Key Points of Each Group’s Proposal

For the sake of streamlining our discussion tomorrow, a few of us concentrated our group presentations down to a few bullet points – please review for class so we know what we’re working with. See below.

Group A

Fewer projects, but higher quality projects

Finding experts and developing ideas of the projects to their highest, most cost effective potential.


·      Annual lecture series

·      Workshops

o      Finding entrepreneurs who may want to share their failures.

·      Incorporating social entrepreneurship into classrooms


·      Application process

o      Presentation/ interview process

o      Budget required

·      Advising board to supervise projects

·      Rolling deadlines


·      Applying as a non-profit:

·      Starting small w/ focus on advising projects and providing grants

·      Gradual expansion of endowment plugged into lecture series

·      Pursuing grants outside campus

·      Finding donors

o      Potentially meeting w/ trustees to allocate a small portion of the endowment to the center

Group B

  • Involve students in every feasible way into the Center
    • Use interns for much of planning on conferences, summer school, day-to-day labor
    • Involve students in decision-making process on grants and center activity
  • Offer 8 large grants annually averaging $20-$30K
  • Offer 8 smaller grants annually averaging $5-$10K
  • Annual conference in September emphasizing the work of grant recipients
  • 4-week School for Social Entrepreneurship for recent college graduates – liberal-arts focused
    • Part I: Developing necessary skills
    • Part II: In-depth critique of each student’s proposals
  • Integrate social entrepreneurship into the curriculum, scaling up to a minor
  • Create a VP of Creativity and Innovation

Group C

  • Intramiddlebury networking to facilitate the awareness of interconnectedness of Middlebury’s on-campus resources
  • Incubator in the form of idea tables, seminars, and a library to foster creative thinking
  • Year-long theme to focus campus initiatives and lectures
  • Idea competition, including but not limited to Middlebury students,
  • Summer program to empower emerging entrepreneurs with necessary skill sand techniques

Group D

Lectures are crucial, especially a “Pathways to Peace” oriented annual lecture.

Grant Competition
Big grants awarded in various categories (e.g. Environment, Poverty, Hunger, etc.). Limit to 3-5 categories

Small Grants awarded throughout the year, quarterly basis perhaps?

·      Documentation

Grant donors need to know if their money is being well utilized. Blogs, pictures, and videos will serve an educational purpose as it can be incorporated into the curriculum of lectures, as well as particular departments such as the Film Department where film majors can earn credit based on their roles in documenting the projects of the social entrepreneurs.

Essentially, it all ties back to the FLOW OF IDEAS: Creation, Development, Grants, Implementation/Documentation, Fundraising, and then back to Creation.

Group E

  • select a program area / community through a demand-driven soliciting process, and community wide selection process
  • conduct data-driven, sustainable social entrepreneurship projects / initiatives (incorporating both the Middlebury and non-Middlebury universes)
  • engage in thorough data-driven evaluations of undertaken projects
  • scale up successes through leveraged finance / relationships with larger NGO’s operating in the area

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