Application Deadline:27 November 2016
The Apprenticeship Challenge is an edition of the Entrepreneurship for Good Program. With its learning-by-doing approach, this program gives you the opportunity to learn innovation and implementation skills by working on a real-life innovation Challenge (here: The Apprenticeship Challenge) during 10 weeks in campus, in this case in Sinal do Vale (50 kilometers from the center of Rio de Janeiro). During the second phase of the program, you’ll go back home to launch your venture with support from your DO School mentors and peers.
Westerwelle Foundation, Sinal do Vale and the DO School challenge you to develop innovative ways to promote apprenticeships or vocational training to reduce global youth unemployment and create a sustainable future. The solution that you will co-create with the other 19 Fellows during the Challenge Lab should help enable local businesses to train young people on the job, focusing on the importance of continuous skill-based training. The project should be scalable and adaptable to any country.
The first Phase of the Program lasts 10 weeks and takes place in Sinal do Vale, a unique biodiversity space in the Atlantic Rainforest of Brazil outside Rio de Janeiro. You and 19 Fellows from all over the globe will attend the following courses:
Challenge Lab: You’ll be co-creating a hands-on result for the Apprenticeship Challenge while learning and applying the DO School Method.
Venture Lab: Using the DO School Method, you’ll refine your venture idea and get it ready for implementation.
Media Lab: You’ll learn storytelling skills to generate support and publicity for your idea.
Over the course of the next 10 months, you’ll be implementing your venture in your home country – using the skills you learnt in the Incubation Phase. Thanks to the DO School’s online platform, you’ll be able to get advice and feedback from your mentors, the DO School program team and your peers. In addition, you can pick up and share new skills along the way.
- The DO School is seeking highly motivated and talented emerging social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs.
- Applicants should be able to demonstrate a track record of being passionate about addressing social issues and creating and spreading innovative social change.
- The DO School welcome applications from people with all educational and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Successful applicants are determined and willing to use our program to start new, or grow existing ventures, or implement a new initiative within a larger organization.
- The DO School program is ideal for outstanding mission-driven people who are looking for the tools, skills, and mentoring to launch a social start-up.
This Apprenticeship Challenge is right for you if:
1) You have an idea for a social impact venture and are ready to commit 10 demanding, high-energy weeks in Brazil to work on the Challenge and develop your venture further, and also want to dedicate the following 10 months at home to bringing your idea to life.
2) You have proven skills and expertise in the following areas and would love to contribute these so as to create an actionable and amazing Challenge result: Education and training, HR, project management, international development, sustainability, etc. Or you might have other skills or expertise that you believe will bring a unique and fresh perspective to the solution of the Challenge.
3) Your knowledge of English is good enough to participate in a program entirely conducted in English.
Admission is based on merit alone with a contribution of EUR 1,000 to the tuition fee. You may be eligible for financial aid if you are unable to make this contribution
- Accommodation and most meals will be provided in Sinal Do Vale for the 10-week Incubation Phase.
- However, you are responsible for organizing and paying for your own travel to and from the Campus. You are also responsible for arranging and paying for your visa (if needed) as well as health and accident insurance.
- Yes, financial aid is available for the tuition fee 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 to cover the tuition fee, 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.
- DO School will also be able to supply a limited number of travel stipends to applicants who can demonstrate that they need additional support.
- The financial aid 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.
Applications will be reviewed by the DO School Admissions Team after the end of each selection period. Please complete your application through our online application plaftorm by the next selection deadline. Also please note that once all places are filled, the application process will close and there will not be any other selection period
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