At Brown this week, 15 emerging entrepreneurs are receiving mentoring, training, and up to $5,000 to further develop their social innovation proposals. They are the inaugural class of the Dell Social Innovation Competition Semi-Finalist Fellowship. Their one-week institute will culminate Friday, Aug. 19, with #Connect@Brown, an innovative in-person and online event that will give fellows instant feedback on their pitches and plans via Twitter and a live webstream from leading local and national social entrepreneurs, community service providers, public officials, and business people. Hosted at Brown, the Fellowship was developed in 2011 through a partnership between the Social Innovation Institute at the Swearer Center for Public Service and the Dell Social Innovation Competition at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the University of Texas–Austin. The Fellowship selects up to 25 individuals from teams that scored highly but did not win the national Dell Social Innovation Competition and prepares them to try again the following year. The Fellowship is based on principles of peer critique and mentoring developed in Brown’s Starr Fellowship.

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