What Is the NEXT Initiative?
This is a ten-year commitment Women's Fund has made to help emerging adult women (ages 18-24) move from economic instability to economic stability. We will find viable solutions to help these vulnerable young women become strong independent women who are not dependent on the goodwill of other for their success.
What Is the NEXT Incubator?
This is an opportunity for selected entrepreneurs to spend 1-2 years incubating solutions for the NEXT population. Once the solutions are ready to launch, Women's Fund will fund the solution to the end of ten years.
What Does It Take to Be a NEXT Entrepreneur?
We are seeking people who have touched or experienced this community of young adult women in a unique way. Perhaps you have worked with this population, seen the results of these women not being served, or maybe you were a part of the NEXT population at one time. We need entrepreneurs who are innovative, bold, determined, respected, creative and thoughtful. We need people who believe in collaboration to build successful solutions and effective ways to measure and evaluate their success. We need people who are willing to spend significant time in Indianapolis developing and implementing solutions. We need you to step out of your comfort zone and build something new to change the lives of emerging adult women in central Indiana.
Apply to Be a NEXT Fellow
If you have a vision for how to create a brighter future for women and girls in our community, we are excited to hear about it. Entrepreneurs interested in applying should complete a Statement of Intent submit beginning September 2, 2014 and December 2, 2014 at 12p EDT. We highly encourage applicants to submit sooner rather than later, this will allow us time to review and consider all letters with the same care and attention.
What Is the NEXT Timeline?
The NEXT Incubator will only occur one time. Anyone interested in applying to be an entrepreneur with NEXT initiative, needs to act now.
Statements of Intent due - December 2014
Since announcing the launch of NEXT. Women's Fund has received much media attention. Below are some recent pieces by various news outlets:
Indy Star - Matt Tully 3.25.14
WISHTV - Community Conversations 6.16.14
FOX59 - Community Conversations 6.16.14
WISHTV - Help for Single Moms 6.11.14
WTLC - Your Life Matters Interview 6.23.14
Indy Star - Matt Tully 7.17.14
Inside Indiana Business - 7.25.14
Indy Star - MattTully 8.28.14
WFYI - No Limits 9.09.14
What Is It Like to Live in Indianapolis?
We love living in Indianapolis! Our city is famous for lots of things, most notably our Hoosier Hospitality. Everyone is genuinely kind and friendly; we are a community that likes to collaborate for the common good. here are a few of our favorite links that will tell you more: