The Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship
Our application cycle for the 2021 Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellowship Program is now closed.
Our 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 Democracy Tech 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.
The Fellowship Details
Six carefully curated Democracy Tech 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.
- 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, and Moldova.
- 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.
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 opened November 15, 2020 and closed January 15, 2021. Following that is the selection process which will also entail interview sessions with selected fellows. This will take place in week 3. The fellows will be announced on our website in the following week.
What is the fellowship timeline?
Phase 1, which is composed of bi-weekly collective lessons and peer to peer mentor sessions will run from early February until the end of April, 2021. And Phase 2 will start in May, where fellows will attend Copenhagen Democracy Summit, slated for May 10 - 11, 2021. Follow up sessions will be conduct until end of May.
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