Updates from Social Entrepreneurship (4 December 2015)

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Venture for America’s deadline!

Don’t worry though— additional deadlines on 2/1 and 3/14
Venture for America is a two-year entrepreneurship Fellowship for seniors and recent college grads. The next deadline to apply to the Venture for America Fellowship is FEBRUARY 1ST! VFA 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 getting hands-on experience and learning how to contribute at a startup in an emerging U.S. city. VFA provides the community, mentorship, network, and resources Fellows need to become entrepreneurs. One out of four VFA alumni have even gone on to start companies of their own! ventureforamerica.org or learn more below:

D-Prize Social Venture Competition is Now Live!

D-Prize is seeking aspiring leaders! Winners of our program are given up to $20,000 in funding and support to launch a pilot program to alleviate poverty. We are especially interested in supporting students who are just getting started in their social impact careers. Select one of our global health, energy, education, or corruption challenges and then pitch your two-page idea to D-Prize by December 30. Up to 15 winners will be awarded seed capital and given support to launch a pilot. Join the competition at www.d-prize.org.

Summer Abroad Opportunity: Apply Now

Leadership exCHANGE is proud to announce its 2016 programs. The award-winning programs are open to students from around the world! With generous support of the Sullivan Foundation, we are happy to offer a limited number of $500-$1000 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded on a Rolling Admission basis and we strongly encourage student to apply early.


“Friends, a few months ago I went on a life-changing, world-affirming, magical study-abroad program in Prague, known as the Global Leadership Programs. I know I exaggerate A LOT, but this experience literally (not even figuratively) altered the entire course of my life, it inspired me to begin my own project tackling gender inequality, and allowed me to make contacts with fantastic people across the world. And I think it’s an opportunity you should all get involved in.” —Maddy Pillans

For more information on the programs, go to www.globalleaders.info
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0DC479D7-27EF-4276-A9C0-9F7A832F4277About Leadership exCHANGE: Leadership exCHANGE has been running award-winning leadership and innovation study abroad programs since 2000. Long before “social impact” was a popular phrase, we have been creating programming centered on leadership and “Impact” — creating programs that catalyze the social fabric of the community and well-being of individuals. To date, students from more than 80 countries have attended. Our alumni have utilized the experience to create their own companies and social enterprises (Google Demo Day winner Mati Tea, Failup, Tomorrow People, the Unreasonable Institute), as well as win prestigious awards and positions (Gates Cambridge Fellow, Dalai Lama Fellow, Intern for Justice Sotomayor).

Contact director@globalleaders.info with questions

DUhatch* Spring Break Externship Program

Looking for summer internships? Interested in startups and being mentored by Duke alums in the startup world?
Connecting Duke students interested in exploring entrepreneurship and the startup lifestyle with a wide variety of startups in various US cities for a spring break externship (5-8 days), which may lead to a summer internship or full time offer.

Fill out this quick survey that will take no more than 2-5 minutes, and we’ll send out the next steps as soon as we can: https://duke.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7OI7AoUdVNfjyVn

*Duhatch: Duke’s official startup accelerator for student teams. To learn more about Duhatch and to apply, go to http://duhatch.pratt.duke.edu/

Questions? Contact: Yizhou Aria Jiang (yizhoujiangyizhou@gmail.com)

Apply Now to Join MASD 2017!

The Master of Arts in Social Design at MICA is an intensive, 1-year graduate program offering a human-centered, experiential, and collaborative approach to understanding and addressing the challenges facing society.

Grounded in a philosophy of practice-based learning, the curriculum introduces students to a broad framework for social design, exposes them to a variety of methods and models for social impact, and prepares them with a core set of skills necessary to pursue professional opportunities upon graduation.

Learn more about the MA in Social Design (MASD) program at MICA in this online information session featuring co-directors Mike Weikert and Lee Davis.

From Last Week’s “This Week at the Innovation Co-Lab”

The Duke Innovation Co-Lab’s most recent Newsletter featured a variety of jobs and opportunities in the tech space. See those postings here.

Duke in Silicon Valley Information Session

Date & Time: December 2nd @ 5:30pm
Location: Gross Hall 100C (enter through Suite 102)

Learn more about this exciting four-week, one-course-credit program in Northern California’s Silicon Valley for undergraduates with an interest in entrepreneurship. The program is designed to give students an intensive experience in the creation of new ventures—both commercial and social—through coursework, site visits, meetings, and exposure to the heart of the nation’s hub for innovative enterprise.

Duke in Silicon Valley is a gateway course in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate.
Learn More and Apply
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Questions? Contact Kevin Hoch (kevin.hoch@duke.edu)

MUS 390-02: Music/Arts and Social Entrepreneurship: Building Your Dream

Course is open to all students, fulfills ALP codes, fulfills elective requirement in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate.Want to keep music and the arts in your life, and make a difference in the world?

Led by Kathryn Wyatt, Founding Executive Director of Kidznotes and TED Prize Fellow: kwyatt@kidznotes.org

In this course, students will identify and explore the power of music and the arts to affect positive social change, and flex their muscles in creative social entrepreneurship. Students will explore their passions in the arts and social change, and acquire the skills and knowledge to launch a nonprofit organization around their innovative idea for change. Students will engage in readings, discussion, and seminars in innovations in social change through music/arts, personal leadership, nonprofit business development, fundraising, impact evaluation, marketing, finance, as well as in-service learning opportunities at Kidznotes, the El Sistema program of music for social change right here in Durham. Course work will include the development of a business plan and presentation of each student’s innovative idea in music/arts for social change, as well as exercises in personal leadership development, and developing a career plan.

MUS390-02 | 1 credit | Wednesdays, 3:05- 5:35 | Biddle 104

OpenIDEO Fellowship Opportunity

Are you a storyteller passionate about climate change? We’ve got a fellowship opportunity. Apply here.

The 2015-2017 Duke College Advising Corps Priority Application is now OPEN!

Apply HEREAF3C0097-6AD6-4942-B50C-31CB220969CE
Priority Application Deadline January 3, 2016

The Duke College Advising Corps places exceptional recent graduates from all fields of study in central North Carolina high schools as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students to college. Advisers serve the entire school year, with the possibility of extending their term of service for an additional year. Upon completion of term of service, Advisers are eligible to receive a monetary award for loan repayment or future graduate education.

Start Date
All new and returning staff will start their 2016-2017 year of service with mandatory 5-week training in Durham, NC (July-August), and begin working at Duke CAC partner high schools in early August.
Interested in learning more about the program or talking to a current adviser, please contact Duke CAC Program Director: Girija Mahajan at cacadmin@duke.edu.

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CGI U 2016 Application Deadline Extended

Exciting news! The CGI U 2016 application deadline has been extended until December 4, 2015. Click here for more information and to submit your application now.

More than $850,000 in funding available

More than $850,000 in funding is available for select CGI U 2016 student attendees. The Resolution Project will provide $100,000 in seed funding through an on-site Social Venture Challenge, and 65 colleges and universities have joined the CGI University Network, pledging to provide more than $750,000 total to CGI U attendees from their respective schools.

Looking for funding to get an innovative public policy-related project off the ground?

Few undergraduates are familiar with the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Innovation & Impact (I&I) Fund. The fund aims to fund innovative project proposals that bring the Sanford School closer to policy makers and change agents. The proposal can be focused around a specific area of policy one is passionate about, or it can be something that increases visibility or impact of Sanford as a whole. Overall, the boundaries for funding are broad, so any entrepreneurial idea around policy has the potential of being funded. The fund awards up to $150,000 to project proposals each year, and none of the 20 total funded projects have ever been submitted by an undergraduate! The fund is looking to get more undergraduate proposals, and our team is here to help streamline and simplify the application process.

To receive a grant one must officially apply by December 4th, with the application consisting of a five-page document citing exactly what the project does and how it will use the money (download and complete the document here).

To ease this process, our team has attached a shorter “idea form” that may help students more formally develop their ideas. We have also attached two other documents, which help further detail and clarify what the fund is, and also some examples of proposals that have and have not been funded. We are also able to coordinate with one of the fund’s directors, Ryan Smith, to help you set up a meeting with him and further discuss your idea. Meeting with Ryan can help further refine the project to hopefully make it a great candidate to receive funding. Hopefully, this can lead to an official proposal and ultimately funding for a project! To go this route, please download and complete the rough idea form here, and send it to Ryan Smith (ryan.patrick.smith@duke.edu). In the email, ask to follow up with him about it on the phone or in person. Keep in mind that he may not have availability before the December 4th deadline, so you may have to go ahead and just apply with the five-page document in order to meet the deadline.

If you have any further questions, please see: Sanford I&I FAQ

Wanted: Graduate Students to serve as Advisors, Coaches and Judges for DUKE WINTER FORUM 2016

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Duke STEAM Challenge 2016 – 10K Grand Prize!

The Duke STEAM Challenge is an undergraduate, graduate and professional student challenge designed to explore new ways that Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics–along with the humanities and social sciences–might contribute to one another for the greater good. This year’s theme is “Digital Humanties”. The Challenge runs December 2015-April 2016. The winning STEAM project will be awarded a grand prize of $10,000 at the final event in May at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.


Check out the official website and Facebook group.

INTERN – Coca-Cola Sustainability

Apply HERE

Position Overview:
Coca-Cola Sustainability is seeking several student interns to join our team during the summer of 2016. Internships are available to both undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will report to leaders within the Office of the Chief Sustainability Officer and will engage as team members on Coca-Cola Sustainability projects, spanning the categories of Women, Water, Well-being, and Environment.

Contact: PJ Newcomb
Sustainability Program Manager
One Coca-Cola Plaza
USA 404A-1
Atlanta, GA 30313
O – 404-676-9197
C – 678-462-1656

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