Center for Development & Entrepreneurship

Market-Creating Innovation (MCI) Bootcamp

Program Summary

First developed in 2021, Our on-ground boot camps program targets early-stage entrepreneurs over an intensive three-day period of interactive sessions bridging what it means to be an entrepreneurial leader combined with how to build a scalable innovation-driven venture. The boot camp curriculum is anchored around the principles outlined in The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Povertywritten by the late Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen. 

 The boot camp is designed to be dynamic and practical and is best suited for early-stage entrepreneurs who are piloting or refining an idea that seeks to solve a problem for the majority of people in a region.

Program Benefits

Course: Participants will benefit from engaging sessions that fundamentally change how they think about innovation. 

Community: Participants will join a unique and growing community of people (investors, entrepreneurs, and policymakers) committed to building market-creating innovations in emerging economies. 

Coaching: Participants will gain access to some of the most reputable and forward-thinking innovators and investors committed to emerging economies. 

Certification: Participants will get a Market-Creating Innovation Bootcamp Certificate of Completion after the program is completed.

Access to Capital: Upon completion of the Bootcamp, participants will have an opportunity to create an investment pitch deck that may be shared with a select group of investors committed to investing in emerging market-focused innovations.

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The Need
Across the globe, access to basic healthcare, education, and utilities remains out of reach to large populations worldwide.

  • Less than half of the global population is covered by essential health services.[1]
  • Remote learning remains out of reach for at least 500 million students.[2]
  • 789 million people lack electricity.[3]

Conventional economic development methods have not been successful in addressing these issues. A different development paradigm that focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship is the critical missing piece in the economic prosperity puzzle.

The Solution
Hailed as “a better way to fight poverty,”[4] market-creating innovations (MCIs) create accessible products for populations of all income levels through affordability, simplicity, and convenience. MCIs are unique in their ability to create new growth engines that lead to jobs, increased taxes, and the emergence of an entrepreneurial culture. Our boot camp model seeks to build a robust foundation for inclusive and sustained economic prosperity for all.

Initial Participating Countries:

Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, and Kenya

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The Center is supported by the following valued sponsors.

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