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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: TEL is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides a global platform for sharing innovative, locally implementable solutions to problems of poverty. TEL believes that many adverse effects of poverty in the developing world can be addressed by leveraging innovative technologies from all corners of the world. These innovations can help deliver safe drinking water, improved irrigation, sustainable fuels, and other life-saving benefits through creative, cost-effective, point-of-use solutions. While innovative technology-based are emerging every day, the lack of reliable product and sourcing information leaves many communities, NGOs and entrepreneurs in developing regions disconnected from the supply chain. TEL's goal is to facilitate the deployment of these technologies to the people who need them the most, as well as to encourage further innovation. It accomplishes this via an interactive online platform that connects technology solution providers (e.g., inventors worldwide) with solution seekers (e.g., communities and NGOs in developing regions). TEL allows an exchange of information between stakeholders and reduces costs associated with delivering appropriate solutions. More than simply an exchange platform, TEL's mission is to give individuals living in poverty a wide variety of choice in selecting the best solutions to promote secure livelihoods. As an international network of inventors, engineers, non-profit workers, entrepreneurs, environmentalists, micro-financiers and community leaders, TEL always welcomes new members.

Target demographics: Developing Communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: TEL connects NGOs, end-users, innovators, and last-mile communities to implement sustainable technology

Geographic areas served: International

Programs: Our curated database of high-impact, low-cost solutions to problems of poverty bridges the gap between end-users and innovators.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Former staff

Rating: 5

I've worked with TEL for several years, and it's always been a strongly mission-driven organization powered by enthusiastic, bright people! Great to see how TEL has grown over the years!

Tammy109

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Technology Exchange Lab is a great resource for developing countries like the one I am from. As a volunteer with the organization I get to see their work firsthand and I am proud to be apart of this enterprise of change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Technology Exchange Lab partners with our program, the Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation at MIT, in several facets of our technology evaluation work. They're an absolute delight to work with, always ready to share fantastic insights from their work and full of ideas on how to better disseminate the knowledge and lessons learned our organizations are cultivating together.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The TEL team was fantastic to work with -- genuinely excited and passionate about their subject area in a way that made the work both more engaging and more fun. The way it should be!

Client Served

Rating: 5

TEL is a wonderful resource. They seem to really care about alleviating poverty in the world. They helped our organization by listing us in their database as a telecommunications solutions provider. Speaking with them via email, their staff have always been friendly and helpful. - Eric Bryant, Text Engine

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Technology Exchange Lab is a fantastic organization working to provide a direct link between solution providers and consumers. Its members are intelligent, dedicated, and passionate about forwarding the organization's mission of supplying high-impact, low-cost technology and encouraging innovation. As TEL continues to grow, it has the power to create widespread, meaningful change and I eagerly look forward to what the future holds for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TEL's unique and differentiated opportunity to bring necessary technology to the underserved really has the potential to create a category-defining non-profit. Interesting people, interesting ideas, and the resources to take real action.

Samantha49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with TEL has been such a rewarding experience. It has been eye opening to understand and truly appreciate the different types of technologies that can impact the world in wonderful ways. TEL is a great bridge for solution providers and consumers to communicate and be in reach with one another. This is a great resource and opportunity to be used by anyone that is interested in making a difference or figuring out a way to make a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have worked with TEL as a solution provider on several occasions. They have provided our organization with detailed information and presentations on innovative solutions that can be implemented locally in remote and low-resource countries where we operate. TEL has provided crucial insight into connecting entrepreneurs across the world with the right solutions to fit their needs. The organization is unique and operates under strong leadership.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TEL has entered an exciting growth and expansion phase that can make it a force in the international development space. With an actionable idea that can result in far-reaching impact, TEL is definitely an organisation social entrepreneurs should keep an eye out for!