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Moses Lee
Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan

Moses Lee is an Academic Program Manager and Lecturer at theCenter for Entrepreneurshipat the University of Michigan (UM), where he manages the Social EntrepreneurshipInitiative.He teaches two courses:Social Venture CreationandIntro to Social Entrepreneurship. In addition, Moses supports the curriculum and teaching responsibilities in UM’sMultidisciplinary Design Minor Global Health Design Specialization.

Moses is currently working on UM’sSafe Male Circumcision Project, which received aGates FoundationGrand Challenges Explorations grant. He is developing the feasibility plan for low-cost, mass production/distribution of the medical devices.

Previously,Moses wasa Manager at theWilliam Davidson Instituteandthe Managing Editor ofNextBillion.net, the premier online resource for information on social enterprises in the developing world.
Moses also worked in investment banking at Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank and in financial services at General Motors and Ernst & Young. He graduated with high distinction from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan with a BBA and MA. While attending Ross, Moses was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Monroe Street Journal, the business school newspaper. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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Articles by Moses Lee

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    A Dialogue on Philanthrocapitalism: To Add, But Not To Be

    This is part 2 of our series reviewing Michael Edwards’ Just Another Emperor and the concept of ’philanthrocapitalism’.? Read part 1 here. Michael Edwards’ recent book on “philanthrocapitalism” reminds me of a recent conversation I had with my sister, a social...

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    Why the Base of the Pyramid Movement Needs God

    In my previous post, I suggested that BoP enterprises should consider partnering with faith based organizations (FBOs) on the ground, particularly in countries where religion plays a large role. In this post, I?d like to put forth another distinct, but similar idea: FBOs in the West can play...

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    God at the Base of the Pyramid?

    A key concept when operating a business at the base of the pyramid, or in any place for that matter, is contextualization. And by contextualization I mean a deep understanding and embrace of local culture. A simple example of contextualization in business can be observed by comparing the...

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    Taking a BoP Venture to Scale, Part 2

    In my last post, I put forth a definition on scaling a BoP venture: increasing business transactions that positively affect the lives of the poor. In this post I’d like to address the importance of scaling a BoP venture. Apoovra Shah recently brought up the issue of BoP ventures...

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    Taking a BoP Venture to Scale, Part 1

    "How are we going to scale this enterprise?” “What is our scaling strategy?” “What are the building blocks needed to take our concept to scale?” If you have ever sat in on a board meeting of an organization, either for a for-profit or non-profit, I am sure you...

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    The Often Missing Component of a BoP Venture: Humility

    "We must imagine a world which combines in equal measure economic development and eradication of poverty, ecological stewardship and social justice. We must harness the forces of globalization to create this outcome. We have to imagine this future. If we cannot imagine it, we cannot create...

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    From the ToP to the BoP

    In 2007, I had the opportunity to consult for a newly formed NGO trying to establish a BoP venture in South East Asia. The NGO’s management team had years of experience running small-to-medium sized businesses, had raised a sizable amount of capital, and had formed an all-star team of...

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    Bringing Talent to the BoP Sector

    Last summer, while writing case studies for the William Davidson Institute on base of the pyramid (BoP) related organizations, I had the opportunity to meet and interview a number of practitioners to discuss their approaches towards using market-based solutions to address poverty. The...

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