Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship

Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship All expenses are paid. Fellows gain exposure for their organization, receive a $10,000 for their venture. All applicants must be 35yrs or younger

Applications for the 2019-2020 now open

About BHSI

The Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship at Chicago Ideas Week recognizes social entrepreneurs, 35 years or younger, whose nonprofit and for-profit ventures tackle significant social challenges through innovative business models. Now in its eighth year, the BHSI Fellowship is committed to empowering entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds by providing them with a platform for growth.

Each year, the outstanding entrepreneurs chosen as Fellows earn a spot on the Chicago Ideas Week stage, and – during the weeklong ideas festival – meet with a slate of nationally-recognized business and civic leaders, as well as fellow speakers, on a schedule tailored to their unique needs. In addition, Fellows are awarded $10,000 in non-discretionary financial support toward their work. They join a close-knit community of past Fellows who enjoy ongoing support and mentorship from the greater BHSI and Chicago Ideas communities.

Since its inception in 2011, the BHSI Fellowship – created by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand – has awarded more than $700,000 to the Fellows through contributions and in-kind services.

Chicago Ideas Week will be held October 15-21, 2018. For more information, contact Julia Dilday at julia (at)

Updated: December 29, 2018 — 1:02 am

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