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Echoing Green Fellowship for African Innovators

Deadline: November 4th, 2021

Echoing Green is currently taking applications for its Innovation Fellowship 2022. Echoing Green supports bold leaders from all over the world who see possibility in the face of the most existential challenges of our day. Together, they strive to build a world that has yet to exist: a future free from racism and its far-reaching consequences where all people can thrive.

This Fellowship is for people whose enterprises are at an early stage and who are experts on the challenge they’ve chosen to confront. Echoing Green seeks leaders who reflect the community they serve and bring deep knowledge of the issues into their work as they co-design solutions with and for their communities.

Why You Should Apply

  • Leadership Development
    • Personalised Framework: A comprehensive program to build and grow leadership skills and develop the strategies needed for ideas to thrive.
    • Well-being Support: Ongoing support focusing on mental and emotional well-being, as well as self-care workshops designed specifically for the struggles of entrepreneurship.
  • Seed Resources
    • Leader Support: A portfolio team facilitates the Fellow experience and connects these leaders to experts and opportunities according to their needs.
    • Seed Funding: A stipend over 18 months ($80,000 USD). Funding offered to for-profit organisations is in the form of recoverable grants.
  • Lifelong Support
    • Retreats and Networking Events: Gatherings to connect Fellows across classes and cohorts, as well as with experienced business leaders, institutions, and investors committed to solving global issues.
    • Expert Partners: A suite of pro-bono support from leading professionals to build organisational capacity and help navigate the social entrepreneurship field.

Who Can Apply?

Applicant Eligibility

  • You must be 18 years or older by February 28, 2022.
  • To be eligible for the Fellowship and fully participate in programming and support offerings, you must be able to communicate in English proficiently. Support throughout the Echoing Green Fellowship is offered in English.
  • You must be a leader with decision-making power within the organisation and be either a sole founder or a leading founder on a team of people who created the organisation.
  • Applicants must be the primary decision maker and have the ultimate authority over your organisation’s growth and strategic vision.
  • If selected for an Echoing Green Fellowship, you may hold other professional responsibilities, but you must work full time, defined here as 40 hours a week, on the work outlined in your Fellowship application, and it must remain as your main professional priority.

Organisation Eligibility

  • Organisations that are independent but have fiscal sponsors are eligible for the Echoing Green Fellowship as long as the fiscal sponsor has no authority over the organisation’s work and decision making.
  • To be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, you must be able to make and act on organisational decisions of your own choosing. If other organisations or entities manage or hold decision-making authority for your proposed organisation, you may not be eligible. Organisations that are independent but have fiscal sponsors may be eligible as long as the fiscal sponsor has no authority over the organisation’s work and decision making.
  • Echoing Green seeks applicants in need of funding to initiate or scale their organisations. They generally describe early-stage organisations or ideas as those that have operated with full-time staff for less than five years or still need resources to grow and sustain their operations.
  • Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, Echoing Green cannot distribute funds to organisations whose primary purpose is lobbying.
  • The organisation cannot engage in recruitment, promotion, or conversion for a specific religious faith to your constituency.
  • For you and your organisation to be eligible for an Echoing Green Fellowship, no founding team members and no people in a leadership position can be an Echoing Green Fellow.

How to Apply

Below is an outline of information you’ll be asked to provide in the Echoing Green Fellowship

  • General information about you
  • Information about your organisation including but not limited to: general overview, financial overview, and how you think about and categorise your work
  • A series of short answer questions asking about your leadership, work, and the organisation you are building.
  • A collaborative analysis where you will be asked to identify other organisations similar to yours and how you might work with them toward shared goals.
  • A resume that should demonstrate your qualifications
  • You will be asked to upload a 60-second video answering the question “Why do you do what you do” while sharing your personality, energy, and passion.

Visit Echoing Green for more information.

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