AUG 18: The Coaching Fellowship 2017 Cohort 3

The Coaching Fellowship

Twice per year, The Coaching Fellowship selects between 50 and 75 young high potential women leaders each time in the social impact sector to become our fellows. Fellows receive executive level coaching at a massively reduced rate so they may focus deeply on personal and leadership development, attaining their goals, and changing the world in the process. In addition, fellows join our network of 400+ women impact leaders around the world.

The Coaching Fellowship is opening their 10th program and providing coaching opportunities to extraordinary young women leaders in the world of social impact.

Program Highlights for 2017 Cohort 3

- 50-75 available fellowship places
- 1:1 personalized coaching with one of our 80 coaches in 23 countries
- 11 hours of coaching over 6 months, two part program
- Weekly coaching tips and recommended reading
- Monthly group calls with other fellows
- Events and opportunities to connect with our extraordinary global alumni network

2017 Cohort 3 Program will begin October 16, 2017 and coaching will continue until April 27, 2018. Fellows must be available for coaching during this time. Visit program page for timeline and more information (

August 18, 2017

AUG 20: D-Prize Distribution Challenge


D-Prize funds new entrepreneurs who increase access to proven poverty interventions.

The world has already invented ways to end poverty, yet the best interventions are not being distributed at mass-scale. Can you design a business or NGO that solves one of the Distribution Challenges below?








If selected we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in any region where extreme poverty exists.

Who Should Apply?
You should have enormous ambition, and can imagine yourself as a successful entrepreneur. You are ready to launch your new venture, and - if a pilot proves successful – you are excited to grow it into a world changing organization. If you are still a student or have existing ommitments, you should have a clear idea how to transition into a full-time founder. D-Prize is exclusively interested in ventures that will scale distribution of an already proven poverty intervention in the developing world. We do not fund prototypes of promising new interventions.

D-Prize challenges are open to anyone or any teams. The sole restriction is that individuals and their immediate family on the judging panel may not participate as a contestant. D-Prize is also open to any business model (for profit, non-profit, and everything in between). All winners will be awarded up to $20,000. The award is offered in the form of a convertible grant. Up to 25 of the most promising proposals will be selected for funding awards, regardless of which challenge track was selected.

August 20, 2017

AUG 20: The Startup Leadership Program

Startup Leadership

The Startup Leadership Program (SLP) was founded in Boston in 2006, is a highly selective, 80-hour, 6-month world-class training education program and lifetime peer-to-peer and mentor network for outstanding founders & innovators.

We run in 27 cities in 12 countries (this year we are taking admissions into 22 cities) and bring 15-25 entrepreneurs in each city every year. You will be connected to a global network, and get to know Fellows, attend classes and pitch in demo days all over the world.

This year we will count 2,200 Fellows including more than 400 women, who have founded more than 1300 companies that have raised more than $500 million, and include breakthrough and award-winning startups like BrightBytes, Gray Orange Robotics, ixigo, Micello, Momelan, NatureBox, Novira, Runkeeper, Savored (acquired by Groupon), Shareaholic, Ubsersense and Rock My Run. We choose entrepreneurs, not startups, and are complementary to the world leading accelerators & incubators.

Our Fellows have also been a part of world-leading programs such as TechStars, Seedcamp, Excelerate, Rock Health, BluePrint Health, Azure Accelerator, as well as been funded by the world's leading venture capital funds.

We are a not for profit with a simple mission. We help you for just the cost of being in our program. We take no equity. But we ask you to make one promise: that you will use your knowledge, wealth or resources to help those who cannot help themselves in your lifetime.

Our network and education materials are for life, and the experience is transformational.

August 20, 2017

AUG 23: Inclusive Communities Grants

Department of Social Services (Australian Government)

AUG 23: Inclusive Communities Grants
Over $12 million in grants for projects that increase belonging and the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities. Applications close 23 August.

Inclusive Communities grants aim to build strong, resilient and cohesive communities to help make Australia more secure and harmonious as a whole. This will be done through providing grants for projects to increase the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities to enhance their lifetime well-being and sense of community belonging. Grants will be available to eligible community organizations to build and sustain social cohesion and community resilience, whether through employment, education or broader community life. Inclusive Communities projects may include a multicultural arts or festival event. All Inclusive Communities projects may include a Harmony Day event.

23-Aug-2017 2:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

AUG 25: Dreamstarter by ING


Applications are now open for the latest round of Dreamstarter by ING, an initiative that helps get ideas for social change off the ground. By providing much-needed funding, raising your business profile and supporting you with the knowledge you need to build financially sustainable businesses, Dreamstarter can help you make a lasting difference in your community. Applications close 25 August.

ING are looking for social businesses that not only create positive social impact, but are also original, shareable and have an existing network to tap into and leverage. Together with StartSomeGood and Social Enterprise Finance Australia Partnerships (SEFAP), they want to help your social enterprise idea reach a much wider audience and generate a greater level of support, and get the funding it needs to make it happen!.

By providing much-needed funding, raising your business profile and supporting you with the knowledge you need to build financially sustainable businesses, Dreamstarter can help you make a lasting difference in your community.

The Dreamstarter Program will help you raise funds to launch or grow your social enterprise through:


Dreamstarter provides scholarships to learning programs that help social entrepreneurs gain the knowledge and training required to establish and grow a financially sustainable social business.


ING will pledge up to 50% of the tipping point to help you reach your target.

Grants for Growth

Dreamstarter provides grants you’ve launched ifyou need a little extra boost to create or take up an opportunity to scale your social enterprise

Dreamstarter alumni include AbilityMate, Eat Me Chutneys, The Good Beer Co., BrainChild Academy, Clean Coast Collective, Crema Joe, Words With Heart, SAMA, Street Art Murals Australia and The Social Outfit.

August 25, 2017 11:59 pm

AUG 25: The Fall 2017 CivicX

Civic Accelerator

The Points of Light Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures with solutions to address un/under-employment in the United States.

The Fall 2017 CivicX – a 10-week entrepreneur boot camp and investment fund – will support and invest in innovative, scalable ventures that improve educational outcomes and better equip and connect underemployed populations to sustainable jobs in the innovation economy. We are interested in solutions for veterans and their spouses, refugees and immigrants, opportunity youth, and other populations lacking access and facing barriers to employment opportunities.

Applications for the Fall 2017 Civic Accelerator are due Friday, August 25, by 5:00 pm ET. Apply and learn more at

August 25, 2017 by 5:00 pm ET

AUG 25: Fall 2017 Civic Accelerator

Civic Accelerator

Fall 2017 Challenge: How might we better equip and connect underserved populations to sustainable employment opportunities in the innovation economy?

The Civic Accelerator is seeking applications from early stage for-profit and nonprofit ventures who are disrupting education and workforce development across the country. Applications for the Fall 2017 Accelerator open July 10th.

5:00 pm ET on Friday, August 25

AUG 31: VV GROW Fellowship

Virtual Voices

The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact. Through global and regional online and in-person interventions, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value paired with action-oriented plans. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and their communities to create jobs, stimulate long-term economic growth and produce wider social benefits.

The program would not be possible without the support of our donor partners, the Global Founding Partner of the VV GROW Fellowship, the ExxonMobil Foundation and Platinum Sponsor of the VV GROW Fellowship, FedEx.

The one-year program includes:

1.) Global Virtual Learning: Over 4 months, fellows complete a series of weekly webinars, assignments, online courses, assessments, and one-on-one calls with peers, Vital Voices staff, and trainers. Fellows begin to build their knowledge about marketing, networking, business planning, financial management and leadership, the core topics of the program. Fellows assess the current state of their business and leadership in order to determine where they are; analyze their business to identify opportunities for growth; and define specific business growth goals to identify where they want to go.

2.) Regional In-Person Training: Each year, fellows from each region gather in one country in their region to participate in a four-day, in-person training workshop that will guide them in creating an action plan outlining how they will accomplish their business growth goals. Fellows also get the opportunity to meet, network with, and learn from other fellows from their region, Vital Voices staff and trainers.

3.) Growth Services and Support: Following the in-person training, fellows carry out their action plans, revise them, and evaluate their progress towards their growth goals. Throughout the last 6 months of the fellowship, Vital Voices staff connects fellows to individualized growth services and support based on the goals and action items in their action plan

August 31, 2017

SEP 1: Defending the Dream Fund

Hill-Snowdon Foundation

The Defending the Dream Fund is a one-year initiative for 2017 only. We have allocated $150,000 for Defending the Dream Fund and will make grants up to $10,000 each. We are accepting requests for funding during two time periods this year: from March 31st to May 1st and from July 31st to September 1st. We aim to review the requests and make grants within 5-7 weeks of each deadline. To apply for the Defending the Dream Fund please click on the link below. This is the only written application that you will have to submit. If your organization is selected for further consideration, we may schedule a brief phone call to ask additional questions.

You can download a set of the questions here for your convenience, so that you can preview them before you log onto complete the actual application. Please click on the button below to be taken to the application.

Finally, we realize that we will only be able to support a fraction of the requests that we are likely to receive, so we plan to work with other philanthropic colleagues to share the requests we received with them in hopes that they might be able to provide support. Please email any questions to Erin Morris at [email protected] Thank you for your work and your commitment to defending our shared dream of a fair, just, equitable and caring society.

May 1st and September 1st, 2017

SEP 4: Pitch for Good


Pitch for Good combines the best of on and offline fundraising, with a live pitch event helping you launch a crowdfunding campaign in style, and most importantly, with traction, thanks to the City of Parramatta matching pledges on the night! If you have an idea for a social enterprise that will do good, and need an extra funding boost to get the project off the ground, then apply for Pitch for Good!

The City of Parramatta wants to assist new social enterprises to establish in the Parramatta area. If you have an idea for a social enterprise that will do good in the City of Parramatta, and need an extra funding boost to get the project off the ground, then apply for Pitch for Good! Pitch for Good combines the best of on-and-offline fundraising, with a live pitch event helping you launch a crowdfunding campaign in style, and most importantly, with traction, thanks to the City of Parramatta matching pledges on the night!

Once selected you will be supported by the social enterprise fundraising experts at StartSomeGood to get you ready to both give a great pitch and to run a great crowdfunding campaign.


Finalists will be trained in crowdfunding and pitching by StartSomeGood and paired with a mentor who has crowdfunded before. This is about honing your story and outreach plans to maximise your success!


Pitch for Good will be the launch of your crowdfunding campaign and a huge fundraising opportunity in its own right. All ticket sales will be distributed to enterprises on the night, and the City of Parramatta will match the funds raised


Funds raised at Pitch for Good will be pledged towards your crowdfunding campaign on StartSomeGood, giving you incredible early momentum and a great chance to more than double your funds already raised, helping you reach your fundraising goals and make a bigger difference.

Applications must be received by midnight September 4

September 04, 2017

SEP 10: TED2018 Fellows


TED is looking for early-career, visionary thinkers from around the world to join the Fellows program at the upcoming TED2018 conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Do you have an original approach to your work that’s worth sharing with the world? Are you working to uplift and empower your local community through innovative science, art or entrepreneurship? Are you ready to take full advantage of the TED platform and the support of a dynamic global community of innovators? If yes, you should apply to be a TED Fellow.

TED Fellows are a multidisciplinary group of remarkable individuals who are chosen through an open and rigorous application process. For each TED conference, we select a class of 20 Fellows based on their exceptional achievement and an innovative approach to tackling the world’s toughest problems, as well as on their character, grit and collaborative spirit.

Apply by September 10 at

SEP 15: Open City Fellowship

Open City Foundations

Migration in Europe has preoccupied policymakers and administrations, and prompted enormous policy reform, yet refugees and migrants are themselves often excluded from this policy debate and formulation, particularly those in more recent refugee and migrant populations. The Open City Fellowship responds to this need by supporting the leadership of refugees and migrants in policy development that directly affect urban integration.

The Open City Fellowship in this first year, will offer five fellowships. Four fellowships will involve collaborations with partner cities: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, and Berlin. The fifth fellowship will be based in Brussels with a partner that specializes in refugee and migration policy within the European Union.

The aim is to improve integration through stronger participation of and consultation with refugee and migrant communities. Over time, our ambition is that Open City Fellows will become a cohort of experienced and recognized leaders who represent refugee and migrant communities, benefitting the individual fellows and the community more broadly.

The Open Society Foundations will pay Open City Fellows a stipend, will provide some funding for fellowship-related travel, and may cover other fellowship-related expenses during the course of the fellowship. The Open Society Foundations will additionally provide training and leadership development opportunities for the fellows. Fellowships will be 12 months, with the possibility of extending for an additional six months.

September 15, 2017

SEPT 24: Climate Action Challenge

What Design Can Do

The Climate Action Challenge is a global competition looking for designers and creative entrepreneurs to submit innovative solutions to combat the effects of climate change. GSEN member Social Enterprise Netherlands have been selected as the acceleration partner for the challenge. Apply by 24 September.

The What Design Can Do Climate Action Challenge is a global design competition that calls on the creative community to submit innovative ideas for helping people adapt to climate change. The challenge specifically focusses on the poorest and most vulnerable people, particularly in the Global South, who will suffer the brunt of climate change.

What Design Can Do (WDCD), the IKEA Foundation and Autodesk invite designers, creative thinkers and imaginative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines, to take part. The call for participation opened on 23 May at WDCD Live Amsterdam 2017 and will close on 24 September 2017 (extended from 21 August!).

We are looking for fresh and innovative solutions to help mankind adapt to climate change. The best designs are innovative, practical, scalable, affordable, and easily understood. The Climate Action Challenge is open to everyone, yet specifically aimed at designers and creative entrepreneurs. Both existing and completely new ideas and solutions may be entered.

You can participate in one of three Challenge tracks: student, creative professional or start-up. The top ideas in each track will be evaluated by an international jury and selected to join a special acceleration program in the last phase of the challenge.
All proposals should be entered via the WDCD Climate Action Challenge Platform. Our innovative briefing generator will help you decide how to tackle the many problems related to climate change. Use this online tool to discover the design strategy, the topic and the location that suits you best.

• You are concerned about the climate crisis and want to make a positive contribution to a possible solution
• You will be part of a global creative network and can benefit from its combined knowledge and creativity
• You have the chance of receiving exposure for your ideas through the communication channels of all the partners involved
• Last but not least: as a winner, you are eligible for a share of the €900.000 award package and to join our acceleration program!

SEP 30: IDEX Global Fellows Program



IDEX is developing the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world! IDEX Fellows undergo six months of leadership and business development training by working full-time for social enterprises across India.


We are searching all corners of the world for individuals who are committed and passionate about having a high-impact career and advancing the social impact space.

We are seeking young professionals (ages 21-35) who have a proven track record of leadership and are seeking to use their education and skills to address social and economic challenges for under-served populations.


IDEX Fellows come from a wide range of educational and professional backgrounds, as each individual fellowship position requires different specific skills. Ideal candidates will possess:

Bachelors or Masters degree
A minimum of 1 to 3 years of work experience
Proven track record of leadership responsibilities
A passion and desire to work in emerging markets and use social enterprise principles to solve global issues
An ability to quickly adapt and work in resource constrained environments
Desire to engage in an intense professional development experience while applying creative solutions to deepen impact

Monthly stipend
Pre-departure Virtual Training
Monthly capacity building workshops
An advising program that pairs fellows with local resident mentors
A one-week Orientation in Bangalore, India to begin the fellowship
Professional development and personal support from a dedicated
in-country program manager
Post-fellowship support and Alumni network opportunities

Apply Online at
Applications Open – July 25, 2017
Application Deadline – September 30, 2017
Early Bird Application Deadline – August 20, 2017
Fellowship Start Date – January 2, 2018
Fellowship End Date – June 22, 2018

IDEX is a tuition-based fellowship program, however through funding from generous sponsors IDEX is able to offer a limited number of partial scholarships to select candidates for use towards program tuition. However, early birds can avail preferred payment plans.

September 30, 2017

SEP 30: InnovationXchange

Frontier Innovators

An initiative of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s innovationXchange, and delivered by SecondMuse, Frontier Innovators is a search for innovative businesses in the Asia-Pacific that are delivering impact through their work that supports the Sustainable Development Goals.

To find great examples of these businesses we are running an open call for applications. Winning businesses will receive grant funding and tailored support, along with access to advisors, potential partners and investors.

All eligible applications will be evaluated by a panel of reviewers with varied backgrounds and relevant experience. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to join a video-conference interview with a number of reviewers. Up to 15 businesses will be selected to take part in the Frontier Innovators program.

Winning businesses will receive up to $100,000 AUD in grant funding. These businesses will also receive 3-6 months of support, which will be tailored to meet their needs, and delivered by experts in the relevant fields.

We encourage anyone that is generating revenue while delivering impact through their work that supports the Sustainable Development Goals to apply. While your business can be based anywhere, your work has to impact people in the Asia-Pacific.

We want this program to support a diverse group of businesses who are doing great work across the region, so your business’s gender balance, location and connection to community will all be considered.

September 30, 2017

OCT 16: MCN 2017 Sustainable Business Program

Mentor Capital Network

Mentor Capital Network's Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration supports the entrepreneurs behind mission driven, for-profit social enterprises, no matter where they are in the world. Over the years, we’ve supported over 950 ventures with over $6mm worth of intellectual “mentor” capital, giving entrepreneurial teams customized feedback on their business plans and access to a network of over 1,000 of the world’s best industry and regional experts who have given their time to support these startup teams. We seek to create and accelerate opportunities for these teams to make a serious, innovative, and scalable difference in the world.

Collaboration not Competition

Our program may look like a traditional business plan competition, and yes, there are prizes for top finalists, but most of our support goes towards *all* of the companies that are accepted into our program. We offer a collaboration of entrepreneurs, mentors, and investors, all working to support each other.

Entrepreneurs provide exciting new ideas and receive feedback and a chance to build deep mentoring relationships.
Mentors provide “mentor capital” in the form of feedback and mentoring, and receive the knowledge of what their peers are thinking from different perspectives, as well as a chance to work with entrepreneurs who truly appreciate them.

Investors provide the financial companies, and they get to learn which companies are a good fit for them both quickly and deeply through the perspectives of the mentor team supporting the entrepreneurs.
The MCN team provides the coordination.

Our 2017-2018 Program timeline is below. This timeline is subject to change, but all companies applying from this point forward will be considered for our next round.

Before applying to the Mentor Capital Network’s Sustainable Business Plan Collaboration, please be sure you fulfill the following requirements:

1) You are a for-profit start-up or growing company that has a social, environmental, and/or cultural mission that strengthens your company’s financial margin.
2) You are open to receiving feedback from reviewers, including industry and regional experts, investors, lawyers, and accountants from around the globe.
3) You are interested in building a relationship with a mentor, and not just having a one-time conversation.
4) You are able to submit your documents in English, Spanish, or French. Our team’s primary language is English, so if you are working in Spanish or French, please have at least one English-speaker we can communicate with.

NOV 1: SVN’s Innovation Entrepreneurs Program

Social Venture Network

SVN's Innovation Entrepreneurs Program identifies and supports diverse, innovative, and high-impact business leaders.

SVN’s Innovation Entrepreneurs Program focuses on identifying women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurs of color who are leveraging business for the greater good.

Innovation Entrepreneurs are welcomed into the SVN community, a network of influential, mission-driven leaders who support one another professionally and personally. As Innovation Entrepreneurs, emerging leaders gain access to people, resources, and ideas to help scale their organizations and deepen their impact.

Meet SVN's 2015-2016 Innovation Entrepreneurs.

"SVN is the only community where I've found so many like-minded people, who have both the experience in building a viable business and who are committed to achieving social impact. That's what is unique about SVN—there are people who understand what you're trying to do and are genuinely interested in helping you." —Frederick Hutson, CEO and Founder, Pigeonly

SVN's Innovation Entrepreneurs Program is part of The Bridge Initiative, SVN's long-term commitment to raising the profile of diverse entrepreneurs and bringing new insights to the mission-driven business movement.

Prospective Innovation Entrepreneurs must lead organizations with annual revenues between $500K-$2 Million; organizations that have been fully operational for one year, but less than seven; and must complete the application below to be considered for the program. Applications will be reviewed beginning September 1, 2017 and approved on a rolling basis after that time. Limited spaces are available. Applications are due by November 1, 2017.

Accepted applicants must commit to attending Business for the Greatest Good: SVN's 30th Anniversary Conference & Gala to participate in the Innovation Entrepreneurs program. This program is designed to welcome new members into the network. Current and former SVN members are not eligible to apply. A maximum of two senior leaders from an organization may apply. For questions, please contact Isaac Graves at [email protected]

November 1, 2017

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