Duke Competitions

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Duke Global Challenge

The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke have been working together to bring Oxford University’s 2016-17 Global Challenge to Duke University. The Duke Global Challenge is a chance for students to take a step back from generating solutions, go deeper in learning about the social and environmental issues they care about (“What’s your problem?”), and learn how to dynamically present their findings to a broad audience (“Why should we care?”). Global Challenge winners will receive funding to “apprentice with the problem.”

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mHealth@Duke Shark Tank 2016

Submit your mHealth idea for a chance to win $1,000! Applications are due by 5PM on February 26, 2016.

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ChangeWorks

ChangeWorks is a social entrepreneurship competition on Duke’s campus that provides a platform of guidance and funding for Duke students to pursue a business idea that proposes an innovative solution to a real world social problem. The competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and the winners are chosen by the selected judges.

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Duke Startup Challenge

The Duke Start-Up Challenge encourages and enables students, alumni, and faculty to plan and launch their own businesses and offers budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to receive feedback from experienced professionals, access to dedicated resources and facilities, and the opportunity to win seed capital. A top prize of $50,000 is awarded.

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Duke STEAM Challenge

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.

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Other Competitions (Not Duke Specific)

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Oxford Global Challenge

The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke have been working together to bring Oxford University’s 2016-17 Global Challenge to Duke University. The Duke Global Challenge is a chance for students to take a step back from generating solutions, go deeper in learning about the social and environmental issues they care about (“What’s your problem?”), and learn how to dynamically present their findings to a broad audience (“Why should we care?”). Global Challenge winners will receive funding to “apprentice with the problem.”

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Berkeley Big Ideas

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of UC undergraduate and graduate students who have “big ideas.”  Since its founding, Berkeley’s ...+

Big Ideas@Berkeley is an annual innovation contest aimed at providing funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of UC undergraduate and graduate students who have “big ideas.”  Since its founding, Berkeley’s annual Big Ideas prize contest has inspired innovative and high-impact student projects aimed at solving the world’s most pressing problems.  By seeking out novel proposals and then supporting efforts to help them succeed, Big Ideas has supported contest winners in making an impact all over the world.
The Big Ideas contest is split into two rounds: a pre-proposal round in the fall and a full proposal round in the spring.
DEADLINE: November 5th

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BMEidea (VentureWell)

Organized by Venture Well (formerly NCIIA), the BMEidea competition recognizes innovative biomedical engineering design with high commercial potential and social impact. Offers collegiate biomedical entrepreneurs the chance to win up to $10,000 and receive critical early-stage validation of their ideas.

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BMEstart (VentureWell)

Organized by Venture Well (formerly NCIIA), BMEStart challenges undergraduate biomedical and bioengineering students to pioneer effective, functional and affordable technology solutions to real clinical medical problems.

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Changemakers

Changemakers is an Ashoka program that uses the power of open challenges and social innovation knowledge—coupled with Ashoka’s network of social entrepreneurs and impact partners—to connect high-potential changemakers in order to accelerate the rate of change for critical social issues.

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D-Prize

D-Prize is a competition focused on developing better ways to distribute proven life-enhancing technologies.

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GHIC Innovation Prize

The Innovation Prize is a $10,000 and a $2,000 cash prize that is awarded to the two best social impact pitches that are presented at the 2016 Global Health & Innovation Conference. All conference registrants are eligible to apply for the Innovation Prize. The Innovation Prize supports outstanding ideas, programs, and organizations which are locally-developed and locally-responsible. The GHIC Innovation Prize is awarded by a distinguished judging panel. Applications are accepted on a rolling application basis.

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Global Social Venture Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prize money.

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E-Team Program (VentureWell)

Organized by VentureWell (formerly NCIIA), this is a competition for college students working on a technology venture. The three-stage program provides grant funding (up to $75K), experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity. (VentureWell was formerly known as the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance).

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Hult Prize

Hult Prize competition is a start-up accelerator that provides mentorship and funding up to $1,000,000 for winning entries. The competition attempts to launch the world’s next wave of social entrepreneurs.

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Mentor Capital Network

Mentor Capital Network maintains a list of socially responsible and sustainable business plan accelerators, competitions, and fellowships.

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Open Ideo

Open IDEO provides a platform where sponsors post challenges and anyone can submit a solution. Winning ideas are funded.

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Thought for Food

The Thought for Food Challenge calls on the world’s best and brightest university students to form teams and develop breakthrough projects that address the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

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Unilever Sustainable Living

Open to anyone aged 30 or under, Unilever is looking for scalable and sustainable products, services or applications that reduce environmental impacts, improve health and well-being or enhance livelihoods through changes in practices or behaviors. All seven finalists take part in an online development program and then participate in a two-day accelerator workshop at Cambridge University, UK, where expert help and professional guidance is provided to help them develop their ideas.

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Verb U

University student social entrepreneurs can enter multiple global Verb competitions for opportunities to win seed funding, gain invaluable global exposure and collaborate with fellow social entrepreneurs.

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40 Chances

These challenges focus on developing new approaches for solving an important food or nutrition related challenge in your community. Each team selects one of the many innovation challenges and comes up with a new, unique, or innovative way to address that challenge. Teams then must show how their idea will impact people’s lives on a day to day basis and how to market their new innovation.

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Conferences

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Alliance for Nonprofit Management

Improves the management and governance capacity of nonprofits, as a professional association of individuals and organizations.

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Alliance Management/ Leadership Institute

Brings together between 500-600 socially conscious, career-minded students, nearly 300 academic professionals and nonprofit leaders for the purpose of learning, networking, and completion of certification.

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American College Personnel Association (ACPA)

Leads the student affairs profession and the higher education community in providing outreach, advocacy, research, and professional development to foster college student learning.

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Ashoka University Network Exchange

Brings together the largest gathering of social entrepreneurship focused students, faculty, and professionals for an exchange of new trends and best practices around social entrepreneurship.

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Aspen Institute

Fosters values-based leadership and encourages individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

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The Clinton Global Initiative University

Clinton Global Initiative University is a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to address solutions to global challenges in five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.  As a pre-requisite to attend, students must develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. 

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Global Entrepreneur Week (workshops)

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. Experts such as Richard Branson, hundreds of research universities, and political leaders support GEW.

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Kairos Global Summit

An event held for Kairo Fellows and Mentors to connect them in a single location. Kairo Fellows are under 25, working on a scalable venture, and desire to give back to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs. Some of the fields Kairo Fellows are selected from include clean energy, healthcare, biotechnology and medicine. The Kairos Society was founded on the notion the world’s most pressing global challenges will create the future’s most innovate new companies and holds that the most successful ventures have always been built around societal needs.

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Lean Startup Machine (startup generator)

Lean Startup Machine is a hands-on workshop that teaches entrepreneurs and innovators to start their own companies using Lean Startup methodologies. The workshop is brought to a location based upon meeting a certain registration quota. In three days, participants acquire skills needed to identify, test, and eliminate the barriers to a viable business model.

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Lend for America

The Lend For America Summit is the only conference for student-led microfinance in the United States. It connects student leaders from across the country with national experts for a weekend of intensive training and peer learning, teaching the skills necessary to start a Microfinance Institution at their college campus. LFA’s mission is to empower emerging leaders to build strong businesses and communities by providing equitable financial services to low-income individuals.

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Mentor Capital Network

Mentor Capital Network’s list of convenings that focus on launching, managing, or investing in sustainable/socially responsible businesses

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National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)

Provides professional development and advocacy for a campus-wide focus on the student experience.

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Net Impact

Hosts gathering of undergraduates, MBA students, faculty, and professionals to discuss changing the world through business.

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Northwestern University’s Global Engagement Summit (GES)

Organizes a five-day training conference for students committed to global change.

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PopTech

Hosts a one-of-a-kind conference, a community of remarkable people, and an ongoing conversation about science, technology, and the future of ideas.

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StartingBloc

Hosts a five-day transformative experience during which young leaders learn to increase their impact exponentially.

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The Social Good Summit

The social Good Summit explores the potential of technology and media on social initiatives. It brings together people ranging from grassroots activists to global leaders to discuss solutions for our challenges.

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Social Enterprise Conference

The Social Enterprise Conference is a forum held by Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School students to explore the intersection of business and social impact. It is an opportunity to showcase cutting edge ideas, trends, and people in social enterprise, and to network with aspiring and experienced social entrepreneurs to accelerate social change.

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Startup Weekend (Startup Generator)

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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