Application Deadline: July 5, 2011Click Here to Apply.
The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, in partnership with Chicago Ideas Week, will award five young socially-conscious leaders who have developed ventures addressing critical social needs, and provides them with exposure to nationally recognized business and community leaders, funding to support their cause, and a platform for growth. The Fellowship was created by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand to help advance the next generation of socially-minded innovators, entrepreneurs and change agents.
We encourage social entrepreneurs under the age of 35 from across the globe, working in either for-profit or not-for-profit ventures, to apply for this unique opportunity.
The five fellowship recipients will be hosted in Chicago for Chicago Ideas Week, taking place October 10-16 2011*, all expenses paid. Fellows will gain exposure for their organization, establish a community of support, and receive a $10,000 financial contribution for their venture.
Select members of the fellowship class will be chosen to present their social venture alongside established professionals in the field during a 300-500 person event celebrating social entrepreneurship.
Media visibility will be plentiful during Chicago Ideas Week. Specifically, Fellows will benefit from the exclusive partnerships Chicago Ideas Week has with leading local & national media partners, including Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, and NBC Chicago.
Formal meetings and sit-downs with prominent leaders, including former Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chairman of Equity Group Investments Sam Zell, Groupon Chairman and Co-Founder Eric Lefkofsky, GrubHub Co-Founder and CEO Matthew Maloney, and others, will provide Fellows with unparalleled guidance and opportunities.
Goal #1: Broaden Exposure
Goal #2: Strengthen Community of Social Entrepreneurs in the Midwest and across the U.S.
Team-building activities throughout the week will allow the Fellowship class to form bonds that will transcend the weeklong experience.
CIW Fellowship Track: Special programs for the Fellows will include private lunches and dinners, specially designed workshops, meetings with prospective funders, roundtables, media visibility, networking and discussion opportunities with other fellows.
VIP Access: Fellows will sit among the most influential leaders in the Midwest and abroad and have access to the growing list of already confirmed speakers, including Segway inventor Dean Kamen, world renowned psychologist Phil Zimbardo, NFL Hall of Fame member Ronnie Lott, futurist and hacker Pablos Holman, and award winning National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore.
VIP Dinners: Dinners feature intimate receptions with speakers, major philanthropists, and executives at unique locations throughout Chicago.
Two VIP Rock Concerts
About Chicago Ideas Week
Chicago Ideas Week is an annual week-long initiative, co-chaired by Brad Keywell, former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, that brings together globally recognized visionaries to speak on a variety of critical issues, social topics, and breakthrough concepts in order to foster connectivity for people in and around the Midwest who are interested in changing the world. Launching October 10-16, 2011, Chicago Ideas Week will feature TEDxMidwest, themed talks, and exclusive behind-the-scenes experiences integrating access to some of Chicago’s world-class organizations and successful businesses. Beyond CIW, Chicago Ideas promises to be a lasting way of thinking and interacting as a community, weaving together Chicago’s leaders and innovators year round.
About Leslie Bluhm & David Helfand
Leslie and David have spent years committed to making a positive impact through philanthropy in the Midwest as well as nationally. Leslie is the founder of the largest volunteer service organization in the Midwest today, Chicago Cares. Leslie’s ambition in creating the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship is to help grow and guide the next generation of socially minded entrepreneurs. David is the founder of Helix Funds, a private real estate investment management company with over $2 billion in assets under management. David serves on the boards of the Field Museum, National Louis University and on the Executive Committee for the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. His philanthropic focus is the advancement of education and entrepreneurship.
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