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Program Details:

The Social Innovation Fellowship is a hands-on entrepreneurship program that inspires and empowers Jewish teens to be changemakers in their community. Taught in partnership with entrepreneurs across Baltimore, fellows will develop an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set while working on a team to create their own social enterprise to tackle problems in the community and work towards Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

Throughout the year, this resume boosting experience includes a kick-off innovation boot camp, 7 dynamic business building workshops, mentoring from local business leaders, AND an exciting NYC weekend innovation tour! These workshops and experiences allow teens to visit local businesses while identifying key components of their business models . The program culminates with our annual Demo Day pitch event, where teens pitch their ideas for a better Baltimore. Learn how you can make a difference through business and innovation, and experience how entrepreneurship can be a Jewish endeavor.

Program Dates: Sundays, November 2024 – April 2025

Grades: 9-12

Cost:  $1100 – financial aid available (includes NYC weekend trip!)

Community Service Hours: 10 Hours

Registration: Applications for 2024-2025 programs closed on May 1

Social Innovation Fellows Will:

  • Develop an entrepreneurial mindset, skillset, and toolset
  • Identify how Jewish values align with a variety of social ventures
  • Work on a team with your peers to transform a social problem into an opportunity
  • Learn how to build a business using the LEAN Startup Method
  • Discover how social entrepreneurship and innovation is motivated by Jewish values
  • Network with Jewish business leaders and entrepreneurs in Baltimore and beyond
  • Travel to NYC for a weekend of innovation and fun in the big apple!
  • Culminate the program with a business pitch presentation to the community


Application & Selection Process: Social Innovation Fellowship accepts up to 20 teens from the Baltimore Jewish community. To be approved for registration:

  • Applicants must submit their written application online by May 1st
  • Applicants must complete a 30-minute in-person consultation with the SIF Program Coordinator
  • Program acceptances will be announced the first week of June 2024.


Questions? Contact Isabel Lunken at [email protected]