Social Enterprise

IDEX fellowship programme for aspiring Social Entrepreneurs

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IDEX is a six-month fellowship experience designed for aspiring social intrapreneurs who want to take control their career path while helping to address society’s most pressing problems.

The IDEX Fellowship begins with three weeks of virtual training delivered by IDEX staff and alumni. This orientation consists of virtual seminars, readings, and strategic deliverables to personally and professionally prepare you for your six month field experience.

For six months, fellows work with one of IDEX’s partner enterprises as key staff member. Fellows work full-time (40 hours/week) with enterprises, interacting with customers, working hands-on with projects while building their professional portfolio and grappling first-hand with the complex issues of working for a socially-minded enterprise.

-Are willing to embrace ambiguity head on, seek opportunities to learn and share your experiences with others.

-Are seeking a self-directed fellowship experience where you are provided support and coaching but must also rely on your own creativity and grit to make the most out of your experience.

The ideal fellow must:

-Thrive in a start-up environment.

-Have had professional successes and failures that you’ve learned from and can apply to new situations.

-Have a passion for social enterprise and improving quality of life for under-served or under-resourced communities.

-Have a strong desire to engage in an intense professional development experience- this means you love to learn through people, experiences and self-reflection.

-Be committed to make an equity investment of time, energy and capital into your own personal growth and professional development.

-Have patience, empathy and a sense of humor- because laughter makes everything better.


In addition to full-time field placement, fellows will also undertake 24 weeks of custom developed curriculum modules that cover Managing Social Innovation, Advocacy & Outreach, Resource Mobilization and Impact Measurement. The IDEX Curriculum is self-paced and provides fellows with a baseline understanding of each focus area delivered through a combination of short-readings and curated content. Fellows can expect to commit approximately 4-5 hours a week on each curriculum modules for a minimum of 96 hours over the entire program.

Capacity Building Workshops:

To accompany each curriculum module, fellows will particpate in four full-day capacity building workshops over the course of their fellowship led by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Mentors-in-Residence who are seasoned professionals and thought leaders in their respective fields. Click here to see a list of our Training Partners and Capacity Building Mentors.


-Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications to be eligible for the IDEX Fellowship:

-Have a Bachelor, Masters or Graduate Degree (in any field) prior to start of program

-Ability to perform in a high pressure environment

-Be proficient in English (both written and spoken)

-Can obtain an India Business visa for a minimum of six months

-Have a minimum of 1 to 3 years of professional work experience

-Have excellent listening and communication skills (written and verbal)


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