Fellowship @ Young Founders Organization

Echoing Green has opened Fellowship applications to social entrepreneurs who aim to solve humanity’s biggest problems and want to receive expert training, seed funding, and life-long support. Learn and apply below.


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 a dedication to supporting the change our Fellows are making in the world. We value social justice, innovation, inclusivity, and community.

We've designed a world-class global search process that elevates better indicators of potential than a business plan alone, prioritizes diversity of experience and perspective, and offers a learning experience for all applicants.

The Opportunity:

For more than 30 years, Echoing Green has been on the front lines of solving the world's biggest problems by raising up transformational leaders who challenge the status quo. Through our two-year, full-time Fellowship, we find people working on a plan to make the world better in a big way. Then we help them become impactful leaders by connecting them with the tools, resources, and communities they need to bring their ideas to life. Applications have opened for transformational leaders and entrepreneurs to apply to receive:

  • Leadership Development: A comprehensive, self-paced program to work towards building leadership skills and developing the structures and strategies needed for ideas to thrive; ongoing secular support from three Echoing Green Chaplains, focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as self-care workshops designed specifically for the struggles of entrepreneurship.

  • Seed Resources: An expert advisor and thought partner who guides leadership growth, helps build ideas and organizations for success, and connects Fellows to additional resources and funding opportunities; a stipend paid in four equal installments over two years ($80,000 for individuals; $90,000 for partnerships), in addition to a flexible benefit stipend. Funding offered to for-profit organizations is in the form of recoverable grants.

  • Lifelong Support: International gatherings to connect Fellows across classes and cohorts, as well as with experienced business leaders, institutions, and investors committed to solving global issues; comprehensive pro bono legal and investment advice and a suite of support from leading professionals to help navigate the social entrepreneurship and impact investment fields.

The methods we use to identify high-potential leaders have been refined over three decades, and the results speak for themselves. Three rules guide the Echoing Green search and selection model, even as we’re always adapting to stay ahead of the curve: seeking out underrepresented places, including a diverse array of talent and perspective, and evaluating potential on intrinsic indicators.

Become a fellow to impact one of these key issues:

  • Climate change

  • Education

  • Health

  • Human rights

  • Poverty

  • Racial justice

Deadline to Apply: October 16

APPLY HERE and tell them Next Gen sent you!

Alex Gordon