This past May, Lindsay McBride '23 was selected as a fellow to The Germination Project, which recruits Philadelphia's best and brightest for a lifelong fellowship. According to their website, The Germination Project is, "creating a self-sustaining, and perpetuating ecosystem for Philadelphia’s next generation of leadership."
The Germination website states that the project, "seeks to catalyze and energize an elite cadre of ambitious young men and women, brought together by their talent, drive and commitment to putting their gifts into service for the benefit of our city, our nation, and wherever their vision and ambition may lead them."
It accepts just 12% of applicants each year, and Lindsay is the first ever fellow from the Academy of Notre Dame.
As a part of the program's annual "bootcamp" with Penn Medicine, the fellows were split into three teams over the summer, with one task: convince a panel to invest a mock $1 billion in Penn Medicine's research. They were tasked with crafting a 5,000 word investment memorandum along with a 45 minute pitch.
"Most 16 year-olds have never heard of an 'hurdle rate' or 'internal rate of return'. But by August, we basically became experts," said McBride.
McBride's team collaborated throughout the summer culminating in a presentation in Philadelphia in August. Throughout that same week, some of Penn Medicine's best doctors, researchers, and CEOs gave lectures to the fellows.
"Following the program, I was selected to Mary Gay Scanlon's Congressional Youth Cabinet, and so were a few other fellows, actually. We have been able to collaborate and connect way further than the bounds of The Germination Project - I'm really grateful for the opportunity." said McBride.