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Fellowships and Accelerator Programs Currently Accepting Applications

Whether you’re into climate and energy technologies, government and public service, or advancing your career in the music industry, here are some of the regional fellowships and accelerators accepting applications:

City of Detroit Mayoral Fellowship 

Who should apply: undergraduate and graduate students 

Compensation: $600/week 

More info 

The Mayoral Fellowship Program is aopportunity for engaged, motivated, and civic-minded graduate/undergraduate students from all disciplines to apply their coursework to one of the greatest municipalities in the world: the City of Detroit. 

Participants will serve the people of Detroit by supporting policy, communications, and public engagement initiatives within the city government. By working hand-in-hand with senior staff across many different City of Detroit departments and sister agencies throughout the city, interns will offer recommendations and possibly implement programs that improve the lives of Detroit’s 673,000 residents. This unique opportunity to work with current decision makers and assist in the implementation of strategy will distinguish you and your skillset to any future employer. 

Motown Accelerator 

Who should apply: Detroit musicians, bands, and producers looking to take their career to the next level 

Compensation: $20,000 grant 

Contact: Motown Accelerator Director, Suai Kee at  

Application info 

Motown Accelerator is an education and grant initiative designed to help music communities level up and break out. Motown Accelerator hosts free public programming accessible to the entire community and also offers dedicated support to artists that have the capability of putting cities on the map as a factory for talent.  

Applicants must: 

  • Be an individual artist* or band** creating original music. 
  • Live in Metro Detroit. If a band is applying, 50% of members must live within Metro Detroit. 
  • All be at least 16 years old. 
  • Be able to participate full-time in the 12-week accelerator (approximately 20-40 hours per week). 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to making a full-time career in music. 

*An “artist” is defined as someone who creates original music of any genre – a songwriter, instrumentalist, vocalist, producer. 

**A band must appoint at least one member to participate in the program full-time, and other band members will be required to participate at certain times of the program. 

Previous accelerator artists include B Free, asante, Madelyn Grant and more!  

Challenge Detroit Fellowship 

Who should apply: recent or soon-to-be college grads or Detroiters already employed in the community development space 

Compensation: salary + benefits with host company 

Contact: Paulette Bolofer-Fulkerson, Talent and Engagement Manager and Let’s Detroit Ambassador,  

More info 

Challenge Detroit cultivates diverse, innovative, community-minded leaders from the city and across the country, fostering their talents to support local initiatives that move Detroit forwardMeet the current Fellows! 

As a Fellow, you will:  

  • have the opportunity to live, work, play, give and lead in and around the city; 
  • gain valuable leadership, project management and team-building skills through a multi-faceted leadership development program; 
  • learn and leverage the art of design thinking; 
  • collaborate with multiple Detroit-based nonprofits to support them in moving their missions forward through various strategic, community-focused projects; 
  • connect with and form meaningful relationships with the broader Challenge Detroit community as well as your cohort; 
  • gain access to cultural and professional events; 
  • join a network of over 270 alumni Fellows! 

Opportunities for CleanTech, ClimaTech & Circular Economy Innovators 

Who should apply: entrepreneurs  

Compensation: varies by program 

Contact: Dan Radomski, Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Tech University, 

More info 

New C3 Accelerator to Fast Track Cleantech, Climatech, Circular Economy Hardware Technology 

Centrepolis will be launching a new C3 Accelerator that supports innovation in Cleantech, Climatech, Circular Economy technology.  A formal program will be introduced in 2021 supporting tech companies in this area with 1on1 assistance as well as up to $250,000 in grants and loans for a select group of companies.  Applications will be available soon.  Stay tuned for more details.   

Michigan Cleantech Hardware Accelerator program 

Centrepolis is offering the Michigan Cleantech Hardware Accelerator program as funded by the Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE).  The program supports Michigan-based entrepreneurs and small businesses who are developing cleantech hardware products or processes that provide an energy efficiency or energy waste reduction benefit. Funding support can be applied for to support product development and demonstration activities. 

NextCycle Michigan – A New Recycling Accelerator Program 

NextCycle Michigan is a State of Michigan initiative with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), managed and facilitated by Resource Recycling Systems (RRS), in collaboration with the Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University, and the Michigan Recycling Coalition.  NextCycle Michigan provides an opportunity for businesses, investors, NGOs, trade organizations, and others to contribute significantly to the growth of recycling and the circular economy in Michigan.  Entities can contribute to the program design, team recruitment and review, and investment award pool.  The program utilizes Innovation Challenges to globally crowd source the best technologies and ideas to improve the repurposing of waste streams that are difficult to recycle or reuse.  We are looking for industry partners who have a problematic waste stream that are not easily recycled as well as innovators that have technology solutions to solve these challenges. 

Michigan EIBC 9th Annual Energy Innovators Conference 

The virtual conference will take place via Zoom. Michigan EIBC invites you to join us on Wednesday, April 7 from 9:10 am to 12:30 pm  

9th Annual Energy Innovators Conference  

InvestMidwest and the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium 

InvestMidwest and the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium unite for a second year to present innovative ventures to an online audience of top-tier investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, and business executives at the virtual event.  

April 27-28, 2021  

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