Selected from more than two thousand applicants from a hundred and twenty countries, thirty-three fellows will receive seed funding of up to $90,000 as well as mentoring and leadership development opportunities in support of their innovative solutions to global challenges around economic development, racial and gender equity, food security, and the environment.
This year's fellows include Gerald Abila of Barefoot Law, which works to expand access to justice and law for underserved communities in Uganda; Matt Dickson, whose Eggpreneur Initiative aims to end the cycle of poverty in Kenya's rural communities by training women to produce, harvest, and bring to market quality fresh eggs; Kathryn Finney of digitalundivided, which provides black and Latina women entrepreneurs with a network, coaching, and funding to build and scale their businesses; and Zoe Wong of Cerplus, which aims to reduce methane gas emissions from food waste by creating a B2B marketplace that connects discounted surplus produce to businesses.
The 2016 fellows are split between founders of for-profit (43 percent) and nonprofit (39 percent) organizations, while another 14 percent have a hybrid model, and 4 percent have not yet decided which approach to take.
"As an institution that sees entrepreneurship as a means to disrupt narratives and create pathways for social change, Echoing Green is so inspired by the talent and vision held by each member of the 2016 class," said Echoing Green president Cheryl L. Dorsey. "Global warming, racism, pollution, food and water scarcity — these are just some of the world's most daunting problems. We believe in the tremendous power of these projects to bring about solutions."
For a complete list of fellows, see the Echoing Green website.