The one-year DO School fellowship program provides twenty young social entrepreneurs from all over the world the opportunity to get the skills necessary to kickstart their own business ventures, learn from experts in the field and bring their ideas to life. Throughout the DO School program, fellows develop their individual business plans and learn hands-on what it takes to be an entrepreneur.
The one-year fellowship program kicks off with an intensive ten-week learning experience on campus (Berlin or New York City) where Fellows are faced with a concrete innovation challenge set by a major organization. There, they learn how to apply the DO School Method to conceive, plan, test and implement a solution. Once back home, Fellows spend the following ten months turning their ideas to success through the implementation phase with the support of the DO School team and network of mentors.
Applications are currently open for the Connection Challenge and the Education Challenge Africa.
The Connection Challenge
Messe Berlin, one of the world’s leading trade exhibition companies, is sponsoring the Connection Challenge in partnership with the DO School. The challenge invites young social entrepreneurs from around the world to develop the information architecture of the future.
Every year, Messe Berlin connects around 2 million individuals from around the globe with tremendous expertise and know-how in their fields. Not only does the company organize leading international trade shows such as ITB Berlin/Asia, but also offers a rich international programme of events reaching from food to travel, logistics, healthcare IT to consumer electronics. Bringing together people from all over the world, the company enables and conducts an international exchange of information and business.
The Challenge is to create an information architecture for gathering and preserving the collective knowledge present at its trade exhibitions in order to share it with the world. The task is to capture, preserve and publish the expertise of the exhibitors present in new and exciting formats, by using new technologies or forms of storytelling.
Successful candidates for this challenge are emerging entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs aged 21 – 31 years old from around the world. They may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of storytelling technique such as writers, bloggers, videographers, journalists but also business analysts, educators, information architects, web and information designers.
Click here to learn more about the Connection Challenge, applications are open until 09 October 2015.
Education Challenge Africa
The Education Challenge invites young social entrepreneurs to learn hand on what it takes to help roll out an education program across Africa. Experimento is an international educational program offered by Siemens Stiftung that provides teachers and educators with a practical and curriculum-oriented selection of topics in the areas of energy, health, and the environment.
This three week Innovation and Entrepreneurship course in Berlin challenges participants to develop a concept for locally led organizations that can improve an existing education program for children and young people from South Africa to Nigeria, Kenya and beyond. While working on this concrete challenge through the help of the DO School Method, entrepreneurs will learn crucial skills and exchange with renowned education experts.
Ideal candidates for this program are young people (aged 25 to 35) with a strong connection to Sub-Saharan Africa and who are active in education, community outreach, governmental organisations, activism or with a pedagogical background. Since the DO School program is conducted in English it is required that applicants apply in English and to have a good working knowledge of the language.
Click here to learn more about Education Challenge Africa. The program takes place November 16th to December 4th, 2015 and applications are open until 11 September 2015.