world during field assignments based in such countries as Brazil, India, The Netherlands, Ecuador, Colombia, Vietnam, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Lebanon.
Learn more about the fellowship placement process and experience.
The Frontier Market Scouts training and fellowship program has trained more than 300 professionals and served more than 100 different social enterprises in 20 different countries around the world since its inception. FMS received a 2013 Cordes Innovation Award from AshokaU and has now become the flagship program of the newly launched Center for Social Impact Learning at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).
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