How It Works



We provide extraordinary youth with seed funding for their out-of-the-box solutions to issues they care about.

We are Sidekicks. These extraordinary young people are Cosmic Heroes.


Step 1: Nominate

Students or groups of students are nominated by teachers, coaches, community leaders or others who believe in their heroic potential.

Step 2: Invite proposals

A special committee known as the Hero Development Bureau reviews nominations. Select nominees are invited to submit a proposal for seed funding.

Step 3: Proposal development & review

Nominees submit a project proposal and budget for their idea to change the world — with feedback and coaching from the Hero Development Bureau. Proposals are submitted to The Sidekick Collective Board of Directors for final selection.

Step 4: Fund & support

Cosmic Heroes gain access to seed funding for a project to save the world — and a network of sidekicks to help. (The number of heroes and projects selected varies by year and funding availability.)