AV Fellowship

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today.

Since our inception in 2014, Access Ventures has been lifting up transformational leaders who challenge the status quo. Our fundamental belief is that at the heart of any change in a community, company, market or movement…are people.

Through our Fellowship program, we find leaders working to make the world better in a big way, and we help them become impactful leaders by connecting them with the tools, resources, and community they need to bring their ideas to life.

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What We Are Looking For

AV supports bold leaders who see possibility in the face of community challenges. Together, we endeavor to build solutions that support human flourishing, because vulnerable people everywhere face systemic opposition. The economy represents not only an engine for industry, but an opportunity to demonstrate the inalienable dignity of all people. It’s not enough to simply build a functioning economy — we must build a more accessible economy in which everyone can thrive. This Fellowship is designed for young leaders between the ages of 22-30 who can present an idea that will positively impact our world and their community.

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What You Receive

Personal Development: A comprehensive program to build and grow leadership skills and develop the strategies needed to make ideas thrive.

Expert Resources: Connections to industry experts and facilitation of opportunities according to each Fellow’s needs.

Research Funding: A $20,000 stipend, spread over 12 months, to allow Fellows to explore their idea and acquire resources to ensure the greatest outcome.

Connection: Virtual and in-person gatherings with the cohort and industry leaders to nurture development.

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Applications for the Access Ventures Fellowship are accepted annually until January 31 through our online application form. Applicants will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation, CV, and an abstract for the project the Fellow wishes to explore that is related to human flourishing (this can be in any field, from finance to science to the arts). Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 1 and the new cohort will begin in July and run for the next 12 months.

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Access Ventures believes far and away that people are the greatest variable for success; the people on their team, the people they invest in, the people they partner with. They bet BIG on people while other organizations miss out on the single greatest catalyst for transformative change. I saw first-hand the transformative power of when good people with good ideas are given the opportunity to flourish.

Niko Kampouris

Applicants for the Access Ventures Fellowship Program Should:


  • Be between the ages of 22-30

  • Have resilience & grit

    We like to see candidates who have weathered challenges, even failures, either professionally or personally.

  • Be willing to come to the table fully open and engaged

    We look for candidates with a willingness to be fully present, authentic, vulnerable and kind.

  • Be entrepreneurial

    We look for a track record of starting things. With some candidates, this is hard to tease out of a bio and resume, so it’s important for this to be addressed in the letter of recommendation.

  • Understand the time commitment

    We expect full participation in all activities for the full length of the program. All event and meeting dates are published in advance so that Fellows can adjust their schedules accordingly. The bonding process is of the utmost importance for each Fellow and for the cohort as a whole; partial participation, missed meetings, or early departures are unacceptable.

  • Pay it Forward

    Fellows will consider how they might personally continue the spirit of this program forward in their own lives and communities.

Have Questions? Email info@accessventures.org