Applications Invited: Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship at Chicago

Deadline: June 6, 2013

Do you have a for-profit or not-for-profit venture that is innovative and addresses a compelling social need? You are invited to apply for the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship @ Chicago Ideas Week from October 13 – 17, 2013.

The fellowship recognizes a group of young socially-conscious leaders who have developed sustainable ventures addressing social needs, and provides them with exposure to nationally recognized business and community leaders, funding to support their cause, and a platform for growth. The Fellowship was created to help advance the next generation of social innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents.


  • The BHSI Fellows will hosted in Chicago for the Chicago Ideas Week, in October 2013, where they’ll join a group of like-minded young innovators for a week of one-of-a-kind experiences
  • All expenses are paid.
  • Fellows gain exposure for their organization and establish a community of support
  • Fellows will receive a $10,000 financial support for their venture.

Other benefits

Fellows will;

  • Have the opportunity to present their ventures at Chicago Ideas Week alongside leading innovators, entrepreneurs, and thinkers, in front of an exclusive audience.
  • Participate in hands-on working sessions with top not-for-profit leaders.
  • Have One-on-one meetings with potential funders, partners, and mentors relevant to their ventures.
  • Get Access to Chicago Ideas Week speakers.
  • Enjoy A night rocking out a private concert with a superstar headliner. Headliners have included Third Eye Blind and Weezer!
  • And much more!


  • All applicants must be 35 years of age or younger (born on or after October 13, 1978).
  • Applicants may be from anywhere in the world.
  • Ventures may be for-profit or not-for-profit entities.
  • All ventures must demonstrate that they are innovative and addressing compelling social need(s).
  • All ventures must demonstrate a sustainable model with proven results.

Chicago Ideas Week takes place from October 14-20, 2013. The fellowship takes place from October 13-17. In order to be considered, all applicants must be available from October 13-17.*

For questions on the BHSI Fellowship, you cancontact Jessica Malkin at [email protected]

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