The Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship
Our application cycle for the 2022 Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship is now open, and will close on December 15, 2021. Apply Here.
The fellowship is a six-month virtual and in-person program that seeks to equip Democracy tech entrepreneurs from emerging democracies with the know-how of starting and scaling successful, and democratically driven ventures.
Making technology work for democracy is a defining challenge of our time. Election interference on social media, disinformation, deep fakes, pandemic surveillance, and illicit facial recognition are all dangers to democracy from the wrong uses of technology. Our fellowship is established against this backdrop with an aim to support tech entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to democracies' problems. We recognize the need to build from the bottom up, while bringing out what the free world does best: innovation, entrepreneurship and new ideas. The fellowship is driven by three key elements; collective learning masterclasses, peer to peer mentor sessions, and building strong networks among entrepreneurs.
The Fellowship Details
Eight carefully curated Democracy Tech entrepreneurs from Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Armenia, and Venezuela will go through two phases of the fellowship.
In the first phase, the fellows will attend bi-weekly collective master classes, where alongside traditional entrepreneurship classes, they will learn ways to integrate more democratic principles and processes 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.
- Applicants should have started a scalable business based on an innovation that meets our Democracy Tech 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, Moldova, Armenia, and Venezuela.
- Applicants should demonstrate commitment to democratic values.
Innovations that enhance contestation, free and fairness in electoral processes.
Innovative solutions to the question of individual rights, civil liberties and transparency.
Solutions strengthening horizontal & vertical accountability in institutions.
Innovations that enhance voices of the less privileged in decision-making process.
Innovations that ensure that political decisions are as a product of public deliberation.
Tech solutions that ensure equal representation and distribution of politically relevant resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 Democracy Tech?
Tech innovations that can strengthen or/and provide solutions to one of the above six mentioned conceptions of democracy, namely, electoral, consensus, accountability, participatory, deliberative and egalitarian. We also consider media literacy tools adressing the problem of disinformation, and unethical artificial intelligence.
What is a scalable business?
A scalable business is one that focuses on the implementation of processes that lead to an efficient operation. The workflow and structure of the business allow for scalability, where measurement of the entire business can be assessed and managed at each level.
What is the application timeline?
Our call for applications opens on October 15, 2021 and closes on December 15, 2021. Following that is the selection process which will also entail interview sessions with selected fellows. The fellows will be announced on our website in January 2022 and the Fellowship will kick off early February 2022.
What is the fellowship timeline?
Phase 1, which is composed of bi-weekly collective master classes and mentor sessions will run from early February until the end of May, 2022. And Phase 2 will start in June, where fellows will attend Copenhagen Democracy Summit, slated for June 9 - 10, 2022. Follow up sessions will be conduct until end of June - July.
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