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Build a Life-Saving Enterprise with the Archimedes Project
Entrepreneurs

Develop a life-saving enterprise

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.

If you are interested in translating your desire for major impact into a world changing enterprise- get in touch today!

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Human-centered design requires human-centered research.

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.

Entrepreneur Criteria

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.

Who Should Apply?

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.

Target Countries

These countries are a priority for enterprise development.

Bangladesh
Bolivia
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Côte d'Ivoire
Ethiopia
Ghana
Haiti
Honduras
Indonesia
Kenya
Madagascar
Malawi
Mozambique
Myanmar
Nepal
Niger
Rwanda
Senegal
South Africa
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia

Projects Timeline

Discover where we have worked and what we have done.

2013 Projects:
Ideate
Haiti
2013
2014
2014 Projects:
Develop
Kouzin Dlo, Haiti
Launch
Kouzin Dlo, Haiti
2015
2015 Projects:
Research
Cameroon
Ideate
Tamil Nadu, India
2016
2016 Projects:
Ideate
Nepal
Research
Honduras
2017
2017 Projects:
Ideate
Myanmar
Research
Ghana
Research
Ethiopia

Our Approach

Our four-stage process allows us to guide entrepreneurs through building a clean water or sanitation venture by understanding the problem, generating a solution, validating and testing it.

Stage 1
Research

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.

Stage 2
Ideation

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.

Stage 3
Development

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.

Stage 4
Launch

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.

Meet our Entrepreneurs & Fellows

Haiti
Jessica Laporte
2014
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Venture

Jessica is passionate about Haiti and about using social entrepreneurship as a mechanism to provide critical services and allow communities to meet their own needs in an aid-dependent society. 

Cameroon
Iynna Halilou
2015
,
Research

Iynna is a global nomad who believes that entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity are the solution to Cameroon's development challenges. Her goal as a entrepreneur is to unlock the potential to create solutions.

Honduras
Jennifer Vargas
2016
,
Research

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Jennifer believes that innovation, creativity and close interaction with affected communities are the key to unlock potential for change.

Ethiopia
Fitsum Gelaye
2017
,
Research

Fitsum grew up in Addis Ababa, constantly faced with the lack of access to basic services. Her experience inspired her to investigate the constraints behind access to water and sanitation and how social enterprises can benefit cities.

Ghana
Patricia Addo-Dombo
2017
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Research

Patricia was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, and is a MSW student at New York University who is passionate about helping people and societies. She is fueled by her drive to empower people and foster well-being.

Rwanda
Leandre Kibeho
2018
,
Research

Leandre is a native Rwandan pursuing a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University. He is passionate about the development of his country and believes that creative entrepreneurship is the solution to the Rwanda’s development challenges.

Kenya
Phyllis Gichuhi
2018
,
Research

Phyllis is a native Kenyan who is passionate about contributing to the positive growth of her hometown of Nairobi and hopes to drive change towards a cleaner, more sustainable and innovative city.

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