Updates from Duke Social Entrepreneurship! (4 September 2015)

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Introducing Social Innovation Fridays!

Come to our new “Si Fri” for a weekly brown bag community lunch for those interested in social innovation & entrepreneurship! Come bring your lunch and join us! Fresh cookies provided!

We’ll be meeting every Friday from 12-1PM in the Bryan Center, Student Life Conference Room.

2015-16 Social Impact Fellowship

RSF Social Finance Seeks Graduate Students & Professionals for 8-Month Fellowship
Application deadline is September 4

RSF Social Finance (RSF) is a pioneering non-profit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money. In partnership with a community of investors and donors, RSF provides capital to non-profit and for-profit social enterprises addressing key issues in the areas of Food & Agriculture, Education & the Arts, and Ecological Stewardship. In the spirit of building the field of social finance we are excited to announce our sixth year of the Social Impact Fellowship. We are eager to support the development of the next generation of inspiring leaders and to bring a fresh perspective to our business development activities. Open to graduate students and professionals within the US and Canada who are seeking a career in social finance, Social Impact Fellows identify, vet, and pitch promising social impact businesses and organizations to RSF for financing. View the RSF Jobs page for more information & to apply >

Apply Now for Winter Forum 2016

“Madagascar 2030: The Sustainable Development Innovation Challenge”

Madagascar, the planet’s most exotic frontier, is also among its most threatened. How can we draw upon principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and human-centered design to reimagine Madagascar and turn a failing state into a success, both for its lemurs and other incredible species and for its human population?

Winter Forum 2016 will take place from January 10th through the 12th and will challenge Duke undergraduate students to design sustainable solutions, harnessing the democratization of science, technology, and innovation for meeting the new Sustainable Development Goals in areas such as health, poverty, food security, and the environment by the year 2030. Winning teams will receive prize money, coaching, and other support to help transform winning proposals into real-life solutions.

The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on Friday, September 25. A maximum of 100 undergraduate students will be selected to participate and students will be notified by the end of Fall break.

For more information and to submit an application, visit

The 2016 Winter Forum is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Education and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, in collaboration with the Duke Lemur Center and others across Duke.

D-Prize — Calling all bold entrepreneurs!


The world has solutions to poverty. Can you distribute them to those in need? Our world has already invented many effective poverty solutions, but sadly most fail to reach actual people in need. Millions of lives would improve if people had access to proven energy, education, health, and other interventions. Can you start a new social enterprise and solve this problem?

D-Prize is a call to the world’s boldest entrepreneurs. Can you design a new social enterprise and solve one of the distribution challenges below? If selected, we will award you up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in Africa, India, or another other developing region. D-Prize will award 5-15 social entrepreneurs funding. If your pilot is successful, we will help you find future funding and grow to impact millions.

Explore the challenges (Girls Education, Energy, Education, Global Health, Governance & Infrastructure, Other):

FIRST ROUND – Submit a resume and two-page concept note by Sept 7 (regular deadline) or Sept 21 (limited extension). Early submissions encouraged.

Review the rest of the competition details:

Duke Business Society Fall Recruiting Info Session

Monday, September 7 and Tuesday September 8, 6-7pm in Social Sciences 139

Attention all sophomores and juniors! DBS is Duke’s premier organization for business and innovation. The club brings together the most talented students at Duke pursuing careers from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. The club consists of three main components, or pillars: mentorship, networking, and entrepreneurship, and offers a weekly GBM, during which each one of these subjects is explored with special guests, as well as exclusively organized events with the nation’s top employers. New members will take part in an entrepreneurship program and have the opportunity to create their own startup or run one of DBS’s existing ventures.

Applications and resume drop begins Sept. 7
Application Deadline: Sept. 13 at Noon
Interviews: Sept. 20
Attire is casual. Please contact Mac Findlay ( or Logan Turner ( with any questions.
FB event link:

Want to attend Starting Bloc Institute?

What is StartingBloc?
StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.Starting Bloc brings together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and innovators working to create change. We connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

We do this through a transformative 5-day experience where Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies. As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.

We will be hosting 4 institutes throughout the year in 2015.
Click here for the institute dates.
Click here to learn more about Starting Bloc.

Launch a career in impact investing and social enterprise management

The Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship at the Monterey Institute of International Studies
Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) is now accepting applications through September 4, 2015 for the winter 2016 trainings in Monterey and DC.

Earn a certificate in impact investment and social enterprise management and gain invaluable field experience with a social entrepreneur or impact investment manager for 2-12 months in the US or abroad!

Apply online at
For more information, visit
Read the blog at
Follow on Twitter @FMScouts and on Facebook.

Clinton Global Initiative University @ Duke

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? Stay tuned for the 2016 application as the location and date for the meeting are TBA! In the meantime, you can learn more at:

Interested in being the 2016 Duke Campus Rep? CGI U Campus Representatives work with students, youth organizations, and the university community to build awareness of CGI U on their respective campuses. The role of a Campus Rep is to build a strong network of individuals and resources that are well informed of what it means to be a part of the CGI U community, and to also serve as a driving force for student applications to CGI U on their campus. Apply through link below:

Questions? Contact:

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