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Collaboration is at the heart of D-Lab’s work at MIT and around the globe, as an MIT D-Lab Local Innovation and Development Group research-affiliated initiative, collaboration is our core. We are working with many kinds of organizations such as universities, global corporations, NGOs, local governments, and multilateral institutions.

Why collaborate with us? 

GED is the first initiative to launch a global program to understand and describe how economic systems, mainly those of entrepreneurship based on innovation, work. We use the TE-SER Model, Social Network Mapping, Social Network Analysis and Data Science to create maps of relationships between organizations in each ecosystem, while identifying the actors in each region, and bringing social dynamics of economic ecosystems to the surface. All with the purpose of creating useful knowledge for a progressive and sustainable, social and economic development for emerging countries.

We have identified and mapped the relationships of more than 2000 organizations working by and for their own ecosystems, making it the largest public database of its kind which is in continuous growth

Additionally, we are working on the following related projects and research topics:
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Methodology and Tools to identify local actors.

Understanding the social dynamics of collaboration.

Culture and behavior of economic ecosystems.

Behavior prediction for public policies.

Be part of the team! 

MIT Students


We have a strong relationship with MIT Mexico and the MISTI program to offer MIT undergraduate, master's and postgraduate students a formal platform to collaborate with GED while doing their internship outside the United States.


If you are an MIT student and are interested in collaborating with us during the summer, please contact Griselda Gomez at:


If you are interested in working in a country other than Mexico, please send us an email:   



GED conducts a large number of research and ecosystem strengthening workshops in different parts of the world, during these workshops, MIT’s instructors and researchers, as well as GED associated personnel, collect the data used by the initiative. If you are interested in supporting some of our workshops locally, please go to the "Mapping" section to find out where we will be working soon and get in touch with us by filling-in the following form.

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Map your ecosystem 

If you are an actor who is deeply involved in the development of your own ecosystem and you are interested in creating a map for the actors that work in your city and their relationships, this is for you.


We are currently focusing on the main cities of emerging and European countries, but we are fully aware that the economic and social development product of entrepreneurship and innovation is in each local ecosystem, so we put our main research instrument at your disposal. We will give you the precise instructions on how to use it and we will process the data for you in order to build your ecosystem’s map, we just need your commitment to follow the instructions and complete the work.

If you are interested please send an email to: with the subject "Mapping my ecosystem", with the following information:

  • Country

  • City

  • Organization Name’s

  • Organization Website

  • Managing Director name's and e-mail

  • Your Name (if you are not the Managing Director)

  • Contact e-mail

  • Reasons and motivations to do the work

Formal Collaboration


GED has formal collaborations with universities, global corporations, local governments, and multilateral institutions to work in a limited quantity of ecosystems around the world, but we need to continue growing rapidly to reach more and more economic ecosystems in every possible country.

If your organization is interested in building a long-term formal relationship with GED to work in one or more ecosystems, we have several ways to achieve this:

Global Sponsor

Your organization can be a fundamental part of the most ambitious research initiative of its kind. As a global sponsor, your organization can contribute to creating useful knowledge to support the social and economic development of the nations that need it most, while at the same time acquiring visibility next to recognized organizations worldwide.

Your contribution will support all the work that is done in different parts of the world, as well as the different research topics that GED conducts. You can also select a specific topic that you want to support.

Among other benefits, you can also access the results first-handedly even before being published through presentations that will take place semiannually at MIT’s campus.

 Please contact us by email


Local Strategic Partner

Starting the first quarter of 2020, GED will begin to select our Local Strategic Partners, organizations that GED will train in the TE-SER Model, in research methodologies, including MIT Lean Research, as well as in the use of all our teaching materials to conduct workshops and data collection, for the construction of maps and local reports.

The Training of Trainers (TOT) face-to-face workshops will be held at MIT’s campus twice a year (one in Spanish and another in English). The selection process will end during the first half of 2020.

In order to become a Local Strategic Partner, you need to be a recognized academic nonprofit organization or an NGO with a strong focus on research, having a deep relationship in the local economic ecosystem.

It will be necessary to sign a collaboration agreement with a duration of three years and carry out at least one complete mapping exercise per ecosystem each year.

 Please contact us by email


Ecosystem Strategic Partner

GED conducts local projects to understand how each economic ecosystem works in different countries. As an Ecosystem Strategic Partner, you can work together with the GED team to build relationship maps and reports that include an extremely relevant amount of data with which GED and MIT-affiliated experts make recommendations for best practices, public policy design, strategies and activities focused on improving the conditions of the economic ecosystem.

The Ecosystem Strategic Partners will have access to personalized reports with relevant information that is of their own interest, previously agreed with GED; at the same time, they will benefit from being the main sponsor for the public report of the local economic ecosystem.

 Please contact us by email


Multilateral Institutions

GED is working with multilateral institutions such as IDB and OECD to build regional reports with focus in economic development, innovation and entrepreneurship among other topics, using the data and models building for GED around de world.

We are open to collaborate with any multilateral institution interested in supporting social and economic development in emerging countries.

If you are working in a multilateral institution and are interested in using our data to build regional reports, please contact:

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