SocEnt Events & Opportunities (September)

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Social impact startup CivicRise seeks Partnerships intern

CivicRise is an early-stage technology startup (founded by Tim Scales, Fuqua ’17) that seeks to mobilize effective, sustained, and measurable civic engagement. The CivicRise action app allows users to subscribe to organizations such as the ACLU or Planned Parenthood and receive targeted action alerts that they can complete through the app. The Partnerships internship is focused on seeking and developing relationships with issue-advocacy organizations who would use the app to mobilize their supporters. This would include researching prospects, creating outreach materials, assisting with pitches and demos, and other marketing/bizdev activities that we come up with together. We are looking for an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial person who is excited about the unpredictability of a startup and eager to jump in and make a difference. A passion for social entrepreneurship and/or civic engagement is a huge plus. Impeccable communication skills, professionalism, and follow-through are a must. A willingness to do the unglamorous work as well as the fun stuff is required, because that’s what we’re all doing here. If this looks like a good fit, email Tim at tim@civicrise.io with a resume and a quick note saying one thing you could bring to this role plus one thing you’d hope to gain from this experience.

Applications open: Duke Undergrad Net Impact Social Innovators Program

Please apply before Sunday, September 10 at 11:59pm.
Designed for students who want hands-on consulting experience working on business and tech strategy-related problems with local nonprofits or social enterprises. It will last from September 2017-April 2018. This is a great opportunity for students who are passionate about entrepreneurship and are enthusiastic about tackling social problems. Partners for this year include Durham Scrap Exchange, Trinket, Alliance of AIDS Services Carolina, and the Helius Foundation. The link to the application can be found here: Social Innovators Application. Email netimpactdukeundergrad@gmail.com with further questions.

Invention prize: Lemelson-MIT Student Prize applications open

The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching nationwide for the most inventive college students to compete for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize.
Applications are due by September 29, 2017. If you’re interested in applying or referring a student, please find further details on the application process and past winners here.
The invention competition is open to teams of undergraduate students and individual graduate students nationwide across four categories:
“Cure it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve healthcare
“Drive it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve transportation
“Eat it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve food and agriculture
“Use it!” for students with tech-based inventions that can improve consumer devices
Winners receive:
$15,000 to each winning graduate student
$10,000 to each winning undergraduate team
National media campaign
Exposure to investment and business communities
Trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2018

Volunteer with America Reads/America Counts

Priority Application for the Fall is September 8th @5pm
The America Reads/America Counts (ARAC) program is designed to enhance primary-level reading and math skills of children in Durham, while providing Duke University students the opportunity to give back to their community, gain work experience, and earn money. ARAC tutors are funded through Federal Work study.
Learn more here and apply here!


General Motors Info Session
Monday, September 11 | 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm
West Union Multipurpose room 068
Brought to you by: Career Center

National Academy of Sciences Special Lecture: In Search of Human Uniqueness
Thursday, September 7, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Griffith Film Theater, Bryan Center
About the speaker: Duke cognitive scientist Michael Tomasello has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. National academy membership is regarded as the highest recognition for a scientist. He earned a Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Georgina in 1980. He returned to teach at Duke in 2016 as the James F. Bonk Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and also has appointments in the Departments of Evolutionary Anthropology and Philosophy.
Click here to register for this event.

Africa in Conversation: Closing the Gap between Screening and Treatment using Pocket Colposcopy – Experience from Tanzania, United States and Peru
Tuesday, September 12
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Rubenstein Library Carpenter Conference, Room 249
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As part of the Duke Africa Initiative’s ‘Africa in Conversation Series’, Duke faculty members Nimmi Ramanujam, PhD and Marlee Krieger, MS will discuss cancer screenings in Tanzania, the U.S. and Peru. ‘Africa In Conversation’ is a new speaker series featuring the work of diverse faculty from a number of different disciplines at Duke University. ‘Africa In Conversation’ is an opportunity to learn about current research and work being conducted by faculty members, and provides a chance to get to know our colleagues working across the African continent.

Careers in Global Health: Thinking Outside of the Box Webinar
Thursday, September 14
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Webinar: Join Online
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Global Health University offers free webinars with leading experts in global health and social entrepreneurship.
Learn from leading experts about unique careers in global health. The webinar will include guidance and advice from five panelists, as well as ample opportunity to ask the speakers questions. Gain insight about paths to a career in global health, how to start a fulfilling career, and key tools for the hiring process, etc.

Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice
September 14 – 16
Various Locations (visit event website for more details)
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Register now for the culminating event of the 2014-2017 Mellon Grant at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Humanities Futures! The capstone conference, titled Health Humanities & Social Justice: Breath, Body, Voice, will focus on the health humanities. We define health on a continuum from the health sciences to states of health, and focus on social justice to bridge the lived experiences of health and wellness in both our academic and non-academic communities. Furthermore, in 2017, we ask: how are the humanities transforming health, and how is health transforming the humanities? And what do these mutual influences suggest concerning the health of the humanities? This conference will address the emergent field of health humanities through keynotes, panels, interactive workshops, and performances across a spectrum of arts – literary, theatrical, documentary, musical.

Triangle Health Innovation Challenge
Bringing together the Triangle’s best to build innovative solutions for improving healthcare.
September 15- 17
Trent Semans Center for Health Education, Durham
See details at http://www.thincweekend.org

Ignite Retreat
Duke students are eligible to apply for free tickets – deadline is Oct 3.
From Oct 20-22, college students from across the country are invited to the Ignite Retreat in Asheville, NC to explore what it means to be explore alternative career paths as a changemaker. Facilitators and speakers will guide students over 3 days through a hands-on experience to explore how their skills and gifts contribute to creating a better world. Prominent social entrepreneurs and community organizers will join student participants throughout the weekend to share their personal journeys and lessons they’ve learned over the years. There will be a dedicated track for students particularly interested in launching a social venture or changemaking project.
For more information and to register, visit www.IgniteRetreat.live
To apply for funding from Social Entrepreneurship at Duke I&E: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/conferencefundingapp

Global Accelerator Learning Initiative launches first ever student competition
On September 18th, we’ll officially invite undergraduate and graduate students to answer a key question for the field of entrepreneurship by analyzing our unique, global dataset on early stage entrepreneurs. The winning submission will be published on www.galidata.org and will be awarded a prize of $2,000. Plus up to two runner-up submissions may be awarded %500 each. The competition is open to individual and team submissions from universities around the world. Competition guidelines will be released on September 18th, and then submissions will be due November 3rd. Global Accelerator Learning Initiative

USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce Global Social Innovation Challenge
Colleges/universities world wide are invited to join the University of San Diego in the 8th year of student-driven social innovation. Can you imagine students from your university competing in sunny San Diego for $50,000+ in seed funding for their social venture while growing their global community of like-minded changemakers? USD provides the platform, a curriculum, and a global competition. Participating universities provide the students who are passionate about shaping a better world! Check out the website or schedule a call for more information.

15th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference,
April 14-15, 2018 | Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Register for the Global Health & Innovation Conference by August 31 for a highly reduced registration rate (50% lower than regular). The Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale, is the world’s leading and largest global health conferences as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,000 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, change makers, professionals and students from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

Open IDEO Intro Course for Human Centered Design and Prototyping- Open for Registration!
In partnership with Plus Acumen, IDEO.org offers this course for individuals looking to learn more about the human-centered design process. Both courses open on September 12, 2017.
Register Now – Introduction Course Sept 12 – Nov 14
Register Now – Prototyping Course Sept 12 – Oct 17

I&E-263S “Entrepreneurial Problem Solving in Global Health”
Wednesdays, 10:05am-12:35pm, Trent Hall, Room 124
Global health, both international and local, has a long way to go to support healthy lives. In this class, students will have the opportunity to gain understanding of how the Entrepreneurial method can help to improve health. This course is divided into several main sections: overview, theory of change, needs analysis, interventions, resource strategies, operational issues, evaluations and outcomes and finally a Promising Idea project. Each section will include various exercises, debate activities, interactive conversations, intersessions which might include fieldtrips on and off-campus, providing you with an experiential and interdisciplinary approach to learning the fundamental principles and application of Entrepreneurship. Students should be prepared to ambitiously step out of their comfort zone and into a new realm of learning and action. Taught by Dr. Dennis Clements, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Community & Family Medicine, and Global Health; see bio at http://globalhealth.duke.edu/people/faculty/clements-dennis

GoodCompany Ventures is hiring for two opportunities
Communications Associate, directing GCV’s communications and marketing strategy
Baldino Social Finance Fellowship, a one-year position supporting GCV’s venture capital, impact investing and nonprofit finance needs.
Questions? Devon Sanford, Senior Associate, GoodCompany Ventures devon@goodcompanygroup.org

Is your social venture facing a challenge that could benefit from a fresh perspective?
The Fuqua Client Consulting Practicum connects you with a team of carefully selected MBA students to help your project.
Client applications due September 30th: https://centers.fuqua.duke.edu/case/2017/06/19/fccp-2017/

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