The Archimedes Project is a venture builder that provides an aspiring entrepreneur a venture building team and works as a co-founder in all aspects of developing the business from research to research to concept to launch.
We work with aspiring entrepreneur to understand the market, develop a business plan, build a financial model, develop relationships with advisors and partners, identify initial funders, and implement the launch of a human-centered lean startup.
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Aspiring entrepreneurs start their Archimedes Project experience by spending 12-weeks working in their chosen country as a Frontier Social Entrepreneur Fellow.
Too many social-good projects start without a full understanding of the problem they want to solve and the ecosystem they operate within. To design a social enterprise to sustainably address the clean water and sanitation needs of low-income households, it is essential to understand those needs as well as past and current efforts to meet them.
The fellowship is the first step in our venture building process. The research and relationships developed during the fellowship period lay the foundation for venture development. Following the fellowship, the fellow can become an Archimedes Project entrepreneur and begin the process of developing and launching a venture.
The fellowship is a truly unique opportunity to learn what it takes to develop a development venture.
An aspiring entrepreneur must be deeply connected to an Archimedes Project priority country and be able to live there and serve as a fellow full-time during the fellowship period. They must meet the Archimedes Project entrepreneur criteria and be interested in co-founding a clean water or sanitation social enterprise with the Archimedes Project.
Anyone who has a deep commitment to improving the well-being of a country and believes that clean water and sanitation are key to that. We are looking for leaders who will with us to design, develop and launch the next generation of clean water enterprise that will provide sustainable access while creating jobs. Key characteristics: A strong entrepreneurial spirit, creative intelligence, leadership, and resilience.
These countries are a priority for enterprise development.
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Our four-stage process allows us to guide entrepreneurs through the building a clean water or sanitation venture by understanding the problem, generating a solution, validating and testing it.
The venture building process begins with a four-month research stage, during which an aspiring entrepreneur clearly defines a water or sanitation problem and develops in-country contacts.
We organize an ideation event where professionals from across sectors use their professional experience, the entrepreneur’s research, and the knowledge of target-country experts to design a business concept.
During the six-month development stage, we create an enterprise development team to help the entrepreneur vet the viability of the selected solution and develop an operating plan.
During the three-month launch stage, the entrepreneur and the enterprise launch team test the minimum viable product for product-market fit with the first 100 customers.