Adese Fellowship: Frequently Asked Questions for Applicants
Q: Do I have to be part of the United Church of Christ?
A: No. The program is open to any faith-driven entrepreneur who is committed to a just world for all.
Q: What is the time commitment?
A: Adese calls for a significant time commitment. The 12-month program is built around three three-day retreats (see 2018 schedule here) plus monthly video conference calls in between. The program requires in-depth reading, writing and online dialogue, which amounts to several hours a week of study and reflection outside of the retreats and video conference calls. Moreover, participants build their enterprises along the way, which likely requires a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Q: Must I have business experience?
A: No. Business experience is not required; however, successful applicants demonstrate an understanding of business and an aptitude to learn and apply business practices, such as planning, budgeting and marketing.
Q: Can I enter the fellowship with a project or enterprise already underway?
A: Yes. Applicants with early-stage ventures are encouraged to apply. An early-stage venture is less than 18 months old and is still in development, meaning the venture is still testing its concept or just making its first foray into the market.
Q: Is the program for nonprofit or for-profit enterprises?
A: The program supports entrepreneurs who seek to create nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid (e.g. B Corp, LC3 or other) ventures.
Q: Is a sponsoring organization required for my startup?
A: No. But a sponsoring organization (church, nonprofit or other enterprise) can be helpful in terms of resources, such as space and financial support.
Q: Must I already have investors or grant support?
A: No. The program will help you figure out financial sustainability and prepare you to raise support.
Q: Do I have to pay for the program?
A: No. All program-related expenses — travel, lodging and meals — are paid for accepted applicants.
Q: Is there an educational requirement for applicants?
A: Yes. Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university before the fellowship commences.
Q: Do my references have to come from an employer or former employer?
A: No. Your two references should be from people who can speak to your capacity to thrive in Adese. References can be from employers or former employers as well as pastors, colleagues, teachers and others.
Applications for the 2018 Adese cohort are closed.