American Express


45 entrepreneurs will be selected into the 2014 American Express Emerging Innovators Boot Camps in New York City (June 4-6th), Mexico City (June 25-27th) and Toronto (June 18-20th)


Innovators can be working in any sector or region but must be early- or mid-stage


March 1, 2014 (U.S.), March 14, 2014 (Canada) & April 1, 2014 (Mexico)

Check out the 2013 American Express Emerging Innovators Campaign.

Read more about the 2013 Boot Camp and connect with innovators and thought leaders in the field of social entrepreneurship.

full prize details:

Prize Opportunity: 15 entrepreneurs will be selected into an American Express Emerging Innovators Boot Camp in New York City, Mexico City and Toronto, for a total of 45 entrepreneurs. This 2-day workshop will be held alongside top Ashoka Fellows and American Express executives. Accommodations and food plus a generous travel stipend are covered by American Express in partnership with Changemakers.

Criteria: Innovators must be from Mexico, Canada or U.S. and must be early- or mid-stage (defined as operating for less than 5 years or with limited local operation that is poised to scale). Innovators will be evaluated on demonstrated leadership, the strength of their innovation and their potential for growth in the social sector.

Previous winners:

Check out previous American Express Emerging Innovators who attended the 2012 & 2013 Boot Camps in New York City, Toronto and Mexico City!

2012 & 2013 American Express Thought Leaders

are experts in leadership, social change and entrepreneurship whose perspectives will serve as a resource and tool for emerging social innovators around the world. Click below for interviews with these Thought Leaders!


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June 26th


July 10th

about the funder:


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