Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship
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. We've narrowed it down to eleven Semi-Finalists who will be flown to Chicago to meet with our judging panel, hoping to earn one of five coveted Fellowship spots.
Explore the work of these world-changing individuals below. Congratulations to all our Semi-Finalists, and stay tuned for the announcement of our 2016 Fellows on August 18, 2016.
Tanyella Evans, 29, NYC: Library for All
Baillie Aaron, 30, UK: Spark Inside
Greg Segal, 32, NYC: ORGANIZE
Alex Epstein, 25, Philadelphia: Urban Creators
Brett Hagler, 26, San Francisco: New Story
Fagan Harris, 29, Baltimore: Baltimore Corps
Eric Liu, 25, San Francisco: Bayes Impact
Becca Heller, 34, NYC: International Refugee Assistance Project
Brian Hill, 31, Chicago: Edovo
Alex Niemczewski, 28, Chicago: BallotReady
Minhaj Chowdhury, 27, Bangladesh: Drinkwell
UPCOMING KEY DATES
- Thursday, August 18th: 2016 BHSI Fellows announced
- Monday, October 17th – Sunday, October 23rd: Chicago Ideas Week
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.