The Center for Civic Innovation has launched the Civic Innovation Fellowship, a leadership and business development program for social entrepreneurs in Atlanta! We look for individuals with innovative, outcome-driven ideas to tackle social challenges in Atlanta. This could be a recidivism program that keeps recently incarcerated youth from going back to jail or a program that improves mental and guidance counseling inside of a high school. The program consists of a cohort of eight fellows and provides them with business development workshops, free work space, mentorship, advising, and leadership development training for six months.

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+ Fellowship Benefits

We want to provide our Civic Innovation Fellows with as much support and love as possible. All Civic Innovation Fellows will walk away with the following:

  • Business development training and support focused on creating a sustainable and scalable social enterprise. Topics include storytelling, raising capital and financial planning, operations management, strategic planning and visioning, board development, event planning, marketing and communications, and more.

  • Leadership training that helps combine personal passion with professional strategy

  • Mentorship from experienced advisors across sectors and professions in Atlanta

  • Opportunity to build partnerships and relationships across Atlanta with decision makers in government, business, the nonprofit sector, and across various other sectors

  • A stronger public narrative about the work you do and why you do it

  • A support system of other leaders in Atlanta going through similar challenges and opportunities

  • Strategy for the financial sustainability of your enterprise and how you earn revenue and raise capital from philanthropy and/or investors

+ What We're Looking For

The candidate:

  • is committed to Atlanta (Atlanta-based and focused) and is a true ambassador for the city
  • is working on an idea that tackles a specific social challenge
  • is willing to learn and be challenged along the way with peers and mentors
  • has a passion for and expertise in the subject matter they are working on

The candidate's venture or idea:

  • is less than three years old and/or has less than $500,000 in revenue
  • is incorporated in the state of Georgia
  • has the potential for scale + sustainability
  • has the potential for measurable social impact and economic impact
  • has an opportunity for earned revenue
  • has a clear role or opportunity for community engagement

Note: The Center for Civic Innovation does not discriminate based on age, color, sexuality, gender expression, religion (creed), national origin, disability, veteran status or former incarceration status.

Additionally, at least 50% of our fellowships are reserved for women led or co-founded ideas.

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