Each of the thirty-four nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurs will receive unrestricted seed funding of up to $90,000 over two years in support of their efforts to address social and environmental injustices, as well as training, programmatic support, and access to a global network of philanthropists, investors, and entrepreneurs.
Selected from nearly twenty-six hundred applicants spread across a hundred and sixty-one countries, this year's fellows include BOND, Inc. (Building Our Nation's Daughters) founder and Baltimore Rising director Ateira Griffin (Baltimore, Maryland), who is working to strengthen upward mobility and healthy relationships in single-mother households through a community hub that offers mentoring, resources, and free family programming; HBCU.vc founder and CEO Hadiyah Mujhid, whose remote-based program provides African-American and Latinx entrepreneurs with venture capital skills training, mentorship, and the opportunity to build professional relationships with seasoned investors and entrepreneurs; Photo Patch Foundation founder Antoine Patton (Fort Myers, Florida), who taught himself to code while in prison and created a mobile app that enables children to ship letters and pictures to parents in prison free of charge; and Pay Our Interns founder Carlos Mark Vera (Washington, D.C.), whose organization is helping to create pathways to public service for members of underrepresented communities by advocating for government funding for paid internships.
Fellows based outside the United States include microTERRA founder Marissa Cuevas (Guanajuato, Mexico), who is working to clean up waterways in her country by capturing excess nutrients in agricultural wastewater to produce organic fertilizer; Daniel Gathigai and Lewis Wanjohi (Nairobi, Kenya), co-founders of Tambua Health, which is developing a smartphone app that can improve the diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia and tuberculosis; and Khainza Energy founder Arthur Woniala (Kmpala, Uganda), whose organization is focused on reducing indoor air pollution by replacing wood burning cook stoves with affordable biogas in recyclable cylinders.
Since 1987, Echoing Green has provided more than $46 million in seed funding to eight hundred and thirty-two fellows, including former First Lady Michelle Obama, Teach For America founder Wendy Kopp, and Ella Baker Center for Human Rights founder Van Jones. According to the organization, 77 percent of its fellows still work in the social sector.
"After thirty years of supporting leaders around the globe, Echoing Green knows that the people closest to the problem are often closest to the solution," said Echoing Green president Cheryl L. Dorsey, herself a 1992 fellow. "That's why we are committed to supporting these impressive young leaders in realizing their visions for change. We are inspired by their passion for tackling problems in a fundamentally new way and by their ability to mobilize others to support their cause."
For a complete list of the 2019 Echoing Green fellows, see the Echoing Green site.