Apply by September 15! Win a $20K Award to Launch Your Big Idea

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Sponsored by E2

Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) is a national, nonpartisan group of business leaders, investors, and professionals from every sector of the economy who advocate for policies that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Our members have founded or funded more than 2,500 companies, created more than 600,000 jobs, and manage more than $100 billion in venture and private equity capital. E2 is a partner of NRDC.

The 1 Hotels Fellowship at E2 is designed to support early to mid-career businesspeople who seek to tackle pressing environmental issues through projects that are good for the economy and good for the environment. Selected fellows will receive $20,000 each and work with E2 staff and advocates to design and implement their projects. Ten fellows will be selected for the 2019-2020 program cycle.

E2 welcomes all project proposals aligned with our mission. Individuals who do not consider themselves traditional business people are still encouraged to apply.


This year, we are seeking candidates representing a wide arrange of fields and industries.

Some of our previous awardees include: Lauren Hafford, whose project, Croptimize, will build an intuitive testing and analysis toolkit for crop conversation practices; Vanessa Perkins who is developing a resource for Chicago residents to launch a community charge-sharing network for electric vehicles where charging options are otherwise limited; and Brontë McGarrah, who created a multimedia platform for sharing and amplifying the success stories of environmental entrepreneurs to prove how essential federal investment is to the growth of the economy and environmental security.

Lauren Hafford discovered the 1 Hotels Fellowship through ProFellow last year and applied successfully! Read about her unique fellowship experience in our interview with Lauren.

Fellowship applicants are encouraged to submit game-changing organizing, research or communications project ideas that make the business case for smart environmental policies. For our third year, we are looking for projects in the following areas:








Examples include organizing coastal recreational, tourism and/or fishing interests to highlight what is at risk from offshore drilling; media campaigns designed to amplify business voices in support of smart energy, climate, and environmental policies; research studies on the economic benefits of environmentally supportive policies.  To be considered, project ideas must cross the intersection of the economy, the environment and public policy.


Applicants must be legal US residents.

Early to mid-career people working in any field are invited to apply.


To be considered, please submit a resume and fill out the questions in the application portal, describing your project, how it will advance environmental sustainability or clean economy policies, and how you plan to accomplish this project.

Completed applications must be submitted by September 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

All applications will be reviewed by a select committee of E2 staff and members, including business leaders, investors and policy experts from across the country. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of October 2019 and will be invited to attend an in-person announcement event.

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For more information go to or contact You can also learn more about E2’s Emerging Leaders program, including how to join, at

Not ready to apply today? Bookmark the 1 Hotels Fellowship at E2 to your ProFellow account.

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