Around the world, visionary change agents are hard at work incubating new approaches to the planet’s toughest challenges. Yet they’re often doing so without taking advantage of the latest tools and thinking in technology, communications and innovation – or a network of experts, peers, and supporters who can help them truly change the world.

The PopTech Social Innovation Fellows program is designed to help fill that gap – to equip world-changing innovators with the tools, insights, visibility and social network that can help them scale their impacts to new heights.

Each year, PopTech selects 10 to 12 high potential change agents from around the world who are working on highly disruptive innovations in areas like energy, livelihood, healthcare, environment, performing arts, education, and civic engagement, among many others. Fellows work in both the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds, have a positive track record as leaders in social innovation, and are working in organizations that are well positioned for sustainable growth.

Fellows participate in an all-expenses-paid intensive program – this year from October 17-22, 2014 – focused on insights and tools for accelerating and scaling “big bet” innovations, such as branding, media relations, design for impact, creating value, leadership, storytelling and organizational development. Interactive training sessions are led by eminent innovators and acknowledged leaders in these fields.

Fellows then participate in PopTech, the renowned thought leadership conference, happening October 23-25, 2014 in Camden, Maine. Fellows receive prominent placement at the event, including arranged interviews and collaborative sessions with leading journalists and members of the PopTech network dedicated to helping them amplify their work and professional profile. On a year-round basis, Fellows join a dynamic alumni network and have ongoing access to faculty and peer-to-peer mentoring opportunities. These relationships have resulted in significant media coverage, grants, collaborations, venture financing and organizational support for previous years’ Fellows.

This is a one-of-a-kind Fellows program designed for one-of-a-kind social innovators who have the talent, passion and potential to change the world.

Nominations for 2014 are now closed; please check back here in February for information about nominations for 2015.

Meet the 2013 Fellows and learn about their ambitious projects.