Echoing Green, a global social venture fund based in New York City, has announced the 2015 recipients of its global, black male achievement, and climate fellowships.
Chosen from a pool of 3,629 applicants, fifty-two emerging social entrepreneurs — just over 1 percent — will receive seed funding, mentoring, and leadership development opportunities in support of their innovative solutions to global problems. They include Collette Flanagan, a recipient of Echoing Green's Black Male Achievement Fellowship and the founder of Mothers Against Police Brutality, which works to challenge police use of excessive and deadly force; Echoing Green Global Fellow Samuel Pressler, founder of the Armed Services Arts Partnership, which offers arts therapy programs to war veterans and service members; Jehiel Oliver, Echoing Green Global Fellow and the founder of Hello Tractor, an "Uber for Tractors" that makes tractor use affordable for marginalized farmers in sub-Saharan Africa; and Stephanie Speirs and Stephen Moilanen, Echoing Green Climate Fellows, whose Solstice Initiative aims to make renewable energy available to all Americans, including low-income renters who are currently locked out of the solar market.
In addition to receiving up to $90,000 over two years, Echoing Green Fellows participate in leadership development events, receive mentorship from leading business professionals, and, most importantly, become part of a global network of leaders.
"Echoing Green fellowships are designed to help these emerging leaders go further, faster, to change the world. We’re proud to be investing in tomorrow's leaders," said Echoing Green president Cheryl Dorsey. "Many of the fellows chosen are leading projects in the earliest stages, when it is hardest to find the necessary resources to get off the ground."