News & Events
North Carolina Innovation Conference
Saturday April 16th, 10AM-5PM
@ The Frontier, 8000 Park Offices Dr, RTP, NC 27709
Let’s innovate NC (LiNC) is an all-day conference centered around entrepreneurship. Students from Duke University, NC Central University, NC State University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will be coming together with alumni and entrepreneurs from the community to showcase their ventures, discuss innovative ideas, and spur the development of the Triangle’s student innovation community.
The day will include brunch, keynote speaker Ted Zoller (president of the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, panels of alumni entrepreneurs, career fair, workshops, startup showcases, and more. Flyer and schedule attached.
Bit.ly Link: http://bit.ly/linc2016
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/letsinnovatenorthcarolina/
2nd Annual mHealth@Duke Shark Tank Competition
Friday April 15th, 3-5PM
@ Fuqua Connally Classroom
Watch 5 team pitch their ideas in Shark Tank competition! Refreshments will be served during the networking break! Flyer attached.
American Underground Social Entrepreneurship Happy Hour
RSVP for the next Social Entrepreneurship Happy Hour hosted by Duke I&E in their beautiful downtown Durham space. Apr 21 at 5:30pm at 215 Morris St. RSVP here!
Get inspired! Meet others interested in social entrepreneurship and doing good through business. Swap ideas and enjoy delicious free beer c/o Duke I&E.
Middlebury College’s June Forum
Join Middlebury for its fifth annual June Forum, June 11–14, 2016, on the Middlebury Bread Loaf Campus, hosted by the Center for Social Entrepreneurship. This year’s themes will be “Mindfulness, Inclusivity, and Best Practices.” Mindfulness, as many educators have discovered in recent years, can be a touchstone to a more satisfying, ‘slow learning’ process in higher- and secondary-ed. Inclusivity, in its many forms, strengthens communities and creates infinite possibilities for all. Together, they are essential priorities these days for educators who are trying to shape the lives of humble, empathetic changemakers. Participants will explore how mindfulness and inclusivity can enhance social innovation education.
To join the Forum, register here.
Friday May 20th, 11:30AM-1:30PM, lunch included
@ IBM Headquarters RTP
Ready for a different luncheon experience?
Join us for an event that highlights social entrepreneurs . . . and helps fund their ideas. You take part in the judging and bid on ideas that will win cash awards. This is an event filled with inspiration, creativity (and a touch of competition!), bringing attention to women and people of color who are currently underrepresented in the entrepreneurial community. The Triangle, known for its innovative spirit, will thrive as the changing demographics of the region are reflected in our future leaders and innovators.
- Hear pitches. Bid on Ideas. Fund Innovative Solutions.
- Pitches of four to six entrepreneurs working on social issues facing our community
- Attendees will bid on the idea they feel has the most impact potential
- All of the entrepreneurs will keep the money from the bids on their ideas
- The entrepreneur with the highest total will win the grand prize award
Keynote speaker: Sterling Freeman – Leadership & Organizational Development Consultant
Idea Generation/Next is an event focused on cultivating diversity in the entrepreneurial sector. Entrepreneurs who are women or people of color are invited to submit your ideas here. (Submission deadline: April 11th, 2016.)
ThinkHouse recruiting Duke Entrepreneurs
Attention Duke Entrepreneurs!
Are you looking to get your venture to the next level and do you want to live in a very cool house with other motivated change-makers? We encourage you to check out a unique 10-month living-learning accelerator in Raleigh called the ThinkHouse.
During the 10-month residential program, seven selected Fellows build a diverse network of connections in the Triangle and nationally. Launched by the partners of HQ Raleigh, the ThinkHouse Venture Accelerator is a hands-on boot camp to help emerging entrepreneurs/ social entrepreneurs develop a viable product/service and get to market quickly. Specifically, through ThinkHouse’s three-part, mentor-fueled process we help you: validate market demand and rapidly prototype new concepts; get to market with established benchmarks and feedback loops; and develop a scalable platform with sustainable revenue.
More information can be found at www.thinkhouse.us
TechCon2016 Innovation Marketplace
Students and young professionals around the world are forging new solutions to global development needs. By applying novel approaches to Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP), these innovative projects challenge existing assumptions and advance our understanding of what works in global development. The Innovation Marketplace, hosted by the U.S. Global Development Lab, will showcase the talent of students and young innovators who are using STIP to tackle global challenges.
The Innovation Marketplace will take place on November 10th –12th on MIT’s campus, as a feature of the Higher Education Solutions Network’s (HESN) TechCon 2016. Throughout the course of the competition, individuals or teams of students, young professionals, or postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to gain exposure, build support for their innovative product, service, or research, receive technical feedback, and practice their pitching skills. Although all accepted applicants will be able to attend TechCon, one winner from each category will go on to receive the grand prize after the final round.
Click here for links and guidelines.
Application due May 31, 2016.
Amplify Agricultural Innovation Challenge
Around the world, millions of farmers work tirelessly to feed their families and communities. But in spite of their efforts, over 42% of the food these farmers produce is never consumed. Instead, it is lost during harvest, or on the journey from farm to market. The consequences are immense – closing this gap has the potential to feed one billion people and improve livelihoods for farmers.
For our fifth Amplify challenge, we are calling on entrepreneurs, NGOs, designers and social innovators to develop solutions that reduce waste and improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers. We are focusing on a few key areas where new solutions can have a big impact, including: improving access to markets, ensuring farmers have access to relevant information, using technology in new ways and financial services.
From now until May 2nd at 9 am PDT, you can add your idea for a chance to win a grant of between $50,000 and $150,000, and ongoing design support from IDEO.org. Learn more about our challenges here – we hope you share news of this opportunity widely with your networks.
Clarion Content Seeking Summer Interns
Clarion Content is a Durham based, Durham-centric, on-line magazine. We cover arts, politics, and culture in Durham.
We are specifically seeking one to three interns this Summer. Our previous interns have gone on to a variety of successes, from high schoolers who vaulted to the Ivy League to UNC-CH Journalism Majors for whom we were the last stop before they were hired by a major media outlet. We have separate internships available in: Social Media, Advertising Sales and Development, and Journalism.
Debitize Seeks Students for Product Beta Test
Debitize is a personal finance tool (recently named a top 10 personal finance app!) that makes it easy to use credit cards responsibly by giving users the discipline of a debit card — so they can earn rewards and build credit without worrying about overspending or missing a payment.
Debitize co-founder Jeff Hu is a Duke alum currently looking for some tech- and budget-savvy students to beta test the product. Debitize is also offering $20 Amazon gift cards to people who sign up.
Contact Jeff Hu at email@example.com for more details.
Ivonna Dumanyan and Gabby Levac win ACC InVenture Competition
Congrats to Duke student Ivonna Dumanyan and Duke alum Gabby Levac!! First prize ($10,000) at the inaugural ACC InVenture Prize, as selected by the judges! Ivonna was part of last year’s Melissa & Doug Entrepreneurs. Facebook photos here.
Suhani Jalota named one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women of 2016
Duke student Suhani Jalota ’16 was just named one of Glamour’s Top 10 College Women AND won the $20,000 grand prize! Suhani founded the Myna Mahila Foundation for women in India.
Read the Glamour feature here.