We are The Venture Studio for Latin America. We are a group of entrepreneurs building digital platforms to empower the middle-class of Latin America.

We empower the Latin American middle-class through intentionally designed solutions that give fair access to quality services and better income-generating opportunities. We believe that this is the best way for sustainable economic development — and the most meaningful way to invest our talent and energy.

How Polymath builds disruptive business models in emerging markets

What is the Service Design Fellowship?

The objective of the Service Design Fellowship (SDF) is to strengthen our team’s design capabilities to create and launch a new venture with one of our corporate partners. During the SDF you will have the opportunity to be part of a small, elite team of business and design thinkers that will work together to build products and services for the middle class of Latin America. The journey will kick-off from the startup creation process, providing Fellows with extraordinary insight into early-stage (pre-launch) venture design, where we deploy proprietary methodologies that cover human-centered design, lean prototyping, and experimentation, and business modeling. Fellows will gain first-hand exposure to bringing a venture design into reality and will gain a deep understanding of early-stage prioritization, ops, team building, organization structure, project management, and rapid learning cycles.

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The Details

Location: This fellowship will take place in Bogota, Colombia, home of our new headquarters. Joining us at our office will give direct access to our work dynamic, experience our culture, and learn from our ventures, which also share the building with us.
For international applicants, we will allow remote work until aerial operations are resumed in the country.

Duration: SDF will last 6 months (beginning in August 2020), with the opportunity to extend to full-time employment as part of the Polymath team.

The Characteristics

We care about recruiting those who have the talent and commitment to do things differently. In particular, we are looking for people with the following:

  • Creativity – ability to find many solutions to a problem
  • Problem-solving – passion to solve complex problems
  • Entrepreneurial vision – ability to imagine what does not yet exist, and make it happen
  • Openness to ambiguity – comfort in not yet knowing how or when things will get solved
  • Team player – you thrive off working alongside a team of equals
  • Commitment to change – deep commitment to transforming the world

The Basic Requirements

  • Minimum 4 years of work experience; 6 or more years are desirable
  • BA or BS from a top school in your field
  • A portfolio displaying your work
  • Experience or strong desire to work in developing countries
  • English fluency
  • Spanish fluency highly desirable
  • Full-time commitment starting August 2020

Are you ready to design and launch a real business?

Founded in 2012, Polymath was born from an idea that the next great businesses in the world’s emerging markets could be systematically designed, launched, and grown. Since its inception Polymath has built 6 companies.

"We're a start-up for start-ups. It's very meta"

Kevin McElroy - Advisor @ Polymath

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