Applications are OPEN!
Applications for our 2024 cohort are open through
Sunday, November 26th, 2023 at 11:59pm ET
Tribe 12 Fellowship
ABout the Fellowship
The Tribe 12 Fellowship is an accelerator for entrepreneurial people in their 20s & 30s in Philadelphia's Jewish community.
Tribe 12 Fellows apply the tangible skills they learn and the network they build to create a capstone project of their own design: a new or existing business, non-profit, community, project or anything in between!
What do all the projects have in common? A "double bottom line", which is a business strategy which uses positive social impact as one measurement of success.
Our curriculum is based on the Stanford d.school’s Design Thinking Methodology, a human-centered approach to innovation used by hundreds of companies worldwide.
Our Fellows are immersed in rich, experiential business workshops taught by experts which teach key entrepreneurial skills such as prototyping, public speaking, financials, goal setting, and environmental scanning.
Tribe 12 enhances the robust business curriculum by incorporating key Jewish principles relating to self-discovery, philanthropy, and emotional intelligence.
Our alumni tell us over and over again: the power is in the network. Fellows treasure the opportunity to build something of their own while benefitting from the collective energy and support of a community.
The Fellowship is a cohort experience where Fellows learn alongside their peers and form lifelong friendships and business relationships.
Each Fellow is matched with two mentors: a coach, who is a successful professional in a related field; and a peer, who is a Tribe 12 Fellowship alumnus. Fellows also have access to a network of subject matter experts and our 150+ alumni who span every industry and area of expertise.
Our Fellows emerge with concrete takeaways — a toolkit of skills, an elevator pitch, a business plan, a public showcase of their project — as well as an enduring network in Philadelphia and in the greater Jewish community to support them as they continue to grow as people and as entrepreneurs.
The Fellow's socially responsible businesses go on to impact thousands of people locally and around the world.
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I am eternally grateful for this Fellowship. I have been able to create a supportive, brilliant, and loving community out of it... I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking to deepen their connection to themselves, foster community, and feel empowered to take their venture to the next level.
2018 Tribe 12 Fellow
I am so grateful for the experience of these past few months -- the concrete skills that have helped me improve and begin to expand my business, the spiritual intentions and rituals that bonded us in our learning, the Jewish values that bring Torah into the administrative side of running a business. The personal connections that have grown out of Tribe 12 -- and I know it’s just the beginning! -- are so rich and fulfilling. I can’t say enough good things about this cohort. I’m excited to see all our ventures blossom and to know we’re here for one another when things are hard.
2021 Tribe 12 Fellow
Monday, October 23rd, 2023: Applications open
Sunday, November 26th, 2023: Applications close at 11:59pm ET
Tuesday, December 5th, 2023: Interviews for the Tribe 12 Fellowship (virtual)
Friday, December 8th, 2023: Selected Fellows are notified of their acceptance
Thursday, January 11th, 2024: Welcome The Fellows Happy Hour (evening, Center City location TBD)
Friday, January 19th, 2024: Opening Shabbat dinner (optional, Bala Cynwyd location)
Sunday, January 28th, 2024: Kickoff retreat (9am-5pm), with lunch
Every Tuesday January 30th - April 16th, 2024: Program seminars (6-9pm), with dinner
Tuesday, May 7th, 2024: Culminating public event (6-9pm)
Friday, May 24th, 2024: Closing Shabbat dinner (optional, Mount Airy location)
All programming takes place in at the Weitzman Museum (5th & Market Streets, Philadelphia) unless otherwise noted.
GET IN TOUCH
Danielle Selber, our Tribe 12 Fellowship coordinator, is happy to answer your questions!
Danielle was a Fellow in the Fellowship's inaugural 2011 cohort and created Tribe 12's matchmaking initiative using the skills she learned in the program.
Contact her to ask questions or request a coffee!