Frontier Market Scouts Program
Sanghata’s Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program trains business professionals to advance sustainable business development in low-income areas worldwide.
During the intensive 2-week program participants are taught to balance social and financial missions for sustainable, impactful progress. They are guided through the process of scaling high-impact social enterprises, and are trained to profile ventures for impact investing and to provide seed-stage due-diligence for impact investors.
After the 2-week training the FMS participants have the opportunity to become candidates for fellowship positions. These are typically 2 -12 month paid positions with social enterprises, accelerator programs, and impact investment funds around the world.
FMS Fellows have the job of providing technical business assistance to local entrepreneurs - to improve processes, attract investment and create sustainable business models. Simultaneously, Fellows provide due diligence to impact investors investing in the scaled enterprises.
The 2-week training program in social enterprise management and impact investing is currently taught quarterly in the United States, in Washington D.C. and in Monterey, California. We have plans for international expansion in 2017.
"Frontier Market Scouts discover local entrepreneurs, help entrepreneurs discover investors, and help investors discover entrepreneurs in places that need both the most. In the process, the Scouts discover themselves, their passion, their talent, their fortitude and adaptability and their career and life paths."
- Dr. Shi, former Director of Sanghata-Monterey FMS program, at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), California.