FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 8, 2017
MORTAR | Founding Partner
Two Cincinnatians join Echoing Green’s 2017 Fellowship Announcement
MORTAR co-founders Allen Woods and Derrick Braziel join group of 36 transformational leaders bringing innovations to the social good sector
New York, New York – June 8, 2017
Today, Echoing Green announced the winners of its highly competitive annual Fellowship awards. Echoing Green is a global organization that spots social entrepreneurs with the greatest potential and invests deeply in their success. The organization accelerates tomorrow’s transformational leaders today.
Every year, Echoing Green provides funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows. The organization embraces “smart risks” by providing seed funding of up to $90,000 for two years to support the continued growth of leaders and organizations with tremendous potential. These individuals are also welcomed into a lifelong global network of philanthropists, investors, and entrepreneurs who help one another experiment with bold, new ideas. Past Echoing Green Fellows include the founders of Teach for America, City Year, Code 2040, Citizen Schools, Public Allies, and SKS Microfinance.
“Selection as an Echoing Green fellow means the world to me and Derrick,” says MORTAR Creative Director and Founding Partner Allen Woods. “This fellowship opportunity will allow us to not only grow and develop as leaders, but also leverage resources to better support the entrepreneurs and communities we serve in Cincinnati. Being a part of this valued community will give us the tools and connections to explore our long-term sustainability model as well as what a MORTAR expansion could look like.”
Echoing Green is among the most selective fellowships for social entrepreneurs. This year, Echoing Green reviewed 2,879 applications from 164 countries.
“For the past 30 years Echoing Green has identified leaders with bold ideas that are important to the progress of the world,” says Echoing Green President Cheryl L. Dorsey. “In this year — Echoing Green’s 30th anniversary — we’re especially proud to continue to grow our community and welcome such a diverse group of innovators to our best-in-class network. We look forward to advancing their leadership journey.”
MORTAR, a 501(c)3 organization, is part business accelerator, part pop-up shop (Brick), which aims to help entrepreneurs in (re)developing areas. The nine-week entrepreneurship training program is an immersive course geared towards training under-resourced entrepreneurs who reside in redeveloping communities within greater Cincinnati and our pop-up shops provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to test their ideas in real time. Our mission is to remove barriers to success, by giving non-traditional entrepreneurs the opportunity to use their inherent talents to not just make a dollar, but to positively participate in the rise of Cincinnati.
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