Quincy Wiele in Kathmandu, Nepal
Echoing Green today announced the 2015 class of 52 emerging social entrepreneurs who will receive coveted Fellowships to help launch their social good enterprises and Local Interventions Group founder Pranav Budhathoki has won the prestigious Global Fellowship.
Pranav will receive seed funding, mentoring and leadership development opportunities to support his innovative solutions to global problems. Of 3,629 applicants, 52—just over one percent—were selected.
The 2015 class includes Fellows like Collette Flanagan, a recipient of Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship, who founded Mothers Against Police Brutality to challenge police use of excessive and deadly force; Echoing Green Global Fellow Samuel Pressler, founder of the Armed Services Arts Partnership, which provides a therapeutic outlet for war veterans and service members through expressive arts programs; Jehiel Oliver, Echoing Green Global Fellow and founder of Hello Tractor, the “Uber for Tractors” which makes tractor usage affordable to marginalized farmers in subSaharan Africa; and Stephanie Speirs and Stephen Moilanen, Echoing Green Climate Fellows whose Solstice Initiative aims to make renewable energy available to all Americans, including low-income renters who are currently locked out of the solar market.
The Group is proud to be among the cohort of such distinguished fellows from all over the world.
ABOUT ECHOING GREEN – Echoing Green has invested almost $40 million in seed-stage funding and strategic assistance to nearly 700 world-class leaders driving positive social change in more than sixty countries. Echoing Green also supports the Fellow community long after their initial funding period through ongoing programs and opportunities at critical points in their careers. Fellows receive up to $90,000 in funding for two years, participate in leadership development events, receive mentorship from leading business professionals and, most importantly, become part of a global network of leaders. Founded in 1987, Echoing Green’s past Fellows have included the founders of Teach For America, City Year, Citizen Schools, One Acre Fund and SKS Microfinance.