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    The Bluhm / Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship 2019

    The 2019 BHSI class is addressing some of our most pressing issues, from increasing voter accessibility to inclusive housing and a patented disinfectant product designed to reduce the risk of contamination in areas affected by disease outbreaks. Below are the 2019 Fellows who will be recognized at Chicago Ideas.

    Meet the 2019 BHSI Fellows

    Each of these leaders' organizations are at major inflection points—and we are excited to join them in the second chapter.
    Micaela Connery
    BHSI Fellow; Founder & CEO, The Kelsey
    Seth Flaxman
    BHSI Fellow; Co-Founder, Democracy Works
    Jason Kang
    BHSI Fellow; Co-Founder & CEO, Kinnos

    Since 2011, the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship has supported the work of 36 innovators—representing the United States as well as 18 other countries on five continents—who address pressing global issues, from healthcare delivery to college persistence and sustainable construction in developing nations.

    From the beginning, the BHSI Fellowship has created meaningful, customized experiences for Fellows with connections to influential business and civic leaders, exposure to a broad audience as a speaker at Chicago Ideas, and over $3 million in financial support and in-kind contributions.

    “No one in Chicago is more committed to building up leaders than the BHSI Fellowship.”

    Jahmal Cole, 2017 BHSI Fellow; Founder & Executive Director, My Block My Hood My City

    To build on our success supporting social entrepreneurs who deliver impact, as well as our commitment to meet evolving future needs, we’re doing something different in 2019. Instead of engaging a new class, we’re reengaging past Fellows in new ways.


    Many of our Fellows and their organizations are making pivots and confronting a set of new challenges. We think about this like the transition from a Series A to a Series B whereby we might be able to support the next phase of growth and scale.

    Supporting the outstanding work of social innovators across the globe has always been, and continues to be, the sole purpose of the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship. As we move into this new and exciting phase, we’re committed to the vital work that our Fellows—past, present, and future—do to address the world’s greatest challenges, one big idea at a time.

    For those interested in being considered as a BHSI Fellow in 2020 and beyond, please CLICK HERE and share your information with us.

    BHSI through the Years

    Meet 2018 BHSI Fellows

    Read about these exceptional entrepreneurs making a difference in the world.
    Alejandro Gac-Artigas
    BHSI Fellow; Founder & CEO, Springboard Collaborative
    Eric Glustrom
    BHSI Fellow; Founder & CEO, Watson Institute
    Jason Kang
    BHSI Fellow; Co-Founder & CEO, Kinnos
    Heejae Lim
    BHSI Fellow; Founder & CEO, TalkingPoints
    Kiah Williams
    BHSI Fellow; Co-Founder & Director, SIRUM