AOC General Info

The Agents of Change Fellowship (AOC) is a unique, year-long acceleration program at the Centre for Social Innovation NYC (CSI) that helps high-potential social entrepreneurs with strategic growth aimed at increasing their social impact.  

At CSI we are driven by the principle that by working collectively we can create truly innovative ways to make the world a better place.  Launched in 2013 and sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Small Business Forward Initiative, the AOC program has supported dozens of talented changemakers and has welcomed them into CSI’s vibrant community of social impact leaders.  


What are the application criteria?

To be considered, applicants and their businesses or organizations must:

  • Own a social impact business or lead a nonprofit organization whose core demographic served is women and/or girls.

  • Have been in operation for at least three years.

  • Have an annual revenue of at least $50,000 from the sale of products and/or services or from other funding sources (i.e. grants, donations, sponsorships, etc. if nonprofit).

  • Be willing to travel to NYC for monthly AOC Fellows Meeting.

What do AOC Fellows receive?

  • Access to the CSI coworking space and community for the duration of the fellowship:

    • Full-time (24-hour) access to CSI's dynamic and inspiring coworking space.

    • Membership to CSI community of collaborative changemakers for mentoring, insight, feedback, connections and resources.

    • Facilitated connections to CSI's rich network.

  • Business strategy & growth support:

    • Through our program partner, Silver Lining, all Fellows are automatically enrolled in the Silver Lining Action Plan (SLAP) program. Each Fellow will build an in-depth, 1-year growth plan and receive ongoing training, support, and accountability as they work to hit their goals.

  • Targeted professional development that builds essential skills for business growth and increased social impact.

  • Introductions and connections to dynamic experts who will be featured speakers at monthly AOC Fellows Meetings, provide mentoring, and serve as valuable connections for AOC Fellows.

  • Peer learning and support: The small cohort size offers AOC Fellows a close peer community for sharing ideas ideas, resources, feedback, connections, and support.

What are the program requirements for AOC Fellows?

  • Attend the initial Kickoff Event.

  • Attend two-hour, monthly Fellows Meetings where participants will learn skills and strategies from experts, connect with industry leaders, and share progress with each other.

  • Be an active presence in the CSI community by working in the space and attending CSI events.

  • Meet for one hour each month with your assigned Growth Buddy.

Do I have to work at the CSI coworking space?

We encourage you to use the CSI space to work on and develop your growth strategy. Use of the space is a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs to step away from the day-to-day management of their businesses or organizations to immerse themselves in designing and implementing long-term and sustainable growth strategies. Being present at CSI on a regular basis is key to building strong relationships with your cohort peers as well as getting the most out of the broader CSI community.

Have more questions?  

Please feel free to contact Elizabeth Keane at