SocEnt Events & Opportunities (September/October)

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Glamour College Woman of the Year Competition
Deadline: October 1st
Each year for the last 61 years, Glamour has been recognizing ten outstanding college women: scientists, athletes, activists, businesswomen. The one thing they have in common, aside from being in college, is that they’re incredible at what they do. We’re looking for students with strong leadership skills, who excel in extracurricular activities or athletics, and give back to their community or campus in some way. Entrants could receive $10,000, connections with leaders in their field, and a profile in a future issue. Last year was incredibly special—we connected our winners with mentors at an intimate luncheon which included guests like Robin Roberts, Martha Stewart, and Katie Couric. Here is the link to the application.
Questions? Contact Jessica Militare, Assistant Editor at GLAMOUR
T: 212-286-2252 | | @ohheythisisjess

Join Duke First Hand- Alumni Mentor Network
We’re running an experiment with a service that can help connect you with a Duke alumni mentor to either 1) talk about your startup venture, 2) give you advice on pursuing an entrepreneurship or social entrepreneurship career. Since we launched earlier this year, we’ve had over 400 Duke alumni mentors sign up, and hosted about 100 student consultations.

Sign up now (it’s free) and schedule your first mentor conversation.
(if you register using your LinkedIn profile, it will pullover your career info)

Apply for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)
Empowering student entrepreneurs to become the world’s most influential changemakers.
Join Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) for a global competition. The GSEA live competition platform provides a once-in-a-lifetime chance for participating student entrepreneurs to learn & grow. Selected students compete against their peers and present their business to a panel of judges. Start with your local Raleigh- Durham competition for a shot at competing regionally and advancing to the Global Finals, where you will go head-to-head with other national winners!

About GSEA Requirements:
Enrollment in a university/college at time of application
Operation of business for at least 6 months prior to the application with generated revenue of $500 or $1,000 in investment/backing
Age cap of 35 years old
Must be an undergraduate or graduate student, as defined by the level of collegiate education following secondary/high school
About EO:
EO is a global business network of over 12,000 entrepreneurs in 167 chapters throughout 52 countries, and is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading
entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once in-a-lifetime experiences & events, and connections to experts.
Learn more about EO.
Local: $2K (1st Place)
National: $10K (1st Place) | $5K (2nd Place) | $2.5K (3rd Place) Plus Prize Gifts
1st Place Global Prize: $20K + Over $20k in Prize Gifts
For more info, please contact Krista Moore:

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 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.

Invention prize: Lemelson-MIT Student Prize applications open
deadline September 29, 2017
The Lemelson-MIT Program is searching nationwide for the most inventive college students to compete for the 2018 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
Applications 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

18th Annual Duke Startup Challenge Grand Finale
Thursday, September 14 at 7:00PM
Geneen Auditorium @Fuqua School of Business
Hosted by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative Contact Host

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.

Social Entrepreneurship 101 Workshop: Crafting Innovative, Sustainable Solutions to the World’s Most Pressing Problems
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
6:30 p.m., Bio Sciences 113
Facilitator: Matt Nash
Managing Director, Duke I&E Social Entrepreneurship
Sign up here.

The Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge (FCSC)- Information and Networking Session
Wednesday, 9/20- 4:00 – 5:30pm
Make an Impact in Oncology and the Standard of Care for Cancer Patients! Learn more about the program from challenge organizers and find potential members for your team
The Bullpen, 215 Morris St., Suite 300
Register Here
The Freedom from Cancer Startup Challenge (FCSC) is seeking multi-disciplinary entrepreneurial teams to bring breakthrough technologies in cancer research to market. Teams select a technology from a list of over 100 commercially viable inventions from leading hospitals, universities, tech transfer groups, and professional research organizations. FCSC entrants then develop comprehensive business plans that explain the market potential of the technologies and proposed paths to commercialization, which they will pitch to CAI’s world-class panel of judges, advisors, and mentors. Winners will be selected based on the quality of their elevator speech, business plan, financial model, live pitch, and other deliverables. With the assistance and entrepreneurial training from CAI, they will incorporate their companies and pursue licensing and/or collaboration agreements from the institutions where the inventions were sourced. The startups will be expected to bring the technologies to market or to advance them to the point where they can be partnered. In addition to the licensing opportunity, 100 FCSC winners will receive invaluable networking, marketing assistance, enrollment in CAI’s recognized accelerator program, mentorship from experts, and exclusive webinars from top industry professionals. FCSC winners will get access to these valuable resources and more beyond the challenge. Once a winner of a CAI challenge, always a winner of a CAI challenge! To learn more about the invaluable experiences, shared by participants and winners of our past challenges, please click here.

Kenan Biddle Partnership Grants- Information Session
Info session on September 18 @6:30PM
224 (Rhodes Conference room), Sanford School of Public Policy
Apply by November 3 and you could receive up to $12,000 for your passion project.
Do you have a great idea that needs funding? The Kenan Biddle Partnership invites students at Duke and UNC to work together to explore the power of partnership. Collaborate on project ideas that offer innovative solutions to social or environmental issues within your campus communities, Triangle, and beyond. Sign up to receive more information at

Women in the Workplace Panel:
September 21 at 6:30pm, Social Science 139
Chi Omega presents a panel discussion on Women in the Workplace to examine the challenges that women specifically face during their careers and the barriers they must overcome to succeed. Food and refreshments following the event. Panelists include Maya Ajmera, a social entrepreneur, the President and CEO of Society for Science and the Public, and the founder of The Global Fund for Children; Katharine T. Bartlett, a Professor and former Dean of Duke Law School and co-author of the leading casebook on of gender law; and Dr. Jan Richardson, a Professor Emeritus for the Duke University School of Medicine and former Chief Medical Officer for Priority CareSolutions.

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