Bangalore, Karnataka, India
INK, India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories, is inviting applications for its prestigious INK Fellows Program. The Fellows initiative provides young change-makers a platform for discovery and exposure while also equipping them with the mentorship, support, networks and specially designed opportunities necessary to help take their brilliant work to the next level. INK will select 20 young leaders to comprise the class of 2016.
The Program is now entering its seventh year. Current Fellows include Kaushal Dugar, founder of Teabox, an Indian startup that is disrupting the $40 billion global tea industry and was most recently in the news for raising an undisclosed round of funding from Ratan Tata; Anshulika Dubey, co-founder of Wishberry, India’s first and most successful crowdfunding platform for creative ideas; Richa Singh, co-founder of Your D.O.S.T, an emotional support network for people to anonymously discuss their problems with qualified and experienced individuals; and Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction.
Fellows from previous years include actor/writer-producer Kalki Koechlin, director Anand Gandhi, mountaineer and Padma Shri awardee Arunima Sinha, visual artist Shilo Shiv Suleman, photographer Vicky Roy, entrepreneur Neeraj Kakkar, and bestselling author Varun Agarwal.
“INK is a place where I have met the most fascinating people from all walks of life – dancers, engineers, scientists, film stars and so on. It helped me broaden my perspective in many ways. By being a part of this dynamic community, it just fosters the feeling every single day that with passion and hard work EVERYTHING is possible. Even though INK is so big and so organised, it still feels like a small family who will be there for you. Being an INK fellow has clearly been one of the milestones of my life”, says INK Fellow Richa Singh, co-founder of Your D.O.S.T.
INK Fellow Kaushal Dugar, founder of Teabox adds, “INK Fellows is a gathering of the most diverse and accomplished group of people who are all high achievers, and their accomplishments are nothing of sort of inspiring. Be prepared to be inspired beyond human levels.”
Since its inception in 2010, the INK Fellows Program has identified 133 young achievers from across the world who have demonstrated their ability to be path-breakers in fields as diverse as art, science, technology, entrepreneurship, social impact, music, and architecture, just to name a few. It has also enabled access to potential customers, funding and mentorship opportunities, not to mention providing these young change-makers an enriching community of peers for collaboration and support.
“INK is a privileged place to be. Being part of a group of wonderful achievers at INK, one feels like they have arrived! And beyond that, it feels like this community is almost second to your family in giving you direction and encouragement to go beyond your limits! Personally, I have met some awe-inspiring people. INK opens up the door for great collaborations”, says INK Fellow Anshulika Dubey, Co-founder of Wishberry.
Applications to this year’s program are open to individuals aged between 18 and 40 years, from any country and field of work and can be filed by answering an online questionnaire available on the website http://inktalks.com/fellows/apply or by uploading a 3-minute video on YouTube and including it in the application form. INK also encourages nominations; those interested in nominating candidates can access the form at http://inktalks.com/fellows/apply
Shortlisted candidates who make it to the second stage will be called upon to provide additional information in support of their application and to be interviewed. Applications to the initial stage will close on April 8th.
INK is India’s foremost platform for the exchange of cutting-edge ideas and inspiring stories. Based out of Bangalore, India, INK is known for events such as the annual INK Conference, INK Asia, and INK Salons. Video releases from live events are available at inktalks.com. Beyond live events, INK is a community that transforms imagination to impact, as demonstrated by programs such as INK Fellows and INK Makers.
The INK Conference is an annual celebration of thinkers and doers from diverse walks of life. CEOs, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, scientists, artists, musicians, and more come together, leading to an exciting percolation of ideas, collaboration and chance encounters. Past speakers include actor Irrfan Khan, Hollywood director James Cameron, Facebook India head Kirthiga Reddy, technology entrepreneur Joi Ito, and designer Philippe Stark, just to name a few.