Updates from Duke Social Entrepreneurship! (21 September 2015)

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Duke Authenticity Project

Applications close September 23rd!

In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Duke Authenticity Project was launched. For the first time, it will be an overnight retreat from October 16th-17th!

This project asks first year students to consider how they form authentic relationships at Duke and beyond. We challenge students to answer: How do you reveal your authentic self to others? How do you let others reveal their authentic selves to you? We seek your help in this challenge.

Are you open to asking the big questions? Do you desire to make more authentic connections at Duke? Do you seek to be an authentic leader, who challenge the status quo?
The application closes on September 23rd and can be found here:

Questions? Contact:

Spend the Summer Volunteering in Kenya with “Friends of Progress”

About Friends of Progress
Friends of Progress, is an organization founded by Davis Muthoka, a Duke Student, with the aim of improving education standards in Kitui County in Kenya. The goal is to inspire the young scholars by giving them a chance to interact with and learn from the best and brightest university students. We aim do this by giving volunteers a chance to mentor the children and show these children that people from similar backgrounds have made it to university and done great things in life. We will pair university students with two or more mentees from their home village, with whom they will establish a personal relationship and provide mentorship on a long-term basis. We will do an assessment after every six months to determine if we are making a difference and do the necessary adjustments. At the society level, we aim is to create awareness among the people in order to establish a society that is socially responsible. We hope to educate people on the need to be actively involved in their children’s education. We urge people to demand accountability from their leaders and to get more involved in societal matters, and work together to achieve a better society.
Please read more about Friends of Progress here;

Why we need you
As a new organization, we are challenged in terms of resources and we are relying on volunteers to help run the organization as well as with the mentorship. We have not yet been able to hire permanent staff but with your positive energy and fresh ideas we can continue marching towards our goal of better education standards in Kitui county

What you will be doing

  • Planning and strategy for the organization
  • Help in raising funds and reaching out to possible donors
  • Bring your creativity and innovation to the able to help the organization move to the next level
  • Participate in actual mentorship and get a chance to interact with and mentor kids in rural Kenya as well as engaging the teachers
  • Get a chance to tour Kenya, meet and make new friends

*Please note that due to the limited resources, we will not be able to cover your expenses for the period you will be in Kenya but we assure you the best company and we will do our best to make sure you enjoy every bit of your stay.
Interested in volunteering? Need more information? Please contact Davis Muthoka at

Join the “You Don’t Say” Team

Seeking members for multiple positions

The “You Don’t Say?” Campaign was launched in January 2014 at Duke University with a vision to engage students and the broader community about the role language plays in our daily lives and reflects social injustices. Since then, the campaign has gone viral reaching 20,000 Facebook likes and has been featured in dozens of media outlets including CNN, the Huffington Post, Upworthy, and ESPN with campaigns that have expanded past Duke’s campus to 6 continents and over 150 communities around the world. We are a rapidly growing network and are working to expand and solidify our presence and brand as an organization.

Design and Social Media Team
Have expertise in photography, editing media content, social media? Our team seeks new additions to take the lead on the production of future campaigns with a proven track record of creative photography, design, and/or social media to expand our capacity to execute future expansions. If you have an interest in social justice issues, a proven expertise in photography and media design, a creative mind, or open-ended opportunities with lots of room to leave your mark and make a significant impact, YDS will be a fantastic experience for you. Time commitment will vary depending on the week, but campaigns take significant preparation and time to make successful.

Operations, Strategy, and Expansion Team
Passion for social entrepreneurship and seeking to make meaningful change with a successful organization? Our team is seeking a talented, passionate, and engaging individual to join our expanding team to focus on continued expansion and long-term strategy of the organization. New additions will help manage the rapid expansion of the campaign and solidify the organization for a sustainable future on a national and international scale. If you have an interest in social entrepreneurship, social justice issues, or open-ended opportunities with lots of room to leave your mark and make a significant impact, YDS will be a fantastic experience for you. Time commitment is expected to be between 4-10 hours per week depending on the time of year.

Please see the application for more information and feel free to contact us regarding the organization, our mission and values, or the application itself at
Application link:

State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) Applications Now Available

Applications must be submitted online by Oct 2 at 5pm CST

Applications are now available for new Board members for the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB). It is an amazing opportunity for a young person to grow as a leader, help out communities, and network with other youth from across the U.S. Represent yourself and your community as a member of a diverse group of 30 youth, aged 17-20. The Board’s mission is to oversee $4 million in grant funding to address pressing issues that have a direct impact on communities and $1 million for community initiated projects through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. As a member of the YAB, you will be provided an incredible personal developmental opportunity, as well as the opportunity to make a long-lasting impact in communities YOU care about, helping other youth provide solutions to today’s pertinent issues.

Apply now for the YAB by going to Become a member of a group of engaged and motivated young people who harness the power that youth bring to today’s society, and grant other youth the opportunity to spread service-learning across the United States! Please forward the information to ANY 17-20 year old that you think would be interested in becoming a Board Member. With passion for education and service – you are a great candidate!

Find out more at and help to spread the word! Learn more also on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

Africa Untold: Young Entrepreneurs Share Their Stories

September 28, 6pm in 217 Perkins


Please join the MasterCard Foundation Scholars for this special presentation. The program features Sophie Umazi, Founder of I am Kenyan; Ellen Chilemba, selected as a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30; and Ngoni Mugwisi, winner of the 2015 Social Venture Challenge – Clinton Global Initiative University. Be part of what will be an interesting discussion with young entrepreneurs. There will also be an rsvp only lunch at 1:00pm for faculty, staff and students. This will allow for lunch participants to engage with the panelists in a small informal setting.

Please RSVP to Busi Sibeko at by 5pm on Friday, Sept 25.

Halcyon Incubator Application is Now Open!

The application for the Spring 2016 cohort of the Halcyon Incubator is open until October 14th! The program is seeking intrepid social entrepreneurs with scalable ventures that address critical 21st century challenges.

The Halcyon Incubator is a 18-month fellowship that offers extensive benefits such as 5 months of rent-free housing, 12 months of rent-free workspace, one-on-one mentoring and leadership coaching, and more than 1,000 hours of advice from legal, business, PR/marketing, and accounting partners. Unlike other start-up incubators, the Halcyon Incubator does not require equity in the fellow’s venture, but only a commitment to growing ideas to achieve social change.

For more information and to start your application, visit the Halcyon Incubator’s website at Contact Program Coordinator Lisa Oberstoetter at with any questions.

Join the 2015 Fall Ignite Retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina

Registration due by September 30th

Are you passionate about social change? Are you looking to join with other students and faculty interested in bettering their campus and community?

For three days, students and faculty from across the Sullivan network will come together for a weekend exploring what it means to be a changemaker. A team of facilitators, coaches and conspirators will lead you on a journey to discover how your skills combine to make a positive difference in the world. From igniting passions to igniting ideas – the weekend is filled with exciting workshops, activities and opportunities to connect with a tribe of like-minded individuals.

For more information, please visit
Note that Sullivan endowed schools can use their endowment funds to cover the registration cost. Please contact with additional questions.

“Return to Nature” is Seeking Duke Students for Multiple Positions

Return to Nature sells everything from reusable water bottles, to energy bars, to eco-friendly clothing.100% of the profits from Return to Nature sales go towards the companies 3 missions for Nature appreciation, protection & restoration. We have already designed a great reusable water bottle made of double walled stainless steel with a built in 1 year filter. We have already created our first high protein, plant based energy bar.

We are now looking to finish our first line of products by having our first piece of clothing designed. We will then launch the company publicly with the initial sales of these 3 simple products on Indigogo. In the future we expect to expand into a more full line of products including cosmetics, home goods, and camping gear.

In light of the following facts, with the sales of simply the reusable water bottle, plant based energy bars, and ecofriendly clothing, we can help create a sustainable future:

  1. Over 40 Billion plastic bottles are being produced (& 30 Billion not recycled) every year in America alone
  2. Globally, deforestation for animal grazing and feed crops is estimated to emit 2.4 Billion Tons of CO2 every year
  3. Factory farming accounts for 37% of methane (CH4) emissions, which have more than 20 times the global warming potential of CO2
  4. According to the World Wildlife Fund, conventional cotton farms take up 2.4% of the world’s crop land, yet they use 24% and 11% of global sales of insecticides and pesticides, respectively. The toxic chemicals found in synthetic fertilizers and pesticides often pollute the agriculture land and contaminate surrounding water bodies

Furthermore, by working with existing NGO’s, for every $100 we can donate, we can help plant 1000 trees, which over their lifetime will sequester roughly 250 to 500 Tons of CO2.

Looking for Duke Students who want to get involved in this organization for the following positions:

  1. Graphic Designer – Help design the clothing, website and other new products as the company grows
  2. Industrial Designer – Help design and prototype our physical products (for right now this involves working on the water bottle)
  3. Web Developer – Help create a simple but powerful website, that features our promotional videos, products, share options, and purchase options (can use an API for this)
  4. Marketing Representative – Help raise awareness for the mission, products, and fundraising campaigns on campus and online
  5. Human Resources Executive – Help build our team by putting out volunteer/internship postings online and among colleges, and following up with interviews
  6. Videographer – Help produce and/or edit our promotional videos to make it ready and appealing for the online world

If interested you can apply by filling out this short form:
Or contact

Writer Needed for Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

Are you interested in entrepreneurship? Do you like to write? The Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative (Duke I&E) is an exciting and growing initiative at Duke with programs and events for undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty, alumni and the community. We are seeking a student (or students) to write short pieces about these many programs and events.

The schedule will vary and hours are flexible, but you must be available to attend our events and then write short summary articles that will be published the next day on our website and distributed via our social media. Some of these articles will appear in our Duke I&E electronic newsletter which is distributed to 12,000 interested students, faculty, and alumni. The position(s) pays $10/hour (workstudy not required) and your byline will appear on our website and in our newsletter.

The first set of events will take place during Entrepreneurship Week 2015 which begins September 28th!! Additional events this semester include College Night at the American Underground on October 7th and the I&E Academy series.

If interested, please send an email indicating your interest, applicable skills, and a writing sample to: Nancy Knowles, Director of Strategic Communications, Duke I&E, at

Please let us know your availability to attend all or some of our events. It’s ok if you don’t have a published writing sample, you can create a sample based on an event at Duke, or any event. Samples should be approximately 250 words.

For more information on Duke I&E, including the full schedule of events for Entrepreneurship Week 2015, please see our website at The full list of I&E Academy sessions is listed under our Events tab. You can find samples of our spotlight stories and our newsletter under the About/News section.

Register Now for Entrepreneurship Week

328F147C-ABCF-49E0-A811-6948C544AA72To register for individual events, check out the online calendar here:

Clinton Global Initiative University @ Duke

Application is now open!

What is CGI U? President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Each CGI U student or group must make a Commitment to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on campus, in the community, or around the world. Commitments to Action may be completely new ideas or they may scale or expand existing programs to reach new communities. Commitments to action may fall into one of five categories: Public Health, Peace and Human Rights, Education, Environment and Climate Change, and Poverty Alleviation.

Students may apply for invitation to CGI U’s annual national meeting, which brings together changemakers from around the country for workshops, forums, funding opportunities and networking. Each year, Duke commits $10,000 in project support funding, to be divided among selected students who successfully demonstrate how they have used Duke’s academic resources to help carry out their projects.

How do I apply for the annual meeting?
Students: apply now for the CGI U 2016 meeting. The early decision and travel assistance deadline is October 16, 2015, and the final application deadline is December 1, 2015.

Student attendees will have the opportunity to attend plenary sessions, working sessions, and other special events which will enable them to network with their peers, build skills, and identify potential partners. The program will feature dozens of topic experts, university representatives, and celebrities who will join students at CGI U to discuss effective solutions to some of world’s most pressing challenges. During the last day of the meeting, attendees will take part in a Day of Action in the local community.

Learn more at:

About the 2016 CGI U Meeting:President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the ninth annual CGI U meeting from April 1-3, 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area. The meeting will bring together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U’s five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, over $750,000 in funding will be available to select CGI U 2016 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

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