4 Social Innovation Fellowships now accepting applications

StartingBloc Boston 2010

One of the most important factors for success in any field is the strength of your professional community, and the social sector is no exception.  Fellowships are a great way to instantly connect to world-class communities, and four of the best social innovation fellowships available are currently accepting applications.  Take a look:


StartingBloc is a people accelerator.  I had the great pleasure of becoming a StartingBloc fellow last February, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the experience to any young professional or college student finding their way in the social sector.  It starts with a 5-day institute shared with 120 of some of the most astounding social innovators you’ll ever encounter and continues as a professional community that has continued to introduce me to some of the most amazing people I know.  StartingBloc is partially self-sustaining, so there’s a fee to attend the institute, but I assure you it’s worth the cost.

Deadline: October 24th (Soon!) Apply for StartingBloc

The Unreasonable Institute

Have a 2+ person Social Sector startup in the prototype/pilot phase?  Do you have an internal revenue mechanism (not just donations-based)? Do you have an unreasonable ambition to reach at least one million people?  Then you’re perfect for the social venture accelerator the Unreasonable Institute.  After an astounding successful first year, they’re gearing up for their intensive signature summer institute that provides the best mentoring around and is guaranteed to refine your

Deadline: November 20th,  Apply for the Unreasonable Institute

Echoing Green

Provides seed funding and technical assistance to emerging social entrepreneurs with ideas for social change.  If your social-sector startup is less than two years old and you’re committed to working full time on the idea, Echoing Green could provide crucial assistance to get you through the rocky early years.

Deadline: November 12th, Apply for Echoing Green

Ashoka US

Do you have a radical new idea to change the world?  Are you ready to take your impact to the next level, scaling nationally or globally?  Want the clout of the oldest and largest association of Social Entrepreneurs behind you?  Then you should look into Ashoka.  With some of the biggest names in Social Entrepreneurship from Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus to Kiva’s founder Matt Flanner, you’ll be in good company.  Ashoka selects Fellows internationally as well as here in the US.  [Full disclosure and all that, I used to work for Ashoka]

Deadline: Rolling, Nominate a US-based Fellow (self nominations allowed)

Posted from Ryan’s personal blog, Back of the Envelope and Big Ideas



Thank you for posting, in a very clear and concise way, these various opportunities. These are all exceptional programs working towards the same goal – preparing the next set of changemakers to effectively tackle the worlds greatest challenges. We are all looking forward to supporting these individuals!

Tyler from the Unreasonable Institute

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