The Forward Fellowship convenes diverse social entrepreneurs in Durham for a 13-month experience providing them with the resources, knowledge, and relationships they need to realize the full potential of their social ventures. We select high-growth social entrepreneurs, prioritizing viable and scalable breakthrough approaches to problems. Forward Fellows are emerging leaders in Durham’s social innovation ecosystem and as a diverse cohort represent our values and desired outcomes.

Fellows receive:

  • Peer support from cohort of fellow social entrepreneurs
  • Leadership training and development
  • Customized, expert feedback
  • Media visibility
  • Connections in Durham, the Triangle, and nationally
  • Mentorship and guidance from their Fellowship Sponsor
  • A $5,000 stipend

Fellows commit to:

  • Receiving guidance from Fellowship Sponsor
  • Participating in fellowship activities
  • Connecting with the regional social venture sector
  • Curating one event in their area of interest in coordination with their Sponsor/Mentor and BCF
  • Making introductions within and across sectors
  • Contributing to media outreach to drive visibility of the region’s social enterprise community
  • A final presentation

Download the Forward Fellowship Application

Fellowship Sponsors mentor, facilitate introductions, and help shape the experience.

Sponsors receive:

  • Exposure to regional social innovators and entrepreneurs
  • The benefit of helping a social entrepreneur succeed
  • Visibility and brand recognition
  • Employee development and community engagement opportunities
  • Community feedback

Sponsors commit to:

  • A $10,000 sponsorship per Fellow ($5K to Fellow and $5K to BCF);
  • Helping select the Fellow based on criteria agreed upon with BCF;
  • Quality mentoring of Fellow.


Bull City Forward will track:

  • Growth and impact of the Fellows’ own initiatives/ventures
  • The Fellows’ experiences with their peer group, feedback session, and mentorship
  • Impact on the social innovation sector in Durham and the greater Triangle region

Interested in sponsoring a Fellow?

In addition to a monetary sponsorship, sponsors commit to mentoring their Fellow and connecting him/her to relevant resources. Please contact us for more information about the benefits of becoming a Forward Fellows sponsor. Or, call 919-228-9365 to speak with someone immediately.