MAS.666 | Fall 2003 | Graduate

Developmental Entrepreneurship


1 Introduction by Prof Alex (Sandy) Pentland.

Guests Amy Smith with IDEAS Competition.

Tim Prestero, Neil Cantor, and Will DelHagen with Design-that-Matters/DtM.

Participants Interests Matrix.

2 Brainstorming Development Opportunities.

Breakout Sessions with Special Guests.

3 Guest Entrepreneurs (and Developmental Entrepreneurship Seminar alumni) Rich Fletcher and Amir Hasson with First Mile Solutions building DakNet, a very low-cost net in South Asia, after analyzing the Market for Mobile Computing Services in rural India (and being informed by several Case Studies on Wireless in Jordan and Wireless Internet in Nepal).

Guest Holly Ladd, who is setting up HealthNet, a PDA-based health information organization in Africa, for example, HealthNet in Kenya.

4 Guests (and DE alumni) Mathias Craig from blueEnergy and Damien Balsan from Way Systems Inc. and the MIT International Development Forum.
5 Presentations by Student Teams.
6 Guest Speakers:

GrameenPhone founder Iqbal Quadir now at the Harvard’s Kennedy School spoke about his experiences.

SARI Project Principal Colin Maclay now at Harvard Law’s Berkman Center who discussed his experience.

7 Presentations by Student Teams to visiting Digital Nations Delegates and Civic Leaders.
8 Guest Entrepreneurs:

Vish Anantraman from Dimagi pursuing healthcare informatics with a special focus on clinical trials and population research (and a DE class alum company).

Saul Griffith from LowCostEyeglasses a social enterprise serving the one billion people worldwide who need corrective glasses but can’t afford them (and winner of the HBS Business Plan Contest).

Harish Hande from SELCO Solar Electric Lighting, which sells, services, and arranges financing for solar electric systems for customers lacking reliable access to lighting and electricity throughout South Asia. Harish has been building the firm since the mid-1990s and spoke of SELCOs past accomplishments and future plans.

Course Info

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Fall 2003
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Lecture Notes
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