Updates from Social Entrepreneurship (26 January 2016)

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Duke STEAM Challenge Meet-ups Announced

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Initial proposals due February 1, 2016.

Even if students don’t have firm ideas yet they might want to come and/or sign up for the Facebook Group here.

Got an invention that can impact the world?

Apply to E-Team Grant Program by 1/27
Students! VentureWell’s E-Team Grant Program cultivates opportunities for collegiate technology entrepreneurs like yourselves by providing early-stage support and funding of up to $25k. Deadline to submit is 1/27. More info here.

Toyota and Net Impact hosting Next Generation Mobility Challenge

This Saturday, Feb 27th at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business

Toyota and Net Impact will be coming to Duke to host the Next Generation Mobility Challenge on Saturday, February 27th 2016 from 9am- 4pm. Duke-Toyota2016-CC-E1-flyer 5b5 5d-page-001The event will focus around how we can use technology in transportation to enhance our lives. Students will get paired into interdisciplinary teams and get immersed in a highly-interactive design thinking process to come up with solutions to this challenge prompt. Teams will pitch their ideas to Toyota and mobility experts and receive feedback from them. BEST PART: the winning team will get the chance to incubate their ideas in an internship with Toyota’s innovation partners! This 7 hour event is limited to only 40 undergrad and graduate students, but is an amazing opportunity for you to flex your creativity muscles and gain invaluable professional skills.


For more details and to apply, visit this link. I’ve included a 1-page flyer on the event here. Feel free to share this with friends, colleagues, and student groups you think would be interested in attending the challenge.

Questions? Contact Matt Turner at mturner@netimpact.org.

Venture For America- The LAST CHANCE to join the Class of 2016 is approaching!

Final deadline: Monday, February 1st

Venture for America is a two-year fellowship program for enterprising recent college grads to launch their careers as entrepreneurs. After five weeks of training, VFA Fellows spend two years as full-time, salaried employees at startups in emerging U.S. cities, getting hands-on experience and learning how to build businesses. More than just a job, VFA provides the additional mentorship, network, and resources Fellows need to become entrepreneurs and make an impact in their communities. One out of four VFA alumni even go on to start companies of their own!

Visit ventureforamerica.org or learn more below:

Still have questions? Contact VFA at apply@ventureforamerica.org and check out this handout.

“Social Enterprise and the Power of Compassion”

Featuring Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries
Presented by: Religions & Public Life Initiative at Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke and The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

FrGregBoyleprint_5byBqN_5dThursday, February 4
215 Morris Street, Suite 300 (The Bullpen, Duke I&E), Durham

RSVP kindly requested at http://tinyurl.com/rsvp020416

Join us for a lively breakfast discussion featuring nationally-renowned social entrepreneur Father Greg Boyle, S.J. Father Greg is the founder of Homeboy Industries, a social enterprise in Los Angeles that provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of the community (info). Father Greg is a 2016 Practitioner in Residence at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke. Open to all, though space is limited. A light breakfast will be served.

Meet the NOLA ’16 Starting Bloc Institute

We are excited to still be accepting applications for our second-ever New Orleans Institute. NOLA has a thriving social impact ecosystem and is reach with history and inspiration. Join us for 5 days in May and become part of our international Fellowship.



Presented by Duke Service-Learning and Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship

February 22, 5:00-7:00pm
The Bullpen, 215 Morris Street, Suite 300
Food and free parking provided
Register by emailing joan.clifford@duke.edu by Feb 20

The Collaboration X-Change is an annual conversation between Duke students/faculty and community partners.

This year we will explore 3 questions:

  • What is responsible engagement?
  • How do we best build sustainable partnerships?
  • What are best practices in orientations for students?

If you are currently working with Duke students we encourage you to attend with representatives from that group. We are inviting a select number of students and faculty to participate and will prioritize your partners once you register.


The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Academy has released its February 2016 offerings! For more information about upcoming sessions, click here.

Have a social venture idea? Want $10K + mentoring from CASE? (Deadline Weds, 2/17 @ 5)

Announcing the 2016 CASE Launch Pad – apply by February 17 at 5pm!

The CASE Launch Pad is a combination of $10,000 plus one-on-one coaching from CASE Senior Fellow and New York Times #1 bestselling author Dan Heath that is intended to help Fuqua social entrepreneurs vault their ideas forward. All first or second year students in the Duke MBA Daytime program with a great idea for a social venture are eligible (note: individuals or teams are allowed to apply – for teams, team lead (the student that will be leading the work and participating in the mentoring) must be a Fuqua student but non-Fuquans may be part of the team). More information and application form here. Questions? Contact case@fuqua.duke.edu.

Announcing the 2nd Annual mHealth@Duke Shark Tank Pitch Competition!

Applications due February 26th at 5pm
Are you a Duke faculty, student or staff member with an amazing idea to improve health outcomes using mHealth and/or digital technology (mobile apps, sensors/wearables, data analytics,decision support tools, etc.)? If so, this is the competition for you!

Apply for a chance to pitch your idea to Duke mHealth solution experts! The team with the winning pitch will get exclusive access to content experts as well as consulting hours with software engineers and business/startup consultants. There will be a chase prize of $1,000.

The application and eligibility criteria can be found here.

Questions? Contact: Vijeth Iyengar, M.A.

Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship Program

Deadline: Friday, February 26th

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Peter DeSimone Student Scholarship Program. This program enables up to ten undergraduate or graduate students who are committed to or interested in a career in sustainable investment to receive scholarships to cover the registration costs for the 2016 US SIF Annual Conference, Investing for the Next Generation, including Member Day. These scholarships are made possible through the support of the Campbell Soup Company and Calvert Foundation.

The application is available via this link.

Opportunities with Millennial Trains

Building on the success of our prior journeys, Millennial Trains will be leading two journeys in August 2016. While the format and experience on both journeys will be similar, on-train mentor discussions on our first journey will center around the theme of “Change;” on our second journey, they will center around the theme of “Unity.” Together, these journeys will form a powerful symbol of how Millennials — the most diverse generation in American history — are putting ideas in motion that foster progress while simultaneously bringing communities, our country, and the world closer together.

In addition to on-train discussions, leadership development, and design-thinking workshops, engagements with local leaders will focus on the communities we visit, and MTP participant projects will focus on opportunities and challenges that participants themselves are seeking to address on a national scale.

We’re looking to assemble the most diverse group of talented young changemakers we possibly can, and we would love to have you on board.

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