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Ideas on Entrepreneurship and the Forefront
July 29, 2015 | Kit Ballum Cohen

From Finalist to Fellow

What does it take to become and Echoing Green Fellow? We look for individuals who have both a great idea and the leadership qualities to put that idea into action. Only 3 percent of our applicants make it the Finalist round, and the hard work doesn’t stop there. The road from Finalist to Fellow is full of challenges and opportunities – see what it takes to for these applicants to bring their whole selves to the rigorous final steps of the selection process:

May 13: Pitch Perfection 105 Finalists from forty-four countries convene in New York City to practice their pitches, connect with other entrepreneurs, and face a panel of expert judges who will scrutinize their dedication and their business plan. Pictured: Rohit Malhotra.

 

May 14: Going All In A selection of Finalists vying for the Echoing Green Global, Climate, and Black Male Achievement Fellowships find their positions and receive last-minute feedback on their presentations just hours before pitching to the crowd at the Big Bold Benefit.

 

May 14: Can I Get Your Card? Benefit sponsors and guests have the opportunity to mingle and meet the Finalists at the reception before the gala begins. With judges, investors, and competitors in the room, Finalists must be "on" at all times.

 

May 14: Show Time Sam Pressler and Sara Minkara present their bold ideas for positive social change to 400 guests, supporters, and members of the Echoing Green community before being grilled by Robert Herjavec, star of ABC's Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank.

 

July 12: New Fellows Relief The newly minted 2015 Echoing Green Fellows reconvene in New York, this time to spend a week focusing on building strong bonds with the other Fellows in their cohorts, and with the Echoing Green staff. These connections will support the Fellows long after their initial two-year funding period. Pictured: Sara Leedom and Lam Ho.

 

July 13: Been There Three Echoing Green Fellows who were in their seat once, Laurie Parise (2006), Gemma Bulos (2007), and Michael Carter (2011) talk to the newest cohort about remaining focused on organizational priorities, even when they might feel tugged in several directions. 

 

July 17: Global Community New Fellows Benje Williams and Jordyn Lexton return to their work across the globe as friends and collaborators. The next time many will see each other is at the All Fellows Conference in Johannesburg in November of this year.