Bluhm / Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

Chicago Ideas supports innovators in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors who are using their work for positive social change. This year, we received 250 applications from around the world for our Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship, which recognizes exceptional entrepreneurs under the age of 35 who are working to solve pressing social challenges.

2016 BHSI Fellows

These five people are making a difference in the world.
Brian Hill
Founder & CEO, Edovo
Eric Liu
Co-Founder & U.S. Executive Director, Bayes Impact
Fagan Harris
President & CEO, Baltimore Corps
Minhaj Chowdhury
Co-Founder & CEO, Drinkwell
Tanyella Evans
Co-Founder & CEO, Library for All

BHSI at CIW 2016

Catch our 2016 BHSI Fellows on stage at Chicago Ideas Week 2016

About BHSI

The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) recognizes social entrepreneurs, 35 years or younger, whose nonprofit and for-profit ventures tackle significant social challenges through innovative business models. Now in its sixth year, the BHSI Fellowship is committed to empowering entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds by providing them a platform for growth.

Fellows gain exposure to nationally-recognized business and civic leaders, establish a community of support with past Fellows, are awarded $10,000 in financial support toward their work and participate in CIW, a weeklong ideas festival featuring world-class speakers and thinkers, October 17–23, 2016.

Since its inception in 2011, the BHSI Fellowship – created by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand – has awarded more than $500,000 to the Fellows through contributions and in-kind services.