Apply to be a 2016 Beespace Fellow!

Want an immersive experience working with startups in the social good sector?

Beespace, New York City’s premier nonprofit incubator, has an opening for a new Fellow to work with Heat Seek, one of the start-up organizations currently in incubation at our north Chelsea loft. Heat Seek works at the intersection of innovative technology and tenant advocacy to provide new tools in the fight to maintain affordable housing in New York City. Heat Seek’s work is grounded in a deep respect for community organizers and on-the-ground advocates (

The term for this round of Beespace Fellows is December 2016- December 2017, 20 hours per week, with a monthly paycheck of $2,100 plus a health stipend.

Beespace was created to launch organizations through a new practice of innovation. The Beespace innovation practice equips start-up founders to make better decisions at the toughest points in their journey from idea to launch to impact — decisions that are better for themselves, better for their organizations, better for their sector, and better for the people whose lives they are driven to help change.

Now midway through its second cohort, Beespace has enshrined patient capital, rigorous experimentation, emotional intelligence, and true sustainability at the center of its incubation model. We offer a two-year developmental curriculum aimed at helping founders build their own compasses for navigating the inevitable detours, distractions, and shortcuts that mark so many start-up journeys.

Beespace Fellows work side-by-side with the start-up founders in residence at Beespace, for 20 hours each week. Each Fellow is matched with one founding team upon hiring, and contributes to all aspects of developing their start-up organization for the duration  of their incubation term -- from program design, to prototyping, to piloting and organizational development.  

Beespace Fellows also are key collaborators with the Beespace management team, embedding the Beespace DNA of experimentation and peer learning into their start-up team’s daily experience, and building community as part of their daily practice.  

Beespace is committed to building community inside and outside of our incubator experience. We work to foster a culture and practices of purposeful inclusion, and are seeking Fellows candidates that represent diversity across age, race, sex, ethnicity and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective.

 As a Beespace Fellow, you will:

  • Collaborate with a team of start-up founders on every aspect of the mundane and heroic task of getting a dynamic new organization off the ground
  • Engage in Beespace’s core practices and the curriculum that reflects those practices: Design and Experimentation, Full Sustainability, and Emotional Intelligence
  • Gain a wide range of professional skills essential to building enduring organizations, including program design and development, operations, and evaluation
  • Step into close relationships with organizational leaders looking for permanent team members

Beespace Fellows have: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree, or two years of college plus two years of professional experience
  • A minimum of two, long-term volunteer or staff experiences in the social good sector (nonprofits, social enterprises, civic tech)
  • Ability to commit 20 hours a week from September 2016 - December 2017
  • A passionate curiosity about the world, eyes and ears wide open
  • A truly proactive approach to learning and doing whatever is thrown your way, a comfort with uncomfortableness, and a willingness to make things up as you go along
  • Eagerness to be a part of a collaborative, learning community
  • General awesomeness

To Apply

Send us your resume, a short video, and the responses to the below questions to [email protected] by November 6th with the subject line "2016 Beespace Fellow."

Short-Answer Questions (Please limit your response to this section to 1-3 paragraphs in length. Thanks!)

  1. What does innovation mean to you? Share an example of something you consider innovative.
  2. Is there an organization in the nonprofit or social enterprise sector that you especially admire? What about them is special, in your view?
  3. What do you hope to gain from becoming a Beespace Fellow? What do you hope to give?

Start-Up Scenarios (Please limit your response to this section to 2 pages total in answering the questions. Thanks!)

  1. Your organization is launching six new partnerships with six different community-based organizations. Your team will be delivering the same program to each organization, but the timing and requirements for each of the six partnerships are slightly different. You’ve been asked to be a lead project manager in coordinating program delivery with these six partners. What do you see as the most valuable ingredients in managing those six relationships, both in terms of good project management and in terms of good human management? Have you ever done any similar work in another context? If so, we’re love to hear what you did and how that went.
  2. At the beginning of your term as Fellow, you and the Founder of your organization agree to a 30-minute check-in meeting every day that you’re at the office. The first few weeks that you put this into practice, the check-ins are extremely helpful, both in helping you get clear direction and feedback on your work and ideas, and in keeping up-to-speed on what’s happening in the organization when you’re not there. But now those check-ins have faltered, and you can see your Founder being pulled into putting out organizational fires or jumping into unexpected opportunities that take precedence over your check-ins. You’re feeling bottlenecked and less in touch with the team. What would you do? Have you ever been in a similar situation, either with a teacher or a colleague or another peer? If so, we’d love to hear what you did and how that went.

Video Response. Please submit a video that answers the following question:

Tell us about an experience that shifted a perspective you took for granted. What insights about yourself did you have afterward?

Production Instructions:

  • Include a link to the video in your cover letter with the password (if required).
  • Your video can run between 2 to 3 minutes.
  • You can shoot it on a smartphone, tablet, or laptop — don't sweat the production value!
  • Be spontaneous. Don't overscript your response or read from a prepared statement. Just talk to us like we're sitting next to each other at a party.
  •  We want to hear what you've got to say! Before submitting the video, give it a listen and make sure we'll be able to hear you. Watch for ambient noise and avoid background music. Keep it simple and have your voice be the only audio. 

We’re accepting applications on a rolling basis until November 6th. Want more information? Feel free to contact Fia Green at [email protected]

Calling All Interns!

Beespace is a non-profit incubator helping to identify and launch the next generation of high impact nonprofits. Utilizing the tech incubator model, we invest in genuine and bold organizations, providing them with a comprehensive set of innovative resources completely free of charge, to profit the world.

Beespace’s Incubees focus on a wide range of issues and programming approaches, and all are committed to bold new models of how to practice charity. They are always looking for fantastic interns to join their teams. To apply (or for more information), please email [email protected]. Include your resume, let us know which organization(s) you’re interested in working with, and tell us what you think you can add to the team.

Our Incubees:

The Adventure Project creates job opportunities with community impact in the developing world, disrupting the cycle of poverty by enabling donors to fund job creation programs that have a social impact.

The Malala Fund, the official organization of Malala Yousafzai, is focused on helping girls go to school and raise their voices for the right to education.

Organize is applying new technologies and ideas to the organ donation space, seeking to decrease the organ shortage by applying smarter technologies and more creative partnerships, and advocating for data-driven policies.

Practice Makes Perfect works to narrow the achievement gap in low-income U.S. neighborhoods by pairing academically struggling middle school students with high achieving high school students from the same inner-city neighborhoods for an academic intensive summer program.

Yoga Foster brings free yoga to kids in schools and community centers, creating a new model to keep kids fit, inspired, and more creative.

Inspiration from Ben Franklin, Paul Farmer and Charity:Water to Kickoff Your Week | December 23


The holiday’s are in full swing (fa la la la la). Here’s some inspirational reads as you to kickback in front of the yule log. Good luck and keep pushing!

From the Beespace Blog
We’re a far cry from the Sally Struthers PSAs of the 1980s. Here’s our list of 10 of the most inspiring nonprofit ads, videos, campaigns and websites of 2013 via Beespace.

63% of 20-somethings want to start their own business via Inc, We’re betting a big chunk of these will focusing on profiting the world!

Ben Franklin’s daily routine ended with asking “What good have I done today.” What a slacker.

How big data is changing the face of philanthropy via Wall Street Journal. But are we measuring the right things?

Do more than “Like.” Facebook adds a donation button via Mashable.

A big misunderstanding? Here’s a good breakdown of the year’s most overused term via TNW

Are your donors safe? 40 million credit card details are stolen from Target via Wired.

How Charity:Water Won Over the Tech World via Forbes

What emotions trigger shares? This research analyzed a data set of 355 billion videos to find the answer via Contently.

Behind the design. How Apartment One created the Beespace brand via Apartment One.

How Paul Farmer would fix foreign aid. Spoiler alert, it looks a lot like the Adventure Project via Skoll World Forum



Great Charity Campaigns of 2013

We’re a far cry from the days of the Sally Struthers PSA. Here’s a list of some of our favorite nonprofit ads, videos and campaigns from the year. No methodology, no science, just some truly inspiring work.

World Humanitarian Day
United Nations

Girl Rising

What I Love
Climate Reality Project

Immortal Fans
Sport Club Recife

Chime for Change

Anar: Only for Children
Anar Foundation

Women Shouldn’t
UN Women

Should Your Birthplace Determine Your Future
Ubuntu Education Fund

Into the Arctic


Inspiration from Square, Gates, Droga5 and More to Kickoff Your Week


These are the days when daylight is short and the work hours are long. Here’s few inspiring reads to get you through the week.

From the Beespace Blog
As nonprofit leaders, we spend an inordinate amount of time trying to get people to say yes (donations, partnership, etc). Here’s a new post about why you should start saying “NO.” via Beespace

Check please! Want to grow your nonprofit? Read how Square grew to $3.25 billion and 600 staff in just four year via Growth Hackers.

“What makes something better is connection.” A great little animated short of Brene Brown’s talkon empathy via Fast Company.

If you give your time and money, no matter how big or small, you are a philanthropist. Check out this great microsite to see how your giving stacks up via NPR Marketplace.

What if Santa wrote to kids instead of kids writing to him? Well, that’s kind of the tradition withthe Gates Annual letter, where Bill Gates himself explains his priorities and focus for the year via Gates Foundation.

We’ve all hear a lot about big data. This report highlights the rise of data culture in the nonprofit sector via Whole Wale.

The 6 second donation appeal? Most nonprofits are not on Vine. But with well over 40 million users, you might want to think about getting started. Here’s a guide to getting on Vine. via. Mashable

A case study for the books! Check out how DKMS, Help Remedies and Droga5 recreated bone marrow registration via D&AD

When Bill Gates challenged Frog Design to create a kit to save infant lives, here’s what they came up with via Fast Company.

One year after the Sandy Hook shootings, here is a beautifully chilling visual of gun violence in 2013via Periscopic.


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