StartingBloc exists to convene, grow, and nurture the leaders that our future needs. Over the past 12 years, StartingBloc has built a community of 2,500 leaders of change across the globe working at places like the UN, the White House, the Peace Corps, Ashoka, Acumen, and also Google, Facebook, LinkedIN and AirBNB.
StartingBloc kicks off with a 5-day Institute for Leadership & Social Innovation, held 4 times a year in LA, NY, DC, and New Orleans for cohorts of 100 leaders. This program is primarily a fellowship of like-minded people working toward common goals. Participation in the Institute requires a tuition payment of $1,000 to cover programming costs and most meals; participants must provide for their own travel and accommodations. A limited number of partial and full scholarships is available for accepted candidates on the basis of merit and financial need. In return, fellows receive access to a global network of social innovators, as well as certain benefits arranged specifically for fellows. These include educational, professional, and social events at fellows-only events around the world, application fee waivers for certain scholarship and graduate school programs, connections to pro-bono legal and financial services for social enterprises, and mentorship with professional experts in a fellow’s field.
There is no age or citizenship restriction for the fellowship, although most accepted fellows are undergraduate students or recent college graduates with less than five years of work experience. The main criteria for selection are passion for social innovation, the ability to lead and work in teams, clarity of purpose, and the suitability of the Institute’s training at the point of application.
Note: StartingBloc offers several Institutes each year, and the February 6 deadline is for the program to be held in Los Angeles in early March. Applications to remaining Institutes have later deadlines. Application requires a non-refundable $35 fee.