The Initiators Fellowship supports emerging social entrepreneurs in Greater Minnesota by awarding two-year fellowships to entrepreneurs seeking to address needs in their home region. Eligible ventures may be for-profit or non-profit.
The program, launched in 2016 in central Minnesota, has expanded to include the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and its service area covering 12 counties and two native nations, Red Lake and White Earth.
The 2022-2023 cohort has now been announced. Two of the 8 Fellows are from our Northwest Minnesota region. The eight Fellows selected for the 2022-2023 cohort represent 53 counties and six sovereign tribal nations in Central, Northwest, Southwest and West Central Minnesota. They will receive an annual $30,000 stipend during the two-year program, which also includes comprehensive programming, executive-level mentoring and leadership training, ongoing education, and support from dedicated staff members to advance their mission-driven business or nonprofit endeavors.