How to Apply

Make a plan. Take action.

Thank you for your interest in the Initiators Fellowship! The application period has ended. We’ll reopen applications in spring of 2021. 

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:

July 10 Webinar: Program recap and Q&A session (37 minutes)

June 6 Webinar: The application process (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 personal video (up to 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 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 one letter of reference, create a personal video no longer than three minutes and complete the following application materials. When your application materials are complete, use the drag-and-drop feature below to share your files!

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.