The Ripple Center
The Ripple Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to mold social impact entrepreneurs through experiential education in order to disrupt existing systems and create a better world for people and the planet. The Ripple Center Fellowship, a scholarship-based immersive social entrepreneurship program for young adults, ages 18 – 24. Fellows will have domestic travel experiences, engage in a weekly online curriculum facilitated by a variety of experts and changemakers, be paired with a mentor (an individual successful in their career and knowledgeable about specific subject areas as it pertains to social impact entrepreneurship), construct a business plan that supports people and planet participate in a formal incentivized business pitch to The Ripple Center community at large. The program is designed so Fellows are positioned to learn from peers and successful leaders about the historical, societal and environmental factors that shape today's economy.
According to a Nielsen study, about 54% of Generation Z indicated they wanted to start their own company. Google’s ‘It’s Lit’ publication claims that “Gen Z is the most informed, evolved, and empathetic generation of its kind.” Translated: approximately 40 million Gen Zers plan on starting a social impact business, but guidance, customers, and capital are unavailable to them. The Ripple Center Fellowship, for 18-24 year olds, provides curriculum, industry leaders, mentors and potential investors for Gen Zers to launch a social impact enterprise. This program will be free to Fellows through funding from individuals, family foundations, grantmakers and corporate partners. This removes economic barriers for young individuals who have a passion and purpose for creating a social impact organization regardless of the zip code they were born into. Fellows will have access to a lifelong community of impact entrepreneurs.
According to Idealist.org, “Fellowships are exceptional because they expose you to invaluable professional networks, engage you in challenging, varied and interesting work and fund work and travel.” The Ripple Center’s Fellowship aims to be the most effective program for young adults who are striving to take an idea and create a product, service, or organization that can ultimately impact the world for good. It is a community where individuals are positioned to learn from peers and successful leaders about the historical, societal and environmental factors that shape today's economy.