Igniting Ideas for Greeces Future: the Angelopoulos 100 will scale up a successful pilot project initiated in 2013 to recruit, select, train, and support 100 Fellows as they implement and sustain projects that address Greeces major challenges. The original pilot was developed in collaboration with the CGI-U program, requiring Greek University students to develop commitments to action and to attend the annual CGI-U meeting in the US. Fifty-six projects have been supported to date.
As the program moves forward, outreach will be made to students at all Greek Universities who are in their final year of studies. Online applications requiring detailed plans of projects, necessary resources, and projected impact will be reviewed by experts drawn from academia and business. The eligible projects will span for-profit start-ups, social entrepreneurships, and NGOs. The critical criteria will be impact on the countrys problems and the feasibility of implementation. The program aims for at least 50 percent of the Fellows to be females.
The applications will be screened and finalists interviewed by a selection committee with relevant expertise. After being selected, the Fellows will have a series of training sessions including a mini-bootcamp that will cover issues of planning, promotion, project management, hiring, registration/legal, finance, marketing, fundraising and monitoring/evaluation. The fellows will be organized in support groups by sector and by function to provide peer-to-peer advising and connected to other impact hubs, incubators and accelerators in Greece as appropriate. Seed funding (normally up to 10,000 Euros), will be provided by Ambassador Angelopoulos to the selected projects and introductions to other potential funders will be facilitated. Additional (continuation) funding may be provided for particularly efficacious and high potential endeavors. Bi-weekly monitoring sessions will be provided for each project with assigned mentors or referred experts. Diversions from plans, obstacles discovered, or general bumps in the road will be identified early in the process.
Each Fellow will be supported to attend an international conference or event (CGI-U if relevant) to obtain international contacts and experience. On an ongoing basis, the Fellows will be gathered annually in a summit for service and have an extensive ongoing community network in order to sustain their commitment to the country and to the values of the effort.
Mrs. Angelopoulos and her team in Greece include an extensive network for support. They have expertise in legal, accounting, media, and marketing. Holly Sargent, formerly a Sr. Associate Dean at Harvards Kennedy School provides training and skills development, supplemented by experts on the ground in Athens.
From 2016-2019, the commitment will follow the timeline below each year:
October 2016 December 2017
We will refine and release applications each autumn by October 1 to attract applicants. The applications will be due at the end of November and interviews and selection will occur in December.
January 2017 May 2017
The boot camp workshops and training will occur in February 2017 for 2 weeks and funding will be dispersed beginning in April. Mentors will be assigned to shadow the work and answer questions immediately after selection. Biweekly calls/ Skypes will begin in March. All funding requests will be tied to tasks achieved and receipts will be required within one month.
June 2017 September 2017
Site visits will occur in June and July. Reunion and service events for all Fellows will be held in early September of each year with a report released on status of projects and activities of the Fellows.
Potential funders and investors will be invited to a public event featuring the completed work. Requests for travel and possible attendance at international conferences will be processed on an individual basis. Key Performance Indicators will be established and number of people impacted will be collected quarterly. Existing fellows may request continuing funding on an annual basis. Receipt of continuing funds will be based upon impact and viability, and the critical role additional funds might play in ensuring sustainability.