The DemTech Fellowship Program

The Fellowship

Our DemTech fellowship is established against the backdrop that all technological innovations can embrace democracy as a design and business principle. The fellowship is a four-months virtual and in-person program that seeks to equip DemTech entrepreneurs from emerging democracies with the know-how of starting and scaling successful, democratically driven ventures.  The fellowship is driven by three key elements; collective learning, peer to peer mentoring, and building strong networks among entrepreneurs.

Applications

Our application cycle for the 2021 DemTech fellowship program is open and will close on January 15th, 2021.

Submit your application here.

The Fellowship Details

Six carefully curated DemTech entrepreneurs from Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova will go through two phases of the fellowship.

In the first phase, the fellows will attend bi-weekly collective lessons, where alongside traditional entrepreneurship classes, they will learn ways to integrate more democratic principles and process in their innovations and ventures. These lessons will be supplemented by bi-weekly mentor sessions, where the fellows will be matched with successful entrepreneurs from Denmark’s start-up ecosystem.

In phase two, the fellows will be invited to Copenhagen, starting at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit, to build strong networks with policy makers and the start-up ecosystem in Denmark. Here they will meet with their mentors, pitch to investors, and visit a few selected partner hubs and companies. Winning fellows will be awarded at the closing event. Follow up sessions will be conducted post-Copenhagen visit and an alumni network will be established to support the fellows beyond the fellowship.

Eligibility

  • Applicants should have started a scalable business based on an innovation that meets our DemTech criteria. See the FAQ section below.
  • Applicants should demonstrate proficiency in the English language.
  • Applicants should be able to submit a 1 minute elevator pitch about them or their venture.
  • Applicants should be available for entirety of the fellowship. See the FAQ section for exact dates.
  • Applicants should come from one of the target countries: Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova.
  • Applicants should demonstrate commitment to democratic values.

FAQ

We will update the FAQ section as we receive additional questions about the fellowship. If your question is not addressed here or in the materials above, please contact: [email protected]

What is DemTech?

Tech innovations that can strengthen or/and provide solutions to one of the six conceptions of democracy, namely, electoral, consensus, accountability, participatory, deliberative and egalitarian.

Electoral

Innovations that enhance contestation, free and fairness in electoral processes.

Consensus

Innovative solutions to the question of individual rights, civil liberties  and transparency.

Accountability

Solutions strengthen horizontal & vertical accountability in institutions.

Participatory

Innovations that enhance voices of the less privileged in decision-making process.

Deliberative

Innovations that ensure that political decisions are as a product of public deliberation.

Egalitarian

Tech solutions that ensure equal representation and distribution of politically relevant resources.

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