World Bank Field Study

Start-up ecosystems are emerging across the world, in what it is primarily an urban phenomena. The drive of start-up entrepreneurs provides an opportunity for positive impact in both the local economy and the urban landscape. Policy-makers are increasingly focusing on these communities of entrepreneurs to leverage their drive and funnel it towards local industry, job creation, and urban regeneration. For more information: New York City : Transforming a City into a Tech Innovation Leader and Adapting to the New Transformation of the Economy.

One of the industries undergoing major transformations is food. We’re at the beginning of a food innovation revolution when disruption is happening in the whole ecosystem of food and is affecting each element of the supply chain.

The World Bank aims to analyze the internal dynamics of emerging food tech ecosystems and explore the opportunities these ecosystems hold for private sector development. 

In partnership with the Landegger Program in International Business Diplomacy, The World Bank is searching for students to participate in a semester-long, team-based research project to (1) identify emerging trends within food tech ecosystem globally, (2) map food tech ecosystem in Washington, DC and (3) produce recommendations for the Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Cities team. 

How does it work?

Interested students should submit individual applications for the Spring 2017 Field Study. The World Bank will select 5-6 students to form a Field Study team. Over the course of the semester, the team will receive personalized coaching and guidance from consultants and managers from The World Bank’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Unit ( as they work to solve a real-world innovation-related challenge. At the end of the semester, the Field Study team will present a final deliverable to The World Bank audience in a format of a knowledge-exchange event (Brown Bag Lunch). 

Who is eligible?

Undergraduate and Graduate IBD Candidates, as well as students enrolled in an IBD gateway course.

What is the time commitment?

Each team member should plan to dedicate approximately 8-10 hours per week to the Field Study. The Field Study will run from January through mid-April.

Do participants receive compensation or academic credit?

The Field Study is an interactive learning experience that does not include compensation or academic credit. However, participants will receive in-person, one-on-one coaching and guidance from the World Bank consultants and program managers throughout the course of the semester. 

How do I apply?

Applications are due January 23, 2017 at midnight EST. Please complete the application form below and submit it electronically.

Who can I contact with questions?

Please direct questions to Anastasia Nedayvoda at