September 30, 2015
Voqal Fellowship is seeking the best and brightest young innovators with brilliant ideas for creating social change. Applications are now open for the third class of the fellowship, which provides tech and social entrepreneurs with the mentoring and resources needed to bring their innovations to life.
One of the few fellowships that fund projects in the ideation phase, Voqal Fellowship provides tech-savvy social change agents with funding to launch new technologies designed to make the world a better place.
Yongjun Heo, a member of the inaugural fellowship class, did just that with the creation of Farepath, a technology-based platform designed to increase food donations. Heo’s drive and innovation — responsible for a system that collected 3,000 pounds of donated food in its pilot year — are typical of Voqal fellows.
“I’m very passionate about social causes,” he said. “If I see a potential solution to a problem, I’ll think about ways the solution can be implemented.”
Candidates for the latest round of the Voqal Fellowship must have three to five years of career experience and may not be enrolled in graduate school. Fellows have six months to complete their project and will receive a $30,000 stipend in order to build out an idea that would not be possible to accomplish with a full-time job. Additional stipends may be available to offset health insurance costs for qualifying fellows.