Echoing Green Announces The Next Generation Of Social Entrepreneurs
Friday, June 27, 2014
NEW YORK, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today Echoing Green announced its 2014 class of Fellows including Global, Black Male Achievement and Climate Fellows. From JustLeadershipUSA’s ambitious proposal to reduce crime and cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2030 to ATLAS: DIY’s focus on incubation spaces providing free legal resources as well as career, college prep and arts enrichment for undocumented immigrant youth, this year’s class represents the next generation of social entrepreneurs. These individuals are poised to become household names by inventing new solutions to address the world’s biggest problems. A collective total of $3.8 million in seed funding will be granted, representing the largest-ever class of Echoing Green Fellows.
The 2014 Fellows will receive comprehensive support as they launch organizations around the world, including seed funding, health insurance, skill-building and organizational training, leadership development gatherings, mentorship, opportunities to learn from a global community of social innovators, and more. The 55 Fellows who are leading 42 organizations were selected from an original pool of 2,875 applications—representing a selection rate of less than two percent. The Fellowship selection process involves more than 400 expert evaluators over the course of six months.
“Over time Echoing Green has powerfully provided a pipeline of support to the next wave of innovators,” said Dr. Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green. “We focus on early stage investment because of the high social impact that can come from backing these visionaries from the start. From identifying future leaders to helping them nurture their ideas to preparing them for long-term success, Echoing Green is making change possible on a global scale.”