American Express Leadership Academy Emerging Innovators Bootcamps 942 views

Type of Funding

Partially funded




Young social entrepreneurs and changemakers are invited to apply for the 2019 American Express Leadership Academy Emerging Innovators Bootcamps, which are 2 to 3 day intensive training sessions, during which participants will receive industry insights, personalized feedback, direct connections to sector leaders and peer support. This year, the bootcamps will be held in the following 5 locations around the world:

  • New York City, USA: 18 to 20 September 2019
  • Dakar, Senegal: 25 to 27 September 2019
  • Mexico City: 7 to 10 October 2019
  • Nairobi, Kenya: 29 to 30 October 2019
  • Madrid, Spain: TBD

One hundred and twenty-five social innovators will be selected for the bootcamps. There will be 25 participants per location for a combined total of 5 cohorts.

Graduates become a part of the 2,000+ member strong American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Network. Alumni have gone on to win prestigious social innovation awards, including the Ashoka Fellowship, and honors from organizations like Echoing Green, Skoll, StartingBloc and Unreasonable Institute. They have also been included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.


The top 125 applicants will receive an invitation to an American Express Leadership Academy Emerging Innovator Bootcamp in a location near them. Each cohort of innovators will be supported by thought leaders, Ashoka Fellows and alumni who can help increase the impact of their work. The cost of meals, lodging and activities during the Bootcamp would be covered, and participants would also receive a partial travel award if they live outside city limits.

Selected Emerging Innovators will also be featured in social media campaigns on Ashoka and American Express’ social media platforms. Selected participants will be notified as to which location they have been assigned to.


Applicants must be social entrepreneurs and changemakers above the age of 18.

In their application they have to state what their countries of social impact are, and who are their target population. They have to describe their core idea and how their idea is new or different from current approaches. They have to articulate the main social problem they are trying to solve, the impact of the problem and the reason it persists. They also need to lay out their strategy for scaling the impact of their idea.


Applications are to be done online by 30 June 2019.

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