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04/02/21 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Fellowships to USA and Canada entrepreneurs to develop ideas for an innovative, high-impact environmental or social venture. The purpose of the fellowship is to build character and resilience in participants and to provide them with technical assistance from dedicated professional mentors.
Each Fellowship begins with a 20-day team expedition in the Idaho wilderness. The expedition challenges each Fellow physically and emotionally and connects them to the natural world on a very personal level. Fellows are able to unplug, incubate ideas, and envision the true scope of their work and lives while building lifelong bonds with peers and mentors tackling similar challenges. After a year of monthly video calls and mentoring, Fellows return to Idaho to reconnect and float the Salmon River. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, Fellows are welcomed into an active group of alumni and supporters.
The 2021 Wild Gift Fellowship is a 15 week experience composed of four parts. Participation in all four parts is a mandatory requirement of accepting the Fellowship, including:
In addition to offering leadership opportunities, the three-week trek also serves as an uninterrupted space to work on your venture. Structured workshops and unstructured conversations with your guide, facilitator and class of Fellows follow full days outdoors and end by a fire or in a tent or yurt. The trek aims to create an enduring community and connection to place that together helps sustain you and your social venture.
GrantWatch ID#: 163352
Fellows receive a:
- Guided three-week deep wilderness trek in the Idaho backcountry
- Mid-Fellowship retreat self-organized by your fellow Fellows with support from Wild Gift
- Retreat and celebration in Sun Valley together with Wild Gift’s Board of Directors at the close of your Fellowship
- Two $500 allowances for airfare to Idaho
- Access to entrepreneurship mentor(s) who can work with you throughout the course of your Fellowship
- Opportunity to participate in Wild Gift alumni retreats and trips
- Lifetime membership in the vibrant Wild Gift Network that includes alumni, mentors, and supporters.
The fellowship program is for 12 months.
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