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Are you an aspiring social entrepreneur or changemaker looking for funding or financial support? There are a lot of resources available from numerous organizations, but it can be difficult to know where to look. The following is a round-up of grants, prizes, and fellowships that Patricelli Center team member Rebecca Jacobsen ‘16 has compiled, based off past work by Luciana Contreras ’16 and Jennifer Roach ‘14. Some are super competitive, some are available only to current undergraduates, and all focus on social entrepreneurship or civic engagement work. A more extensive list of funding sources is available in the PCSE Resource Center. If you know of any others, please tell us.

Ashoka’s Venture and Fellowship Programlogo-1
Venture is the mechanism through which Ashoka finds and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with project grants and mentorship. Nominate a fellow by following this link.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Living stipend for 3 years

Awesome Foundation Grant for Projects
An “ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.” The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $1,000

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Programbenjerrys
Supports non-profit, grassroots, constituent-led organizations (must have 501(c)3 status) across the country that are using direct action, community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. They consider proposals that are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Check out their website to read the full list of requirements.
Deadline: October 14, 2016 for Cycle A and April 2017 (exact date TBA) for Cycle B
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Up to $25,000 for a one-year grant

Brower Youth Awards
The Brower Youth Award recognizes the work of six young leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement. Brower Youth Award winners demonstrate excellent leadership as well as a commitment to the communities their work serves.
Deadline: Check back in early 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $3,000, professionally-produced film about your work, trip to SF Bay Area

CartoDB Grants Program 687474703a2f2f636172746f64622e73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f7374617469632f6c6f676f735f66756c6c5f636172746f64625f6c696768742e706e67
CartoDB Grants Program funds funds nonprofit organizations seeking the means to create meaningful data-driven visualizations that facilitate efforts to achieve social progress, environmental protection, technological innovation, data science, and economic growth. 
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $5,500 in CartoDB software

Christopher Brodigan Award
Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa.
Deadline: Check back Spring 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $3,000

D-Prize Grant D-Prize Logo 450x
D-Prize is for anyone who can start a new social enterprise in the developing world and solve one of the D-Prize distribution problems. You must be committed, highly skilled, and ready to scale for the long term.
Deadline: TBA; check back in December 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in India, Africa, or another developing region.

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants 
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (including Wesleyan) to design their own grassroots projects to promote peace or conflict resolution in the broadest sense.
Deadline: Check back on November 1, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000

Dorm Room Fund 1_AbgEfjfR_axnPzC4G6DjRw_r7btqv
Dorm Room Fund invests in student-run companies. Your founding team must include at least one full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) — if you are a recent grad, you may still be eligible.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: average of $20,000, in addition to PR, mentorship, and discounts with service providers

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The idea must be sustainable and scalable. The founder must have the skills to manage a national or global organization.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Multi-year funding

Echoing Green Fellowshipseg-logo_circles-05_0_jpg2
A two-year fellowship program providing start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. Successful applicants will not only present an innovative way of addressing social issues, but also explain why they as individuals have what it takes to succeed.
Deadline: Applications open September 2016 and close October 2016 (exact dates TBA)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for two-person partnerships) plus mentoring and more

Generous U
A national contest to increase awareness and involvement of students on college campuses about the importance and impact of philanthropy and philanthropic values.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000 and the Generous U title for the winner, and $2,500 for the runner-up

Global Health and Innovation Conference Innovation Prize
This is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, hosted at Yale University. They are accepting social impact pitches for programs in early stages and established stages from both students and professionals. 
Deadline: August 31, 2016 (priority round review) and September 30, 2016 (second round review)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000 for first place and $5,000 for runner up

Grinnell PrizeGrinnell_Prize_logo
Social justice leaders who are less than 15 years of out of a bachelor program who demonstrate leadership in their fields are eligible to be nominated for the Grinnell Prize. Winners will receive $100,000, split between a personal award and an organizational grant.
Deadline: October 9, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $100,000

Haymarket Sustaining and Urgent Response Grant 
They are committed to supporting both urban and rural organizing across the region, and to funding start up and emerging organizations as well as groups that have a long history of grassroots organizing. They make grants for both general operating support and project work.
Deadline: Check back in October 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $10,000; $1,000 Urgent Response Grants are also available to support organizations facing unforeseen and urgent financial crisis.

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Challenge
For Wesleyan students looking to launch, scale, or build capacity for a social impact venture, enterprise, program, or project of any kind.
Deadline: Check back on November 1, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $5,000

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Sponsorship Fund patricelli_static
Small co-sponsorship grants of $50-300 are designed to subsidize workshops, conferences, subscriptions, and other initiatives that benefit undergraduates and contribute to the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Wesleyan (formerly known as the Enrichment Grants).
Deadline: Check back on October 1, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: average $250

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
Deadline: January 17, 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $15,000

The Social Venture Fund
This student-led fund at the University of Michigan invests in and supports innovative, for-profit companies that place social and environmental impact at the heart of their business model.
Deadline: October 2016 (exact date TBA)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $50,000-100,000

The Sparkplug Foundationsparkplug-logo-234x109_brdr
The Sparkplug Foundation offers funding for start-up organization and new projects of existing organizations in music, education, and community organizing.
Deadline: Fall 2016 cycle deadline is September 23, 2016; check back on November 21, 2016 for the Spring 2017 cycle deadlines
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $3,000-15,000

Venture Well E-Team Program (for STEM)
Venture Well funds and train student inventors and entrepreneurs in the STEM fields who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures.
Deadline: October 5, 2016 (winter cohort), January 25, 2017 (spring cohort), May 3, 2017 (summer cohort)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $25,000, plus workshops and coaching

Wesleyan Green Fund98b5e525552935.56347211cbfab
Offers funding to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff for projects related to environmental sustainability and conservation.
Deadline: Check back in Fall 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Between $50 – $20,000

Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
For Wesleyan sophomores and juniors currently receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break. Grants are given for all types of summer experiences that are career focused, ranging from the corporate world to non-profit; in the U.S. and abroad.
Deadline: TBA; check in Spring 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $4,000

Young Activist Award: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture FundRTEmagicC_mario-savio-memorial-lectur.jpg
This award, which carries a cash prize of $6000, is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.
Deadline: July 1, 2017 for the 2017 cycle
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $6,000

 

What are we missing? Tell us, please!

Reblogged from: ENGAGE – Wesleyan University. (Go to the original post…)

Are you an aspiring social entrepreneur or changemaker looking for funding or financial support? There are a lot of resources available from numerous organizations, but it can be difficult to know where to look. The following is a round-up of grants, prizes, and fellowships that Patricelli Center team member Rebecca Jacobsen ‘16 has compiled, based off past work by Luciana Contreras ’16 and Jennifer Roach ‘14. Some are super competitive, some are available only to current undergraduates, and all focus on social entrepreneurship or civic engagement work. A more extensive list of funding sources is available in the PCSE Resource Center. If you know of any others, please tell us.

Ashoka’s Venture and Fellowship Programlogo-1
Venture is the mechanism through which Ashoka finds and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with project grants and mentorship. Nominate a fellow by following this link.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Living stipend for 3 years

Awesome Foundation Grant for Projects
An “ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.” The Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $1,000

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation Grassroots Organizing for Social Change Programbenjerrys
Supports non-profit, grassroots, constituent-led organizations (must have 501(c)3 status) across the country that are using direct action, community-organizing strategies to accomplish their goals. They consider proposals that are aligned with the Foundation’s broad interests in social justice, environmental justice and sustainable food systems. Check out their website to read the full list of requirements.
Deadline: October 14, 2016 for Cycle A and April 2017 (exact date TBA) for Cycle B
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Up to $25,000 for a one-year grant

Brower Youth Awards
The Brower Youth Award recognizes the work of six young leaders who are making strides in the environmental movement. Brower Youth Award winners demonstrate excellent leadership as well as a commitment to the communities their work serves.
Deadline: Check back in early 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $3,000, professionally-produced film about your work, trip to SF Bay Area

CartoDB Grants Program 687474703a2f2f636172746f64622e73332e616d617a6f6e6177732e636f6d2f7374617469632f6c6f676f735f66756c6c5f636172746f64625f6c696768742e706e67
CartoDB Grants Program funds funds nonprofit organizations seeking the means to create meaningful data-driven visualizations that facilitate efforts to achieve social progress, environmental protection, technological innovation, data science, and economic growth. 
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $5,500 in CartoDB software

Christopher Brodigan Award
Students from any discipline are encouraged to submit applications proposing a public service or research project. Service projects should be carefully designed to provide some form of valuable assistance to people in Africa.
Deadline: Check back Spring 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $3,000

D-Prize Grant D-Prize Logo 450x
D-Prize is for anyone who can start a new social enterprise in the developing world and solve one of the D-Prize distribution problems. You must be committed, highly skilled, and ready to scale for the long term.
Deadline: TBA; check back in December 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $20,000 to launch a pilot in India, Africa, or another developing region.

Kathryn W. Davis Projects for Peace Grants 
Davis Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program schools (including Wesleyan) to design their own grassroots projects to promote peace or conflict resolution in the broadest sense.
Deadline: Check back on November 1, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000

Dorm Room Fund 1_AbgEfjfR_axnPzC4G6DjRw_r7btqv
Dorm Room Fund invests in student-run companies. Your founding team must include at least one full-time student (undergraduate or graduate) — if you are a recent grad, you may still be eligible.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: average of $20,000, in addition to PR, mentorship, and discounts with service providers

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
The funds are specifically and solely for entrepreneurs starting new non-profit organizations. The idea must be sustainable and scalable. The founder must have the skills to manage a national or global organization.
Deadline: rolling application
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Multi-year funding

Echoing Green Fellowshipseg-logo_circles-05_0_jpg2
A two-year fellowship program providing start-up capital and technical assistance to help new leaders launch their organizations and build capacity of their social enterprise. Successful applicants will not only present an innovative way of addressing social issues, but also explain why they as individuals have what it takes to succeed.
Deadline: Applications open September 2016 and close October 2016 (exact dates TBA)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for two-person partnerships) plus mentoring and more

Generous U
A national contest to increase awareness and involvement of students on college campuses about the importance and impact of philanthropy and philanthropic values.
Deadline: TBA
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000 and the Generous U title for the winner, and $2,500 for the runner-up

Global Health and Innovation Conference Innovation Prize
This is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, hosted at Yale University. They are accepting social impact pitches for programs in early stages and established stages from both students and professionals. 
Deadline: August 31, 2016 (priority round review) and September 30, 2016 (second round review)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $10,000 for first place and $5,000 for runner up

Grinnell PrizeGrinnell_Prize_logo
Social justice leaders who are less than 15 years of out of a bachelor program who demonstrate leadership in their fields are eligible to be nominated for the Grinnell Prize. Winners will receive $100,000, split between a personal award and an organizational grant.
Deadline: October 9, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $100,000

Haymarket Sustaining and Urgent Response Grant 
They are committed to supporting both urban and rural organizing across the region, and to funding start up and emerging organizations as well as groups that have a long history of grassroots organizing. They make grants for both general operating support and project work.
Deadline: Check back in October 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $10,000; $1,000 Urgent Response Grants are also available to support organizations facing unforeseen and urgent financial crisis.

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Seed Grant Challenge
For Wesleyan students looking to launch, scale, or build capacity for a social impact venture, enterprise, program, or project of any kind.
Deadline: Check back on November 1, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $5,000

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Sponsorship Fund patricelli_static
Small co-sponsorship grants of $50-300 are designed to subsidize workshops, conferences, subscriptions, and other initiatives that benefit undergraduates and contribute to the entrepreneurship ecosystem at Wesleyan (formerly known as the Enrichment Grants).
Deadline: Check back on October 1, 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: average $250

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $15,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.
Deadline: January 17, 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $15,000

The Social Venture Fund
This student-led fund at the University of Michigan invests in and supports innovative, for-profit companies that place social and environmental impact at the heart of their business model.
Deadline: October 2016 (exact date TBA)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $50,000-100,000

The Sparkplug Foundationsparkplug-logo-234x109_brdr
The Sparkplug Foundation offers funding for start-up organization and new projects of existing organizations in music, education, and community organizing.
Deadline: Fall 2016 cycle deadline is September 23, 2016; check back on November 21, 2016 for the Spring 2017 cycle deadlines
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $3,000-15,000

Venture Well E-Team Program (for STEM)
Venture Well funds and train student inventors and entrepreneurs in the STEM fields who want to address important problems in the world through new technology-based ventures.
Deadline: October 5, 2016 (winter cohort), January 25, 2017 (spring cohort), May 3, 2017 (summer cohort)
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: up to $25,000, plus workshops and coaching

Wesleyan Green Fund98b5e525552935.56347211cbfab
Offers funding to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff for projects related to environmental sustainability and conservation.
Deadline: Check back in Fall 2016
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: Between $50 – $20,000

Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant
For Wesleyan sophomores and juniors currently receiving need-based financial aid who plan to do socially innovative or socially responsible work during summer break. Grants are given for all types of summer experiences that are career focused, ranging from the corporate world to non-profit; in the U.S. and abroad.
Deadline: TBA; check in Spring 2017
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $4,000

Young Activist Award: Mario Savio Memorial Lecture FundRTEmagicC_mario-savio-memorial-lectur.jpg
This award, which carries a cash prize of $6000, is presented each year to a young person (or persons) with a deep commitment to human rights and social justice and a proven ability to transform this commitment into effective action.
Deadline: July 1, 2017 for the 2017 cycle
Stipend/Prize/Compensation: $6,000

 

What are we missing? Tell us, please!

Reblogged from: ENGAGE – Wesleyan University. (Go to the original post…)

There is rarely a dull moment at Wesleyan – especially inside the Allbritton Center – and with so much activity happening right here on campus, it’s easy to overlook opportunities to learn outside of the Wes bubble. Throughout the year and around the world, there are countless conferences, institutes, bootcamps, meetups, and startup weekends focused on social entrepreneurship, and if you find one that fits your schedule and budget, it can be pivotal to your personal and professional development as a social changemaker.

With that in mind, we’d like to share some of the events taking place this year. The price tags might surprise you, but don’t let the sticker shock scare you away: undergrads can apply to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Sponsorship Fund (opens October 1, 2016) to help defray costs, use personal savings, or ask for help from family (don’t dismiss the idea of considering this a vacation or birthday gift, for example). There may also be other sources of funding out there, such as the WSA’s Student Budget Committee if the event is closely related to your work with a student group. The conferences often overlap with classes, but if you find yourself stranded on campus, you can usually follow along online for free.

We’re eager to hear your thoughts on these events and hear about others you have attended. If you plan to attend any events this year, we may be able to help arrange rideshares. Please contact us at engage@wesleyan.edu with your updates and questions.

Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) socap16-horizontal-logo-white
September 13-16, 2016
San Francisco, CA
$1495

SOCAP16 will gather impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits, and other valuable strangers all contributing to a vibrant marketplace for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions. SOCAP16 will feature expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to share their solutions, and for attendees across sectors to connect by sector and geography.
(Read first-hand accounts from 20132014, and 2015 attendees from Wesleyan)

Social Good Summit http---a.amz.mshcdn.com-wp-content-uploads-2016-05-SGS2016_Mobile
September 18-19, 2016
New York, NY
$70 one day pass, $135 two day pass

The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held during UN Week from September 18-19, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”
President Roth presented on the “Future of Education” in 2014

Better World by Design tumblr_static_agvtn49qzw8w8swss0wko80wg
September 23-25, 2016
Providence, RI
Students: $25 for one day, $45 for three days
Professionals: $175 for one day, $245 for three days.
Free tickets available for volunteers

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone in order to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale.
Alex Cantrell ’14, Kwaku Akoi ’14 and Geofrey Kipkemoi ’16 attended in 2013

Social Enterprise Conference by the Columbia Business School 
September 30, 2016 SE-Conference-Logo-Header-426X80
Columbia University (New York, NY)
$50 for non-Columbia students, $150 general admission

Urbanization is shaping the human experience in powerful ways. More than 3.5 billion people — half the world’s population — now live in rapidly-growing cities, including 80% of United States residents. Will urban change expand opportunity and equity, or will it entrench inequalities? How can social innovations transform cities in ways that fully empower individuals, businesses and communities? This event brings together industry leaders, professionals, academics, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of business and society.

Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurshiphttps-%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F15311364%2F107936417805%2F1%2Foriginal
October 1, 2016
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
$25 before August 31, $35 after September 1 (discounts available for groups of 7+)

The Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship is the largest undergraduate-run conference on social innovation- a synergy of today’s leading innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Lizzie Shackney ’17 attended in 2014

PopTech PopTech-CultureClash.blog
October 20-22, 2016
Camden, Maine
$2000

PopTech is a global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change. The theme of the 20th annual PopTech conference is Culture Clash – “As the cultural barriers that once separated us as people continue to give way, those that remain are the source of great conflict, and also our greatest possibility.”

Net Impact Conference 2
November 3-5, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
$99 for student pass, $599 for standard pass, $699 for platinum pass
(Read here about how you can attend for free)

The Net Impact Conference is the premier gathering of students and professionals who are committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact now and for a lifetime. Join thousands of other students to gain the skills, connections, and experiences you need to change the world!
Hannah Lewis ’13 attended in 2014

Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute cta-flsei-logo-web_1
November 11-13, 2016
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Price TBA

Last year’s Institute featured tools that are essential to the success of a social venture, a keynote talk, plenary presentations with inspiring and innovative social entrepreneurs, a pitch session, a workshop on compassionate communication, and field trips that showcased transformative local efforts that are helping to create an ecological sound and socially just community that works for everyone. Stay tuned for updates about this year’s Institute!

Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship middlebury_logo_detail
January 2017 (dates TBA)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
Price TBA

Hosted by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the CSE Annual January Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship brings together members of the College community, interested area residents, and leaders from around the world in social entrepreneurship. Check back for more details about the 2017 Symposium.

Ashoka U Exchange ashokau-logo-300x120
March 2-4, 2017
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
$475 for students on first-come, first-served basis

Imagine a world where all higher education institutions serve as vehicles for positive, sustainable social impact and innovation. The Exchange is one of the world’s largest annual gatherings that showcases exciting new models of social innovation in higher education. Over the course of three days, the Exchange offers over 100 sessions including site visits, workshops, panels, keynotes and curated lunch conversations that all aim to build a community of changemakers in higher education.

Open by VentureWell VentureWell_logo_stacked
March 24-25, 2017
Washington, DC
Price TBA

Open is an annual gathering of practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education. The Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.

Global Health and Innovation Conference by Unite for Sight ufs-blue
April 22-23, 2017
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
$110 for students, $165 general admission
Apply to present! (August 31 and September 30, 2016 deadlines)

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
Sam Rispaud ’15 attended in 2014

SEEED Summit O1UCDo6K
2017 date TBA

Jointly hosted by Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Brown University, The SEEED Summit is a leading national conference for social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community leaders committed to social innovation. 

Reblogged from: ENGAGE – Wesleyan University. (Go to the original post…)

There is rarely a dull moment at Wesleyan – especially inside the Allbritton Center – and with so much activity happening right here on campus, it’s easy to overlook opportunities to learn outside of the Wes bubble. Throughout the year and around the world, there are countless conferences, institutes, bootcamps, meetups, and startup weekends focused on social entrepreneurship, and if you find one that fits your schedule and budget, it can be pivotal to your personal and professional development as a social changemaker.

With that in mind, we’d like to share some of the events taking place this year. The price tags might surprise you, but don’t let the sticker shock scare you away: undergrads can apply to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Sponsorship Fund (opens October 1, 2016) to help defray costs, use personal savings, or ask for help from family (don’t dismiss the idea of considering this a vacation or birthday gift, for example). There may also be other sources of funding out there, such as the WSA’s Student Budget Committee if the event is closely related to your work with a student group. The conferences often overlap with classes, but if you find yourself stranded on campus, you can usually follow along online for free.

We’re eager to hear your thoughts on these events and hear about others you have attended. If you plan to attend any events this year, we may be able to help arrange rideshares. Please contact us at engage@wesleyan.edu with your updates and questions.

Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) socap16-horizontal-logo-white
September 13-16, 2016
San Francisco, CA
$1495

SOCAP16 will gather impact investors, social entrepreneurs, foundations, corporations, global nonprofits, and other valuable strangers all contributing to a vibrant marketplace for socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solutions. SOCAP16 will feature expanded opportunities for entrepreneurs to share their solutions, and for attendees across sectors to connect by sector and geography.
(Read first-hand accounts from 20132014, and 2015 attendees from Wesleyan)

Social Good Summit http---a.amz.mshcdn.com-wp-content-uploads-2016-05-SGS2016_Mobile
September 18-19, 2016
New York, NY
$70 one day pass, $135 two day pass

The Social Good Summit is a two-day conference examining the impact of technology and new media on social good initiatives around the world. Held during UN Week from September 18-19, the Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders and grassroots activists to discuss solutions for the greatest challenges of our time. Our theme, #2030NOW, asks the question, “What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030?”
President Roth presented on the “Future of Education” in 2014

Better World by Design tumblr_static_agvtn49qzw8w8swss0wko80wg
September 23-25, 2016
Providence, RI
Students: $25 for one day, $45 for three days
Professionals: $175 for one day, $245 for three days.
Free tickets available for volunteers

Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown and Rhode Island School of Design that celebrates interdisciplinary collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and learners. We envision a world where design-thinking is accessible to everyone in order to catalyze positive change on a local and global scale.
Alex Cantrell ’14, Kwaku Akoi ’14 and Geofrey Kipkemoi ’16 attended in 2013

Social Enterprise Conference by the Columbia Business School 
September 30, 2016 SE-Conference-Logo-Header-426X80
Columbia University (New York, NY)
$50 for non-Columbia students, $150 general admission

Urbanization is shaping the human experience in powerful ways. More than 3.5 billion people — half the world’s population — now live in rapidly-growing cities, including 80% of United States residents. Will urban change expand opportunity and equity, or will it entrench inequalities? How can social innovations transform cities in ways that fully empower individuals, businesses and communities? This event brings together industry leaders, professionals, academics, students, and alumni to share best practices and engender new ideas surrounding the intersection of business and society.

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October 1, 2016
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
$25 before August 31, $35 after September 1 (discounts available for groups of 7+)

The Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship is the largest undergraduate-run conference on social innovation- a synergy of today’s leading innovators, educators, and entrepreneurs.
Lizzie Shackney ’17 attended in 2014

PopTech PopTech-CultureClash.blog
October 20-22, 2016
Camden, Maine
$2000

PopTech is a global community of innovators, working together to expand the edge of change. The theme of the 20th annual PopTech conference is Culture Clash – “As the cultural barriers that once separated us as people continue to give way, those that remain are the source of great conflict, and also our greatest possibility.”

Net Impact Conference 2
November 3-5, 2016
Philadelphia, PA
$99 for student pass, $599 for standard pass, $699 for platinum pass
(Read here about how you can attend for free)

The Net Impact Conference is the premier gathering of students and professionals who are committed to making a lasting social and environmental impact now and for a lifetime. Join thousands of other students to gain the skills, connections, and experiences you need to change the world!
Hannah Lewis ’13 attended in 2014

Finger Lakes Social Entrepreneurship Institute cta-flsei-logo-web_1
November 11-13, 2016
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Price TBA

Last year’s Institute featured tools that are essential to the success of a social venture, a keynote talk, plenary presentations with inspiring and innovative social entrepreneurs, a pitch session, a workshop on compassionate communication, and field trips that showcased transformative local efforts that are helping to create an ecological sound and socially just community that works for everyone. Stay tuned for updates about this year’s Institute!

Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship middlebury_logo_detail
January 2017 (dates TBA)
Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
Price TBA

Hosted by the Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the CSE Annual January Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship brings together members of the College community, interested area residents, and leaders from around the world in social entrepreneurship. Check back for more details about the 2017 Symposium.

Ashoka U Exchange ashokau-logo-300x120
March 2-4, 2017
Miami Dade College (Miami, FL)
$475 for students on first-come, first-served basis

Imagine a world where all higher education institutions serve as vehicles for positive, sustainable social impact and innovation. The Exchange is one of the world’s largest annual gatherings that showcases exciting new models of social innovation in higher education. Over the course of three days, the Exchange offers over 100 sessions including site visits, workshops, panels, keynotes and curated lunch conversations that all aim to build a community of changemakers in higher education.

Open by VentureWell VentureWell_logo_stacked
March 24-25, 2017
Washington, DC
Price TBA

Open is an annual gathering of practitioners of technology entrepreneurship in higher education. The Open conferences gather together engaged faculty and university students from across multiple disciplines to share stories, start new collaborations, and learn best practices in the rapidly growing field of technology entrepreneurship education.

Global Health and Innovation Conference by Unite for Sight ufs-blue
April 22-23, 2017
Yale University (New Haven, CT)
$110 for students, $165 general admission
Apply to present! (August 31 and September 30, 2016 deadlines)

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (#GHIC) is the world’s leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.
Sam Rispaud ’15 attended in 2014

SEEED Summit O1UCDo6K
2017 date TBA

Jointly hosted by Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Brown University, The SEEED Summit is a leading national conference for social entrepreneurs, impact investors and community leaders committed to social innovation. 

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Acclaimed National Geographic Magazine photographer Michael Yamashita ’71 will have his photography collection One Belt, One Road – The Silk Road Journey featured at Singapore’s inaugural Chinese Culture Week. The five day program, which runs between September 9 and 13, aims to celebrate different aspects of Chinese cultural traditions, history, and lifestyles through a series of events.

Yamashita’s photographic adventure took him through over 20 cities from central to western China. Notable highlights from his journey include the Terracotta Army, Big Goose Pagoda, Crescent Moon Lake, Id Kah Mosque, and the Zhangye Rainbow Mountain. His route retraced the steps of famous explorers who traversed the Silk Road such as Marco Polo and Zheng He.

Yamashita’s thesis behind his collection of photos was, as he puts it, “a celebration of the spirit of exploration and cooperation that exemplifies both these men and is still alive today.” The project partially drew inspiration from the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-centure Maritime Silk Road, a strategy and framework proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. The exhbition reflects the importance of intercultural exchange between East and West and it’s role in promoting friendship and business.

[The Forgotten Road]

More info about the exhibition can be found here.

Images c/o: Michael Yamashita

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By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Kathy Keeler ’78] Former competitive rower and Olympic gold medalist Kathy Keeler ’78 speaks about realizing her career goals in an interview with Wesleyan University’s career center. For an Olympic special of their podcast, Careers by Design, she recounts being a member of the women’s eights team that took gold in rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

Keeler qualified for the U.S. Olympic rowing squad in 1980, was a member of the U.S. national rowing team in 1982, and, overall, was a member of four U.S. national rowing teams. As U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1996, she directed the U.S. women’s lightweight double to a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also a college coach at Smith College, among other institutions.

In the podcast Keeler––Wesleyan’s only graduate to win Olympic gold––reflects on how she chose to pursue rowing and how she kept at it throughout the years. Whatever career you choose, she says, it’s always a process.

Listen to the clip on SoundCloud…

Image: c/o Fair Game News

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Wulingyuan

Acclaimed National Geographic Magazine photographer Michael Yamashita ’71 will have his photography collection One Belt, One Road – The Silk Road Journey featured at Singapore’s inaugural Chinese Culture Week. The five day program, which runs between September 9 and 13, aims to celebrate different aspects of Chinese cultural traditions, history, and lifestyles through a series of events.

Yamashita’s photographic adventure took him through over 20 cities from central to western China. Notable highlights from his journey include the Terracotta Army, Big Goose Pagoda, Crescent Moon Lake, Id Kah Mosque, and the Zhangye Rainbow Mountain. His route retraced the steps of famous explorers who traversed the Silk Road such as Marco Polo and Zheng He.

Yamashita’s thesis behind his collection of photos was, as he puts it, “a celebration of the spirit of exploration and cooperation that exemplifies both these men and is still alive today.” The project partially drew inspiration from the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-centure Maritime Silk Road, a strategy and framework proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in 2013. The exhbition reflects the importance of intercultural exchange between East and West and it’s role in promoting friendship and business.

[The Forgotten Road]

More info about the exhibition can be found here.

Images c/o: Michael Yamashita

Share this story: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20160822-michael-yamashita

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Reblogged from: Wesconnect News. (Go to the original post…)

By Keren Alshanetsky ’17

[Kathy Keeler ’78] Former competitive rower and Olympic gold medalist Kathy Keeler ’78 speaks about realizing her career goals in an interview with Wesleyan University’s career center. For an Olympic special of their podcast, Careers by Design, she recounts being a member of the women’s eights team that took gold in rowing at the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.

Keeler qualified for the U.S. Olympic rowing squad in 1980, was a member of the U.S. national rowing team in 1982, and, overall, was a member of four U.S. national rowing teams. As U.S. Olympic Team coach in 1996, she directed the U.S. women’s lightweight double to a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She was also a college coach at Smith College, among other institutions.

In the podcast Keeler––Wesleyan’s only graduate to win Olympic gold––reflects on how she chose to pursue rowing and how she kept at it throughout the years. Whatever career you choose, she says, it’s always a process.

Listen to the clip on SoundCloud…

Image: c/o Fair Game News

Share this link: wesconnect.wesleyan.edu/news-20160822-kathy-keeler

#THISISWHY

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