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Our Mission

The mission of the Kirchner Fellowship is to strengthen impact investing ecosystems in areas underserved by capital markets through training and empowering a diverse next generation of investors to allocate equity investments into early-stage companies.

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The Kirchner Fellowship is an opportunity for students to have discretion over investment decisions, with a focus on companies applying ground-breaking technologies that can provide sustainable solutions.

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The Kirchner Fellowship Program is designed specifically for identifying and training the next generation of impact capital allocators capable of understanding and investing effectively in the early-stage companies and innovations.

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At the university level, excellent progress has been made in identifying promising technologies; training teams of entrepreneurial thinkers and doers who understand the important role of for-profit, sustainable enterprises that make a difference.

The Program

The Kirchner Fellowship is a pioneer in the lean impact investment movement, harnessing the power of highly committed next generation talent to find, fund and assist promising socially responsible, for-profit agricultural businesses.

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the challenge

Awareness is growing for the need of entrepreneurial business solutions to address global challenges.
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the opportunity

The Kirchner Fellowship is an opportunity for student leaders to be engaged in impact investment decisions.
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The Requirements

Fellows must be enrolled in university and are expected to approach their home institution for academic credit for any work completed.
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Our Fellows

We believe the next generation is uniquely qualified to find, fund and assist promising conscious agriculture businesses. They have a native understanding of the coming possibilities of a networked, customized and distributed world.

  • Shivani Desai

    Shivani is a graduate student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where she is focusing on Environmental Policy and International Business. She has over seven years of experience in the international development space – consulting with nonprofits and social businesses on their organizational strategies and programs, advising private funders on their philanthropic investments, and managing multi-year implementation projects in South Asia.

  • Shisbeth Tábora

    Shisbeth, originally from Honduras, is a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Toxicology, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University. She earned her M.Sc. in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Wildlands Science and Management with a Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology at Texas Tech University.

  • Brian Ezeonu

    Brian is a Ph.D. Candidate at Auburn University; where his research focuses on international development, global finance, and governance. He earned an MA. in Economics from Georgia State University (GSU) and a BSc. in Economics from University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN).

  • Lili Marlene Pérez López

    Lilí Marlene is pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Global Business at Tecnológico de Monterrey. She is a member of the prestigious “Líderes del Mañana” program, and has been awarded a full scholarship.

  • Jose Luis Quintana Carrillo

    Jose Luis is pursuing a Master’s degree in innovation for enterprise development and holds a background as a biotechnology engineer from Tecnologico de Monterrey.

  • Arturo Macias Ortiz

    Arturo Macias Ortiz is completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Engineering from the esteemed Instituto Tecnológico de Celaya this summer before gearing up to begin a Master’s degree in Project Management at Summa University in Florida this fall.

  • Wilberforce Twinamatsiko

    Wilberforce is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Computer Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

  • Zaire Dartez

    Zaire is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Business at Morgan State University. She is an advocate for unconventional ventures and disruptive innovations in the realm of venture capital.

  • Malcolm Bilal

    Malcolm is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina.

  • Celestina Brenes Porras

    Celestina is a Political Scientist from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) and an Internationalist from the National University (UNA).

  • Itnan Vargas Venegas

    Itnan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering at the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

  • Sianny Chavarria Zamora

    Sianny is an animal science specialist from the University of Costa Rica. She is currently studying for a master’s degree in industrial engineering with a focus on administration.