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Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs 2019

Echoing Green Fellowship is seeking the World’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs to boldly tackle pressing issues in their community. Echoing Green Fellowship Programs will offer more than $4.6 million in seed-stage funding and support this year to emerging leaders working to bring about positive social change.

If you have the ideas and vision to bring positive change to the world, we want to work with you. Don’t worry if your business plan or resume isn’t perfect. What matters is that you are committed to the problem you are solving and ready to make a big impact.

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About Echoing Green

We find the brightest leaders with the best ideas for social innovation as early as possible. And then we do everything we can to make sure they succeed. We work at the intersection of social justice and social innovation, connecting our expertise and global networks to emerging leaders creating long-lasting social change. We are social entrepreneurs, nonprofit advisors, business strategists, data scientists, trained facilitators, and digital connectors. We have 30+ years of experience and are the leading incubator for social impact startups. Each of us approaches our work with passion and ... read more


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Aim and Benefits of Echoing Green Entrepreneur

  1. A dedicated Echoing Green portfolio manager to assist in the development of an Individualized Fellow Plan, access to technical expertise and pro bono partnerships to help grow their organization, and support from Echoing Green chaplains
  2. Leadership development, peer mentorship, and targeted networking opportunities
  3. A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs, public service leaders, and industry leaders including the Echoing Green network of over 700 Fellows working in sixty countries all over the world.
  4. A stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for two-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years
  5. A health insurance stipend and yearly professional development stipend

Requirements for Echoing Green Entrepreneur Qualification

In order to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the applicant must be:

  • Over 18 years old
  • Fluent in English
  • Able to commit a full 35 hour work week to their organization.

In order to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, the organization must be:

  1. The original idea of the applicant(s)
  2. In its start-up phase, usually within the first two years of operation
  3. Independent and autonomous

There are often some misconceptions about what types of organizations are eligible for the Echoing Green Fellowship. Here is some clarification about organizations that are eligible:

  1. An organization can be either a non-profit, a for-profit, or hybrid.
  2. An organization does not only have to be run by one individual. Partnerships can apply for a Fellowship
  3. Organizations still in the idea phase are eligible

The following types of organizations are not eligible to apply:

  1. Students, scholarships, or research projects (Students may apply for the Echoing Green Fellowship while they are full time students in a degree program. However, they must have completed their studies by July at the beginning of their fellowship period.)
  2. Lobbying or faith-based organizations
  3. Existing organizations which have grown past their start-up phase

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Echoing Green Entrepreneur

Selection Criteria: 

Successful applicants not only present an innovative way of addressing social issues, but also explain why they as individuals have what it takes to succeed. Echoing Green is not a grant-making organization. We are a fellowship program because we believe in the importance of the individual social entrepreneur as well as his/her project.  As such, we look at both the applicant and the applicant’s idea.

  1. Purpose & Passion: We want to understand why you care deeply about this issue and your community.
  2. Resilience: Demonstrate how you foresee challenges, and avoid or bounce back from them.
  3. Leadership: Can you lead this organization toward its goals? What unique skills and experiences will help you succeed?
  4. Ability to Attract Resources: Show us that you can attract money, people and other resources to your cause.

ORGANIZATION:

  1. Innovation: What about your approach is different from things that have been tried in the past?
  2. Importance: Explain to us the problem you want to solve and why it matters now on a global, regional, or local scale.
  3. Potential for Impact: We want to know if your project will directly impact many lives, or create systemic changes.
  4. A Good Business Model: You do not have to have solved all the details of how your organization will run, but show us that you are considering this thoughtfully and realistically.

Application Deadline

October 16, 2019


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Echoing Green on echoinggreen.smapply.io to apply

For more details, please visit the scholarship website here


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