HOW IT WORKS
A “fellowship” refers to any organized group that seeks to better understand and pursue a challenging topic.
The SELL Fellowship, the first of its kind for undergraduate students, consists of three semester-long stages: the Ideator, Incubator, and Accelerator.
The Ideator is the first step on one’s journey to become a social entrepreneur. It teaches social entrepreneurship basics and helps students form an idea to solve a social problem they care about.
Members who complete the Ideator are then inducted, given the title of “Junior Fellow,” and allowed to move on to the Incubator, where they launch a proof of concept and flesh out their venture. After completing the Incubator Fellowship, students receive the title of “Senior Fellow” and access to the Accelerator Fellowship, where they can scale their venture.
All fellows receive lifetime membership to a community of changemakers that continuously support one another in the pursuit of social impact.
SHOWCASING OUR IDEATORS
Idea Pitch Conference
The Idea Pitch Conference is a semesterly event where we showcase our Ideator fellow candidates their entrepreneurial idea and the work they've done to form it throughout this semester. It is a requirement that all student members must complete before being officially inducted into the Fellowship.
At Demo Day, each fellow candidate works at a small booth where they present their entrepreneurial idea to attendees, including UT Austin students, faculty, and guests.
THE INCUBATOR CAPSTONE
Social Impact Pitch Competition
The Social Impact Pitch Competition, hosted by the SELL Fellowship every semester, is UT Austin’s largest social venture pitch competition for students creating their own social business models. This gives us the opportunity to showcase the work our Incubator Fellows have done over the past year as well as connect with others in the space.
This past semester, Incubator Fellow Sam Stafford won the competition and earned $2,000 in non-diluting funding. Another fellow, Yasmie Young, earned $1,000 as the runner-up.