Frequently Asked Questions 2018-03-06T18:47:02+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, don’t hesitate to reach out to Noah Fribley, Program Associate for Archetype, at noah.fribley@aspeninstitute.org or 970-544-7931.

What’s the deal with the in-person part of the application process? 2018-03-06T18:45:23+00:00

If you’re invited to participate in the second round of selection for ArcheType, we’re committing to provide a valuable learning experience for applicants that will also serve as an evaluative opportunity for us. You’ll participate in a day of workshops focused on self-awareness, collaboration, network building, and more. You’ll give your pitch to a supportive audience of experts and peers who will provide you with on-the-spot feedback. The workshops and activities will be designed to benefit you and your venture, and will come at no cost to you and with no strings attached.

Since this experience closely resembles key components of ArcheType, it will help us identify those evaluative attributes that make for a truly successful, cohort-driven experience. It will also provide us with a holistic understanding of you beyond your written application. As we did with the application, we’ll provide you with the criteria we use.

I started a venture with a partner, and we’d like to participate in Archetype together. Can we? 2018-03-06T18:45:05+00:00

Team ventures are encouraged to apply! Every team member has to be selected on their own personal merits and complete their own individual application. The venture portion of the application may contain similar information for all the partners; however, each partner will have separate, individual responses for the other sections of the application.

What if I think my venture isn’t far enough along, or what if I think it’s too far along? 2018-03-06T18:44:50+00:00

We’re not imposing strict cutoffs for how far along a venture must be. Part of ArcheType’s application is about demonstrated progress, and just as important is thoughtful planning and personal commitment. If you’re unsure about whether you and your venture make a good candidate for ArcheType, you can always reach out to us before you apply. Or, go ahead and apply and we’ll provide you with feedback at every step of the application process.

What do you mean when you talk about ventures? How does ArcheType define a venture? 2018-03-29T15:04:12+00:00

By definition, a venture is a risky or daring journey. When we talk about a venture, we mean an effort to create “project of passion” — a service, a product, or a campaign — that addresses a need or solves a problem. A venture could tackle any issue, local or global, and it could be non- or for-profit. ArcheType is specifically designed for ventures that go that extra step to disrupt for social good.

Who’s eligible to apply? 2018-03-06T18:44:05+00:00

If you’re an 18-24 year old living in the Chicagoland area with a active venture, we’re hoping you apply!

What are all the deadlines for the application process? 2018-03-06T18:43:47+00:00

We’re so happy you’re reading a question about deadlines! Here are the important dates:

  • Application period: April 9 – May 11 // priority deadline April 27.
  • Expect an email on May 30th letting you know if you’ve made it to the next round.
  • If selected to advance to the second round, you MUST be available on either June 8th or June 9th for in-person interview sessions.
  • Finalists will be notified on June 15th.
What can I expect to gain from participating in Archetype? 2018-03-06T18:41:43+00:00

We hope that by the end of your experience you will have gained methods for improving your venture, garnered soft skills essential to leading your work, fostered lasting relationships with your fellow cohort members, embraced new perspectives, and tapped into a vast networks of experts across Chicago and the Aspen Institute.

What kind of time commitment am I signing up for? 2018-03-06T18:41:22+00:00

Applicants will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. Given that this is our inaugural cohort, we estimate that approximately 10-15 hours will be spent on your venture per week in addition to two full-day sessions, once per month for four months and intermittent opportunities in the evenings throughout the course of the program. For an example of the schedule, see the page About ArcheType.

When you sign up for Archetype, we expect you to prioritize ArcheType-related sessions and events. Just as importantly, we ask that you commit to be curious and to be bold, to be eager to learn and be open to change.

Is there a program fee? 2018-03-06T18:41:01+00:00

No! All programming materials, food, and transportation to Washington, DC will be provided to participants for free. A limited budget for reimbursement for transportation to local sessions will be made available on a needs basis.

When does the program start and end? 2018-03-06T18:40:11+00:00

The program officially begins September 7, and our last gathering will be December 1. For those admitted to ArcheType, we will have an introductory celebration on July, TBD. Participants and facilitators can get to know each other and prepare for the experience ahead.