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). We are currently in the Spring 2017 cycle and will open up applications for Fall 2017 in August.

Meet our Fellows!

Learn more about our current cohort of fellows by clicking the image below. You can also learn more about previous fellow-entrepreneur relationships by reading our From the Fellows blog series.

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

Great! Fellows commit to an entire academic year of service and work with a different entrepreneur each semester. Applications for Fall 2017 will open in June. Training begins in late August and entrepreneur relationships begin in September. Check back this summer for more information.