Agents of Change

Since 2013, the Centre for Social Innovation’s (CSI) Agents of Change program has supported dozens of New York City’s most talented changemakers. Each year, this unique program helps introduce a new range of partners and stakeholders to the CSI community, one that is driven by working collectively to make the world a better place.
And now, we’re starting 2016 with another call to arms: this time, we’re on the hunt for business owners and social impact entrepreneurs who are serious about creating economic opportunity in underserved communities throughout New York City...
Agents of Change: Opportunity Builders, sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s Small Business Forward initiative, will bring together 12 extraordinary leaders who are working to revitalize low-income neighborhoods and catalyze economic growth, culminating in the chance to pitch their project to high net-worth investors and funders. 
Winners will receive free desk space, customized business growth planning, and the opportunity to join the Centre for Social Innovation’s dynamic community of changemaking entrepreneurs. 



  • Access to CSI’s community of collaborative changemakers for mentoring, insight, feedback, connections, and resources.
  • Access to CSI’s dynamic and inspiring workspace.
  • A suite of practical tools and resources for setting crystal clear growth goals, creating an action plan, prioritizing the right actions for hitting growth goals, and tracking success along the way.
  • A team of other Fellows to learn from, brainstorm with, and work through challenges during structured support opportunities. This includes access to the growing Agents of Change Alumni Network.
  • Targeted professional development that builds essential skills for business growth


  • They own a business or lead an organization that serves an underserved community in any of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • They are currently in operation, and they have revenue from the sale of products and services or other funding sources
  • They have a business model that creates economic opportunity in resource-poor communities



Past Agents of Change: Class of 2015

Credit Do

Credit Do's aims to break the cycle of financial exclusion specific to youth’s patterns with credit cards, work opportunity and affordability of college.


Safe Passage Project Corporation

Safe Passage Project Corporation addresses the unmet legal needs of immigrant youth living in New York by ensuring they know about the legal options and services available to them.


TYTHEdesign's Community Capacity Lab

TYTHEdesign's Community Capacity Lab equips civil servants and nonprofit professionals with the capacity to integrate design thinking processes into the way their agencies design and deliver services.


New Women New Yorkers (NWNY)

NWNY is a cross-community nonprofit dedicated to empowering young women immigrants, particularly low-income women and single mothers, living in New York City.


Appigi, LLC

Appigi is a directory and data tool for social service professionals used to ensure their clients are safe, healthy, housed, educated, and employed.




PopUp Forest: Times Square

PopUp Forest: Times Square will put a slice of real nature in the heart of NYC.





BK Farmyards

BK Farmyards is a collective of urban farmers dedicated to the advancement of social justice through urban agricultural production and training.


White Roof Project

White Roof Project paints the roofs of low-income and non-profit buildings white to promote environmental education, advocacy and community building while reducing the summer temperatures on the inside.



Akimbo’s mission is to build an inclusive workforce by connecting underserved individuals to professional opportunities.



#YesWeCode, an initiative of Dream Corps Unlimited

#YesWeCode is a national initiative committed to training 100,000 low-opportunity youth to become high-level computer programmers.


The CHAMPION Network

CHAMPION Network is a 1-year membership-based employment program for young adults who are looking learn, grow and flourish in their careers.