Today’s talented young people are the opinion leaders and decision makers of tomorrow. We want to introduce them early on to our areas of interest so that they can work with us to move forward in those areas in the future. Accordingly, the Jacobs Foundation provides support for young people in fields related to its thematic priorities.
Since 2015, the Foundation and the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business have selected three young people each year to participate in a two-year Entrepreneurship Career Program. In 2017, the Foundation has expanded the program and collaborated with MIT Sloan School of Management to support one outstanding student. While pursuing an MBA degree, the fellows at both schools receive specialized training in social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, social innovation and development engineering. While the expertise they acquire benefits the fellows themselves, it also plays an important role in the development and implementation of our educational program in Ivory Coast.
The fellows come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including healthcare, microfinance, social entrepreneurship and education. Specialized modules allow them to tailor the program to their needs and advance in their professional careers.