Initiators Fellowship Program
The Initiators Fellowship recently selected seven Fellows for its 2020-2021 cohort in partnership with Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative!
We'll open applications in spring 2021 for our 2022-2023 cohort. Learn more by visiting Greaterminnesota.net/fellows or contact Chris Fastner, Initiators Fellowship program manager, at (320) 631-2019.
The Initiative Foundation would like to thank the many generous partners who aided in the development and funding of the Initiators Fellowship program. Special thanks to Granite Equity Partners, a mission-driven private investment and holding company combining long-term business growth with a dedication to community well-being, for working in concert with the Initiative Foundation to develop the Initiators Fellowship program and for providing initial and ongoing funding that supports the program. Support also comes from the Bush Foundation and Sourcewell.
Empowering Entrepreneurs to Make a Difference
The Initiators Fellowship is a two-year suite of supports—including training, mentoring and funding—for beginning or early stage social entrepreneurs in Central, Southwest and West Central Minnesota. These Greater Minnesota leaders are helping to build the economy and quality of life in their hometowns by developing purpose-driven for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that have a positive social or environmental impact.
In October 2019 we celebrated the selection of seven individuals from across the 41 counties served by the Initiative Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation and West Central Initiative who will make up our second cohort of Initiator Fellows. Their two-year Fellowship began January 2020.
Applications for the next cohort of the Fellowship will be accepted in spring 2021.
Learn more about the program and social entrepreneurship by visiting Greaterminnesota.net/fellows or by contacting Chris Fastner, Initiators Fellowship program manager, at or (320) 631-2019.
Learn more about the Initiators Fellowship on GreaterMinnesota.net/fellows.