Fund 17 Fellows are trained university students who help turn your hustle into a livelihood.

Laurel Fellow James Entrepreneur Fund 17

You’ve got a great product or service, some customers and the drive to make your passion a sustainable business. But dealing with city hall, figuring out how to grow, what prices to charge, how to expand your social media presence and other business necessities are giving you a headache. Going it alone makes it even more challenging. This is where a Fund 17 Fellow can help! Fellows are passionate, committed university students who provide weekly, one-on-one support to local entrepreneurs over the course of an academic semester (about three months).

What is required to work with a Fund 17 Fellow?

  • Step one: goal-setting. Once you are paired with a fellow, Fund 17 will help you set goals for the relationship. These often include legal registrations, opening a business bank account, establishing an online presence, writing a business plan or implementing a new marketing strategy. These goals are established through a collaborative process between the entrepreneur, fellow and Fund 17 staff.
  • Commitment! Entrepreneurs agree to weekly meetings and collaborating with their fellow to meet pre-set goals together. Fellows aren’t interns for the business; they are short-term business partners who help you navigate resources and build a solid foundation for your business to succeed in the long-term. In between meetings, the entrepreneur and the fellow will work independently to progress on goals.
  • Attendance at three cohort events. Entrepreneurs will attend three casual workshops and networking events throughout the three-month program period. These events allow entrepreneurs in the program to meet each other, make connections, learn together and celebrate their successes!

I want to work with a Fund 17 Fellow. What do I do?

The Fellowship Program has two cycles a year: Fall (September-December) and Spring (February-May). Applications for our fall cycle are closed. Please check back in later when applications for the spring open in January.

Meet our Fellows!

We have five Fellows for the 2017-2018 cycle. From left to right: Rashad Butler-Wilkerson, Hannah Chaet, Kayla Bell, Daniel Petterway, Mya Jacobs.

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I’m a university student and interested in being a Fund 17 Fellow. 

Applications for the 2018-2019 Fellowship Program will open spring of 2018. Check back later for more information.

The 2017-2018 Fellowship Program is proudly sponsored by Capital One.