Kathryn Hobgood Ray
Four fellows have been selected for the first annual Urban Innovation Challenge at Tulane University, which supports ideas to solve social challenges in areas of urban revitalization, public education, health and economic development. The four Urban Innovator fellows, selected from a pool of nearly 200 applicants, will receive a $45,000 stipend to develop their solutions for one year, with exclusive mentorship from faculty and staff at leading centers and institutes at Tulane. Funding for the Urban Innovation Challenge is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.
“We were really impressed with the quality and diversity of ideas submitted to the Challenge,” said Stephanie Barksdale, manager of Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Tulane. “Tulane is committed to supporting these fellows, in hopes that they will be able to make a significant impact on our city.”
The fellows will each have access to Tulane resources including office space, email accounts and library privileges. Additionally, they will receive professional development and support from Tulane"s Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives and the Center for Public Service.
The 2011-12 Urban Innovators are: