Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

24The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week is currently accepting applications to its 2016 Fellowship Program! The application process will remain open through Tuesday, June 7th.

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.

2016: KEY DATES
  • Thursday, March 17th: Applications open
  • Tuesday, June 7th (11:59 PM CST): Application deadline
  • Late July: Semifinalists notified
  • Friday, August 12th & Saturday, August 13th: Semifinalist interviews in Chicago.
    • In order to be considered for the Fellowship, applicants must be able to attend the in-person interviews. Travel expenses will be covered.
  • Thursday, August 18th: 2016 BHSI Fellows announced
  • Monday, October 17th Sunday, October 23rd: Chicago Ideas Week
    • In order to be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must be available to travel to Chicago October 16th – 21st, with the option of staying to participate through the 23rd. (Fellows’ travel expenses will be covered through the 21st or 23rd, respectively.)
 

2015 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2015 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2014 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2014 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2013 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2012 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2012 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

2011 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

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Meet the 2011 Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellows

Questions?

For questions or for more information on the BHSI Fellowship,                                 please contact Julia Dilday at Julia@chicagoideas.com.

Chicago Ideas Week Oct 17 – 23, 2016

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