How to Apply

Make a plan. Take action.

Thank you for your interest in the Initiators Fellowship. All application materials will be posted to this page through 11:59 p.m. on July 15. 

Applicants will need to complete a downloadable form (Microsoft Word), share their resume and letter(s) of recommendation, and prepare a social business model canvas and a basic three-minute video (a mobile phone video is perfectly acceptable) about why you’re applying for this Fellowship and how it would be transformative for you and your idea/venture.

Scroll down to the “Application Materials” heading below to get started!

Upcoming Webinar

Join us for a series of three webinars offered through July 10 to gain an overview of the program and to learn about the application process. All webinars will be recorded and posted to this site for on-demand viewing. Questions? Email initiators@ifound.org or call (877) 632-9255 and ask to speak with Chris Fastner, Initiators Fellowship program manager.

Register For July Learning Opportunity

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and login information from the Zoom webinar platform. If you’re new to Zoom, please allow 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the webinar to ensure you’re connected and ready to go!

Webinars Recordings

If you’ve missed your opportunity to join our live webinar sessions, no worries: We’ve recorded them for your on-demand viewing. As new webinars occur, we’ll add links to the recorded webinars here:

June 6 Webinar: Application process overview (101 minutes)

May 16 Webinar: Overview of the Initiators Fellowship program (48 minutes)

Who Should Apply?

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You can contact Program Manager Chris Fastner to discuss whether your idea is in the ballpark of what we’re looking to support through the Initiators Fellowship program.

STEP 1: Download and complete the fillable application form available as a Microsoft Word document. (Use the help guide to give your best answers.)

STEP 2: Collect a letter of reference that speaks to your professional abilities, entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen.

STEP 3: Download and complete your Social Business Model Canvas. This is a one-page visual representation of your business concept as you understand it now. (Leverage our help guide to step you through the process.)

STEP 4: Record a short video (no longer than three minutes) explaining why you are applying to the Fellowship and how it would be transformative for you and your idea/venture. Don’t worry about adding graphics or any high-level editing for the video. A simple but clear video taken with a smartphone will suffice.

STEP 5: Label each item with the first letter of your first name, your last name and a description of the file type. For example: J_Smith_Resume.

STEP 6: Upload all of these items plus a current resume using the upload widget on this page.

Your application is complete when you’ve submitted the following application materials:
  • Application Form
  • Letter(s) of Reference
  • Current Resume
  • Social Business Model Canvas
  • Short Personal Video
Remember that you can email Program Manager Chris Fastner with specific questions about completing any of the application materials. To be fair to all applicants through the remainder of the process, we cannot review your materials and provide feedback in advance of the screening process.

Application Materials

Prepare a current resume, secure at least one letter of reference, create a personal video no longer than three minutes and complete the following application materials  to apply. When your application materials are complete, use our upload widget to share your files!

Note: Uploads to the Initiative Foundation’s Box cloud-based storage environment perform best when using a desktop/laptop device and a current version of the Google Chrome browser.

Visit the Resources Page to Learn More

Browse our frequently asked questions, videos, fact sheets and important links to learn more about the Initiators Fellowship and the many ways in which you’ll learn, grow and make a difference through this program.