Chicago Ideas Week Accepting Applications for Bluhm/Helfand Social
Innovation Fellowship That Recognizes Social Entrepreneurs
Chicago Ideas Week (CIW), the annual weeklong event that brings together innovative thinkers and leaders to collaborate and inspire, announced that applications are being accepted for the fourth annual Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation (BHSI) Fellowship.
Created by philanthropists and entrepreneurs Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand, the BHSI Fellowship recognizes social entrepreneurs, 35 years and younger, whose nonprofit and for-profit ventures tackle major social problems through innovative means. BHSI Fellows each receive $10,000 in financial support toward their work, as well as exposure and connections to top business and community leaders. All Fellows will participate in Chicago Ideas Week, Oct. 13–19, 2014.
“Thanks to generous support from Leslie and David, this fellowship gives these incredible leaders financial support, access to influential business leaders and a unique platform to grow and spread their ideas,” CIW Executive Director Jessica Malkin said.
Past Fellows have been featured in Forbes’ 30 under 30, honored by the Clinton Global Initiative and featured as CNN Heroes, among other accomplishments. As Fellows, they have met with influencers ranging from former Mayor Richard M. Daley to Groupon co-Founder and Executive Chairman Eric Lefkofksy.
“The BHSI Fellowship provides recipients a unique set of personalized experiences that gives these highly motivated entrepreneurs the opportunity to join an amazing community and take advantage of the resources they need to further their own ventures,” Bluhm said.
About the Fellowship:
Each BHSI Fellow will have an opportunity to:
• Speak at Chicago Ideas Week. Fellows present at CIW, which draws more than 25,000 attendees and hosts leading innovators, entrepreneurs and intellectuals.
• Engage with big thinkers. Fellows will have several small group meetings with prominent business and political leaders.
• Conduct one-on-one strategic meetings. Bluhm and Helfand work closely with each Fellow to develop a customized itinerary of meetings with potential funders, partners and mentors.
• Connect with Chicago Ideas Week speakers. Fellows have unlimited access to them.
• Social entrepreneurs 35 years and younger from anywhere in the world can apply for the fellowship online at www.chicagoideas.com/bhsi .
• People of all ages can submit their nominations for potential fellows here:
About Chicago Ideas Week
CIW is a premier annual gathering of global thought leaders created to drive ideas into actionable results. It is the platform for ideas, created for innovators, thinkers, doers and interested citizens from across Chicago, the greater Midwest and the world. Its goal is to stimulate new initiatives and ventures, create new connections and collaborations and establish a community of people who have the desire to achieve great things. For more information, please visit www.chicagoideas.com .
About Leslie Bluhm & David Helfand
Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand have spent many years committed to making a positive impact through philanthropy in the Midwest, as well as nationally. Leslie is the co-founder of Chicago Cares, the largest volunteer service organization in the Midwest today. Leslie’s ambition in creating the Bluhm/Helfand Social Innovation Fellowship is to help grow and guide the next generation of socially minded entrepreneurs. David is the Founder, President & CEO of Helix Funds. He is also the co-president of Equity Group Investments, a Chicago-based private investment firm. David serves on the boards of the Children’s Memorial Hospital, National Louis University and on the Executive Committee for the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. He is also a Member of the Board of Visitors of the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. His philanthropic focus is the advancement of education and entrepreneurship.