2016 Voqal Fellow Spotlight: Eric Shih

October 6, 2016


The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in a new generation of social entrepreneurs. Fellows receive financial resources and mentoring to help bring an early stage idea to life. The Voqal Fellowship is an opportunity for young innovators to test assumptions, research target audiences and build strong business plans. As we look forward to the 2017 Fellowship, we conclude the 2016 Fellowship spotlight series with Voqal Fellow, Eric Shih.

Eric Shih is the founder of Spendrise, an online platform for launching online petitions wherever people spend money using an all-or-nothing crowdfunding engine and user interface. Previously, Eric was the chief strategy officer at Groundswell, a nonprofit social enterprise utilizing community purchasing power to expand equity and access in the clean energy economy, and he was also a community organizer in the Bay Area improving environmental health and working conditions for low-income immigrant families.

Eric received his Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and his Master of Arts from the University of Michigan; he currently sits on the board of the Chinese Progressive Association in San Francisco and resides in Washington, DC. In addition, this past summer Eric had the opportunity to participate in the New Tools Shootout at Netroots Nation 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. Check out our blog post on the event.

To learn more about Eric and the Voqal Fellowship visit the Voqal Fellowship webpage.