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FINNOVATION Fellowship Program for Impact Driven Entrepreneurs (US)

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Application Deadline: 05/15/2022
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The FINNOVATION Fellowship supports impact-driven entrepreneurs as they lead and launch sustainable and innovative businesses. Applications for the fifth cohort are now open.

The FINNOVATION Fellowship program helps build leadership and entrepreneurial skills in early-stage social entrepreneurs. Supported by the Bush Foundation, its goal is to inspire, equip, and connect social business leaders in Minnesota and beyond through an immersive nine-month program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be authorized to work in the United States
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Either currently live in or be willing to move to the Twin Cities Metro Area in Minnesota, and have an idea that will impact individuals or a community in MN
  • Be dedicated to solving a social or environmental issue through entrepreneurship
  • Not be a Bush Fellow during the FINN Fellowship program term
  • Not be related to any members of the Bush Foundation’s staff or board of directors
  • You or your spouse cannot be a government official during the program term
  • Be able to participate in the program 35 hrs/week from September – June and work out of the FINNOVATION Lab space in Minneapolis, MN
  • If your social enterprise is already operating, you are not eligible to apply if:
    • you or someone else has been paid to work on it full-time for over one year
    • you are not the primary decision-maker
    • you do not own all the IP, trademarks, or copyrights related to the business should they exist.


  • Curriculum designed to help develop leadership skills in a successful social enterprise
  • Access to an entrepreneurial community of advisors and mentors with relevant expertise, advice, and feedback
  • Dedicated space at FINN Lab to support the growth (and fun!) that comes from coworking alongside their cohort and other professionals
  • Up to $53k covered in living and health expenses

Official Website: FINNOVATION Fellowship Program for Impact Driven Entrepreneurs (US)

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