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9 Updates from Social Entrepreneurship (29 August 2016)

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I&E Fest is on August 31st 6-8pm!

As a part of First Big Week, Duke I&E will welcome you back to campus with a party at The Bullpen to showcase innovation & entrepreneurship at Duke! Come checkout our space on 215 Morris Street, Suite 300 in downtown Durham to learn more about a wide array of programs and clubs that focus on innovation and entrepreneurship at Duke.

*Free parking across the street and free shuttle from the East Campus Stop and from the West Campus Chapel Stop.

RSVP here


Seeking pro-bono business consultants for innovative startups in Africa

Gritcube (www.gritcube.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit accelerator that collaborates and strategizes with innovative startups in Africa to equip them with the tools to start operations, seek funding, and eventually scale. Gritcube was founded in 2015 by a group of individuals who have witnessed firsthand the immense local talent that could transform the private sectors of African countries. We chose Zambia because of our personal experiences understanding the business capacity needs of its entrepreneurs on-the-ground.

We are seeking consultants with a strong grasp of business fundamentals and the critical thinking skills to guide our startups through a 3-9 month acceleration program. Consultants will help startups define their value propositions, create minimum viable products, and structure key business operations, marketing, and funding strategies.

Consultants will gain hands-on, professional experience to advise startups based in Zambia. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated individuals interested in startup consulting and social entrepreneurship in developing countries.

Consultants selected to join Gritcube will be matched to one of our 5 startups. Check out our startups here: http://bit.ly/gritcube-2016-startups

For more information on what it means to be a consultant: www.gritcube.org/consultants

Apply here today!

Desired qualifications:
– Current business professional, MBA candidate, or MBA graduate preferred
– 2+ years work experience (preferably in strategy or management consulting, business advisory, startups, or have aspirations to enter these fields)
– Passion for pursuing global economic equality
– Excited about developing local startups in Africa
– Ability to dedicate 3-5 hours/week
– Commitment of 3-9 months, length of time depending on success of matched startup


Introducing a new social innovation & entrepreneurship blog

“Social Innovation Insights with Pamela Hawley” including “Dear Pamela”

Be a part of the conversation as social entrepreneur, Pamela Hawley blogs about her social innovation insights related to the topics of personal growth, global affairs, management, innovations in the marketplace, and social entrepreneurship. Submit your own specific questions through the “Dear Pamela” section of the blog! Pamela will respond publicly to one of these questions every other week.

Pamela Hawley is founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, an online nonprofit organization whose vision is to “create a world where giving and volunteering are a natural part of life.”

Based in San Francisco, UniversalGiving focuses on matching volunteers and donors with global opportunities, as well as raising money for international charities through its web-based marketplace. She is also the co-founder of VolunteerMatch, a nonprofit has paired over two million volunteers with non-profits. In her free time, she enjoys doing improv acting.
Pamela started in community service at age twelve, after experiencing life-changing poverty on a family vacation, which led her to volunteer all over the world. Some of Pamela’s many volunteer experiences include working with microfinance in rural India, sustainable farming in Guatemala, earthquake relief work in El Salvador, and computer training in Cambodia.
She has a Political Science degree cum laude from Duke University and a Masters in International Communication from the Annenberg School of Communications, USC. Pamela is on the Duke Northern California Board and Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship; part of Duke Angel Network (DAN); and most recently received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award for the Political Science Department at Duke University.


I&E Certificate Application Deadline September 9

The certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship enhances your Duke experience and helps you develop a crucial set of life skills that complement any Duke major. Whether you plan to start a venture, work in any industry, pursue a social entrepreneurship opportunity, or head off to graduate or professional school, skills in innovation and entrepreneurship will be essential for your success. Attend an information session to learn how certificate students are diversifying their Duke experience, setting themselves apart, connecting with alumni, and making an impact.

Info Sessions
Thursday, September 1
Session 1: 12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:15 pm
Location: Bryan Center Student Life Conference Room

To learn more, visit: https://www.entrepreneurship.duke.edu/certificate
Apply here: https://www.dukeonline.duke.edu/cert2/
Questions? Email certificate-entrepreneurship@duke.edu


The application for the Spring 2017 cohort of the Halcyon Incubator is open!

The program is seeking intrepid early stage social entrepreneurs with sustainable and scalable models that address critical 21st century challenges.

The Halcyon Incubator takes NO EQUITY and provides fellows with an immersive, residency-based program that supports the rapid development of their ventures. Program support includes:

  • 5 months of free housing at Halcyon House, a historic home in the heart of Georgetown, Washington DC
  • More than 12 months of free workspace at Halcyon House
  • $10,000 stipend per venture
  • One-on-one leadership coaching and mentoring
  • 1,000+ hours of legal, business, technology, legal, and communications advice from partners
  • Access to a deep network of thought leaders, supporters, and potential funders and investors

To find out more and start the application process, visit halcyonincubator.org. Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM EST on October 11, 2016 to be considered. Contact us at halcyonincubator@sandr.org with any questions.


Apply for $100K Future Cities Accelerator by 9/25

Apply for $100,000 and 9 months of support to scale your early-stage organization serving poor or vulnerable populations in U.S. cities!

Unreasonable Institute is teaming up with The Rockefeller Foundation to run the first ever Future Cities Accelerator: a program for highly-scalable early stage organizations with serving poor or vulnerable populations in U.S. cities. Selected organizations receive:

  • $100,000 in grant funding (whether for-profit or non-profit)
  • 6-weeks of online training in rapid prototyping from Tom Chi, former UX Lead at Google X,
  • A 5-day intensive bootcamp designed around scaling your organization
  • A mentor team of 3-4 relevant expert advisors
  • 9 months of fundraising training and coaching from For Impact, who has raised over $2 billion
  • An executive leadership coach
  • Free admission to SOCAP, the world’s largest gathering of impact investors and social entrepreneurs

Learn more at http://futurecitiesaccelerator.org/ and apply by September 25, 2016.
Reach out to Program Manager Sean at sean@unreasonableinstitute.org with any questions!


Duke Interdisciplinary Social Innovators (DISI) Application/ OPEN until 8/29

Join a DISI team this semester with students from all graduate schools at Duke to work on new solutions for social organizations in Durham and beyond! The DISI Fall 2016 Application is now open and will be accepting entries until August 29. We are looking for bright and motivated candidates at all levels – Consultants/Innovators, Managers, and Executive Board. Please check our website for more information.


Forbes Under 30 Summit

The Forbes Under 30 Summit is the world’s greatest gathering of young entrepreneurs and game-changers. We’re headed to Boston this year — October 16-19 — bringing together VIPs from our Forbes 30 Under 30 list and world class mentors for panels, demonstrations, pitch contests, networking and performances.

This year we’re also introducing a brand new opportunity for the country’s top students: The Forbes Under 30 Scholars. We’ve partnered with the nation’s top schools to give 1,000 of the best students a free pass to the Summit, with a content focus in their area of specialty, as well as complimentary lodging with host students in Boston. The Under 30 Scholars will also have the opportunity to meet one-on-one or in small groups with top recruiters from the best companies and startups in America. In short, we’re going to give you a life-changing professional experience.

The Forbes Under 30 Franchise represents the movers and shakers, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow. The best candidates for Under 30 Scholars are students who embody those tenets.

The opportunity is opened to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. A 3.3 minimum GPA is required. Students will be selected on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying the application can be found here.

If you have any questions, you can contact Taylor Culliver, Program Coordinator at Forbes, at tculliver@forbes.com.


Glamour Magazine College Women of the Year Competition deadline to apply 9/15

Glamour magazine is about to launch their annual College Women of The Year competition, where they honor amazing college women who are making a difference in their communities and the world. Last year’s class of winners included Duke grad Suhani Jalota who started a menstrual hygiene company in an Indian slum. Do you have any recommendations for extraordinary juniors or seniors who could apply this year for our 60th anniversary!? Could YOU apply?! Do you know someone who should apply? Entrants could receive $20,000, connections with leaders in their field, and a profile in a future issue. The deadline to apply is September 15th, 2016.

To apply for the 2017 contest, students should click here.

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