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 27: The Climathon Challenge

Climathon is a global 24-hour climate change hackathon which will take place simultaneously in major cities around the world on 27 October 2017.

It brings together the challenges of the world’s cities with the people who have the passion and ability to solve them. Climathon attracts innovators, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to create innovative solutions to cities climate challenges.

In cities with a 24 hour Climathon event, a Young Climathon can be set up for undergraduate students with a related challenge but with shorter time frame.

Now its third year of operation, the Climathon movement has grown tremendously over the past two years, encouraging more innovators across the globe to drive climate action.

Climathon has grown from 19 to 59 cities in the space of a year, operating across 6 continents, creating over 2330 ideas and reaching 16.8 million people worldwide in 2016.

Learn more here:

OCT 31: Media Innovation Program

Media Development Investment Fund

Media Innovation Program to cultivate independent media in South Africa. Free and independent media was limited under South Africa’s decades-long apartheid regime and is an increasing concern under the government of embattled President Jacob Zuma. The South African Media Innovation Program will provide funding and business support for new and existing digital media outlets that are building sustainable revenue models. The three-year, $4 million partnership brings together Open Society Foundation of South Africa, Omidyar Network and the Media Development Investment Fund. “The space to report clearly and credibly outside the framework of vested political and commercial interests has narrowed sharply in recent years,” says Open Society’s Fatima Hassan. An innovation challenge will identify viable news and information products for local and underserved communities. Applications are due October 31.

October 31, 2017

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

November 1, 2017

NOV 6: Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows Program

Pepperdine School of Public Policy

The Pepperdine Cross Sector Leadership Fellows program is the signature leadership education initiative designed for mid- and late-career professionals working across the nation in Business, Nonprofits, Philanthropy, Academia, and Government. Fellows bring a diversity of expertise and experiences; a desire to learn and contribute, and a passion for solving complex problems by applying learning to projects in their communities, throughout the nation, and across the world. The program aims to help Fellows build their practice of leadership in a number of ways, including:

  • Four, 3-day, in-person learning experiences in Los Angeles/Malibu, Washington, DC, and New York City;
  • Engaging in continued learning, reading, and networking throughout the Fellowship;
  • Coaching calls, with a certified coach, focused on their personal growth, success in the Fellows program, and success in their cross sector work;
  • A unique and growing cross sector problem-solving network of Fellows, alumni, faculty, and guest speakers.

The program remains a year-long multi-city experience, bringing together a curated cohort of senior executives from business, nonprofits, government, philanthropy, and academia for experiences that will forever alter their problem-solving mindset. Apply for the program before the Transition Deadline on Monday, November 6. For more information, please visit our website.

In order to be considered for the 2018 Pepperdine Cross Sector Fellows program, candidates must submit a completed application packet that includes the following:

  • Online application form, includes uploading your resume and describing a cross sector project you propose to work on during the Fellowship
  • Online recommendation form by someone who knows you and your work well (one recommendation is required, and up to two recommendations will be accepted).

Follow the link below to learn more and to apply.

November 6. 2017

NOV 6: Mentor Capital Network Entrepreneurs Program

Mentor Capital Network (MCN)

The Mentor Capital Network - What We Offer

Mentoring relationships where you and the mentor choose each other. We curate teams of experts to provide feedback on your business plan from their experienced & diverse perspectives. Our goal is to connect the entrepreneurs to the right mentors to build powerful & mutually beneficial relationships. In the past 10 years we have engaged more than 1,000 mentors who have donated more than $6mm worth of their time. Result: more than 600 for-profit enterprises have launched or strengthened, creating thousands of jobs and impacting millions of people.

We don't take you away from running your company. Our programs are light-touch, and we use as little of your time as we can to add as much value as possible. If you are looking for a more intensive program, we have some suggestions.
A network of founders and peers solving similar problems. Our mentors and entrepreneurs are working on the world's hardest problems. We create a platform for you to engage with them, founder-to-founder, to learn from and strengthen each other's efforts.

Prizes and investor connections for our top companies. We have cash and professional service prizes worth more than $20,000, as well as opportunities to participate in our Investor Fishbowl and Green Grab events where we put companies in front of accredited investors.

November 6. 2017

NOV 19: GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme

GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme

The GrowthAfrica Acceleration Programme is demanding, but so is success! The programme and our support is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership.

The aim of the 6 months’ programme is to accelerate and unlock significant growth in your business. Download the APPLICATION PACKAGE and FAQS here if you wish to prepare off-line. Application deadline: November 19th, 2017 – at midnight

The programme consists of a 5-days’ boot camp and then subsequently six 3-days workshops where we establish the foundation and equip you with tools to diagnose your business and devise strategies to optimize your business in all conceivable areas.

After each workshop you will work in-company with the assistance of your mentor, growth catalyst, financial modeller and sages to implement your new strategies and innovations – boosting your growth trajectory in significant ways.

Workshops are Wednesday-Friday every four weeks, providing you with time to apply what you learned, plan and prepare for the next workshop, and keep your focus running and developing your business.

November 19. 2017

DEC 1: frank Research Prize in Public Interest Communications

Public Interest Communications is an interdisciplinary area of study and practice that brings together diverse research to advance social change. From psychological insights on how people form beliefs and make decisions to the science of effective messaging and storytelling, Public Interest Communications calls for the use of scientific insights to design communication strategy and solve our world's biggest challenges.

Scholars dedicate their lives to solving problems and many of the issues we face today have potential solutions found in academic research. Unfortunately, too many of their insights never leave the pages of academic journals or conference halls.

Through frank and our annual gathering, we're building a community of strategists, communicators, leaders, activists, journalists and scholars who share, collaborate and apply the best of what they know to the world's largest social challenges.

Submit your published research to the $10k research prize. Every year we award one $10,000 prize and two $1,500 prizes for published, peer-reviewed research that informs and drives better practice in the field of public interest communications.

Past winners include:
2017: Lisa Fazio, assistant professor of psychology and human development at Vanderbilt University, for her work on how memory is linked to misinformation.
2016: Troy Campbell, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon, for his work on using the beliefs of your audience to craft better and persuasive messages for social change solutions.
2015: Sara Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard University, for her work on the use of visuals in driving healthy behavior change.
2014: Jina Yoo, professor of communication at the University of Missouri, for her work on how emotions can drive positive behavior change.

All three finalists will speak at our 2018 frank gathering in Gainesville, Florida, Feb. 6-9, 2018.

Learn more about the prize and submit your work (or share this with your favorite scholar). We are accepting submissions until 5 p.m. EST,  Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.

For more questions, please email Annie Neimand, research director.

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