Entrepreneurship for Good Program

For emerging social entrepreneurs. 

Make your vision a reality.

You are driven by a meaningful vision. You are brimming with bright ideas. You want to make a real difference, perhaps with a business that benefits the community. Or a project in the cultural sector. Or with a technology that addresses a specific problem in your home country.

What are you waiting for? Let’s turn your ideas into action. The DO School helps you do what you believe in.

The DO School gives us advice and practical and tangible tools that make us feel more confident about making our dreams a reality.
Christine Liu, Packaging Challenge Fellow

How it works

Incubation Phase

First, you’ll be spending 10 weeks on campus to get all the skills you need to make your vision a reality!

Joining forces with other Fellows from all over the globe and using the DO School Method, you will be attending three courses in which you:

  • work on a real-life business challenge set by a major organization in the Challenge Lab
  • get your own venture ready for implementation in the Venture Lab
  • learn the necessary storytelling and communications skills in the Media Lab
Implementation Phase

Back at home, it’s time to get your idea off the ground!

You’ll be implementing your venture in your home country — using the skills you learnt in the Incubation Phase.

But no worries, we won’t leave you to your own devices. Over the course of the next 10 months, you can count on DO School support from your mentors, the DO School program team, and your peers. The DO School’s online platform makes it easy for you to get feedback and pick up more skills and knowledge along the way.

What you get

1

Get the skills

The Entrepreneurship for Good Program kicks off with an intensive ten-week learning experience on campus (Berlin or New York City). Faced with a concrete innovation challenge set by a major organization, you and 19 other Fellows will learn how to apply the DO School Method to conceive, plan, test, and implement a solution.

2

Learn from the best

Renowned experts will share their wide entrepreneurial experience with you. Our Fellows have had the chance to hone a variety of skills in challenges set by H&M, Messe Berlin, the New York Mayor’s Office and in collaboration with Nobel prize nominees, tech gurus’ and experienced entrepreneurs.

3

Bring your idea to life

During the ten weeks on campus, you will already be working on getting your own venture ready by gaining innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Back home, you will spend the next ten months bringing your idea to success, benefitting from close mentoring and the DO School’s support and coaching structure.

Fellows & Alumni

Case studies

FAQ

How is the DO School Entrepreneurship for Good Program different from other educational programs or start-up incubators?

The DO School Entrepreneurship for Good Program brings together experienced leaders with the next generation of change makers. Our Entrepreneurship for Good Program takes place in two phases, the ten-week Incubation Phase on campus and the ten-month Implementation Phase in the Fellows’ home countries. While the Incubation Phase is training-intense and in-house, the Implementation Phase focuses on the actual start-up of each Fellows’ venture with continued knowledge and mentoring support, wherever they live in the world.

We help our Fellows fine-tune ideas and a business plans, and accompany and support them through the crucial stages of starting a venture. The DO School provides support in the form of knowledge and networks, not money.

Who teaches at the DO School?

The DO School core team includes experienced facilitators and coaches, who teach the DO School Method by offering specific workshops and trainings that lead our Fellows through the Dream, Focus, Plan and DO phases in our courses. All other teaching is offered by inspiring and experienced Experts, who share knowledge about a range of topics and reveal their personal stories that led them to being successful entrepreneurs and practitioners.

What is a DO School Challenge?

A DO School Challenge is a hands-on group task our Fellows work on during the Incubation Phase of our Entrepreneurship for Good Program. Every Fellow group works on a different Challenge, always goes through the process of creating ideas, focusing on the relevant ones, planning their implementation and actually putting them into action. This entire process is supported by Challenge Lab. Solving a Challenge means creating a real product, service, or campaign, and experiencing how to turn an idea into action. Challenges can be given by a person, an organization, or the DO School.

What are Fellow ventures?

Each DO School Fellow applies for our program with an idea for a social venture they want to start, be it a non-profit, social business, artistic initiative, or campaign. Venture ideas happen in various fields, but always address a key social issue in the Fellows’ community, while at the same time reflecting the Fellows’ personal passions, motivation, and talents. Because we help our Fellows fine-tune their ideas during the Incubation Phase, we don’t require our applicants to have fully conceptualized plans, but rather require them to have a basic idea for a venture which they can build upon.

Who can be a DO School Fellow?

Our Fellows are highly motivated and talented emerging social entrepreneurs with a track record of being passionate about creating and spreading innovative social change. Our Fellows have highly diverse educational and socioeconomic backgrounds, but all demonstrate determination, great ideas, and the willingness to use our programs to start up new or grow existing ventures. The Entrepreneurship for Good Program is ideal for outstanding DOers who are looking for the tools, skills, and mentoring to launch and scale their start-up.

What does a typical day as a DO School Fellow look like?

Participating in the Entrepreneurship for Good Program is an intense learning experience.
During the Incubation Phase all Fellows live and work together for ten weeks. A typical day during the Incubation Phase starts with breakfast in the Fellow apartment, followed by a full day participating in one of the three courses – Challenge Lab, Venture Lab or Media Lab. Fellows participate in hands-on workshops and work on their own venture plans.

For the ten-month Implementation Phase, Fellows return to their home countries to start implementing their own ventures. They stay connected and continue their learning experience on our online platform. Many Fellows work full time, others part time, on their venture implementation. We expect our Fellows to spend at least twelve hours per week on venture implementation with the support of the online learning platform.

Does the DO School offer academic credit?

We are not offering degree-based programs, and are not an accredited academic institution. However, each college and university has its own rules and policies for crediting programs that are not part of their own curriculum, and many Fellows have obtained credit for their participation in our program.
Upon successful completion of the Entrepreneurship for Good Program we provide our Fellows with a certificate of participation. More importantly, every Fellow will have the knowledge to really DO something, and you can’t put a price tag on that!

What does it cost to participate in the DO School Entrepreneurship for Good Program?

The Entrepreneurship for Good Program is a highly subsidized program, which means you pay only a small portion of the actual costs as your tuition fee. For the Entrepreneurship for Good Program in Berlin the tuition fee is 1,000 EUR excluding travel and living expenses throughout the Incubation Phase in Berlin. This only applies to you if you can afford to pay the full tuition and your own costs, if not there is financial aid available.

Is there financial aid available for those who cannot cover the cost?

Yes, financial aid is available for both the tuition fee and the personal costs during the Incubation Phase of the Entrepreneurship for Good Program. Fellow selection is need-blind. This means we select Fellows regardless of their financial circumstances and make sure that everyone who is selected can also participate in the program. If you need financial aid there is a separate form in the application process that you can fill out. If you are accepted you will then automatically receive an individualized partial or full financial aid offer. The offer will be based on your personal needs, however, we expect all candidates to demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and actively contribute to part of their own costs through their own fundraising activities.

How do I apply for the Entrepreneurship for Good Program?

Applications for the Entrepreneurship for Good Program are always for a specific Challenge and can only be completed during the stated application period of that Challenge.

Applications are completed through an online application form.

After I submit my application how long will it take to hear if I have been selected or not?

We will be in touch with you via email 4 – 5 weeks after the application deadline of the Challenge you applied for.

Can I apply for two Challenges at the same time?

No. We select Fellows based on the specific interest expressed in the application to participate in a particular Challenge. It is important that you seriously consider selecting a Challenge that you are passionate about, as your start-up venture should also reflect the topic of the Challenge.

I have already applied for a previous program and was not accepted, can I still apply for a new program?

Yes, each application will be evaluated on its own merit. Having previously applied will not negatively influence the outcome of a new application. Quite the opposite, it may be a good idea to tell us how you and your venture have developed since your last application.

My English is not very good, can I apply in a different language?

No, since all programs rely on English as the common language, you have to apply in English. However, it is important to remember that the requirement is to speak and understand English well enough to be able to benefit from and contribute to the program, but you don’t need to be a native speaker – so don’t be too worried about making a few mistakes.

Who can I contact if I have questions regarding admissions?

Please contact us at admissions@thedoschool.org

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