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The opportunities our young leaders believe they have, the value they see within themselves, and the support they receive are all critical to who they believe they can be and the change they’re capable of in the world. Hosted by Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana (YLNI), they’ve partnered up with Founders Spark to put together a two-year summer program where we immerse students in the world of entrepreneurship and the possibilities available to them to impact the world.


This program aims to recruit 15 young leaders who show promise and interest in
entrepreneurship to learn how to manifest that into something greater. Students will gain fundamental knowledge in entrepreneurship, a connection to mentors and resources in our community, and access to a YLNI Leadership Institute. We’ll focus on teaching in the areas of marketing, finance, legal, and personal development as it pertains to entrepreneurship. Best of all, this program is completely free for participants!


We are looking for applicants who have an interest in entrepreneurship or already have a business, have passion, ambition, and are looking for an opportunity to open doors for themselves. To be eligible, applicants must be 16-21 years of age and live in Fort Wayne. Unique cases that do not fit these criteria will be considered. We’re also asking that a resume and letter of recommendation be submitted. The letter of recommendation can come from a teacher, coach, parent, or any adult 21 and over with a relationship with the applicant. Founders Spark and YLNI are committed to putting together a cohort of diverse and committed students.


Applications are open now through May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm with the selection process shortly thereafter. The first part of the summer program will launch June 15, 2020, and go through the end of July. The first month of the program will be online with adjustments during July made as necessary. Applications take approximately an hour to fill out and are located here:

Mentor Application: https://foundersspark.typeform.com/to/OIE0K3
Student Application: https://foundersspark.typeform.com/to/QSkSJ7