Archive for Social Entrepreneurship

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StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.

They bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators working to create change.  They connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

They do this through a transformative 5-day experience where Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies.  As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.

StartingBloc is looking for some Middlebury student participants and have extended their deadline to March 19th, 2015!! Applications for scholarships are also still open! Check out thoughts and opinions on StartingBloc NOLA following this link: http://startingbloc.org/nola15/

AND APPLY NOW!! http://startingbloc.org/institute/

 

http://emilyahay.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/challengedetroit1.pngChallenge Detroit is a proven model for revitalization by attracting and retaining top talent, and offering the opportunity to contribute to a great city by providing the opportunity for tomorrow’s leaders to live in an urban setting, work at a leading area company, experience the cultural aspects of the city, and partner with nonprofits to make an impact through an innovative intellectual giving model.

The yearlong Fellowship program provides an opportunity for approximately 30 individuals of various intellects and backgrounds to come together in an effort to shape the future of Detroit. Through a wide-­‐spread social movement, the narratives and experiences of these individuals is amplifying Detroit’s potential and influencing public perception about the present and future of the city.

To learn more about what Fellows do and how to apply please check out the following link: Challenge Detroit 2015-2016 Job Posting (1)

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 About the Dean:  Associate Professor Kent Glenzer was appointed dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management in January 2015. Glenzer serves as the academic leader overseeing the school’s degree programs in Business Administration (MBA), International Education Management, International Environmental Policy, International Policy and Development, Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, and Public Administration (MPA), as well as a variety of related non-degree programs.

Expertise: I have extensive work and research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, having lived there for 13 years and focused on it as both an external and internal consultant to NGOs and public sector agencies for 10 more years. I have a strong background, both practically and academically, in civil society, social movements, and policy advocacy. I specialize in organizations, organizational development, organizational behavior and culture, institutional and organizational fields, and organizational evolution and learning processes. All my work and thinking centralizes on the power dynamics, inequalities, and identity politics that surround and constitute development processes, programs, policies, and strategies.

EVENT DETAILS:

Lunch with MIIS Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy and Management
When: Wednesday, February 25
Where: 12:15 pm in Adirondack House at CCI
Bring your questions, lunch IS provided, and have a conversation about MBA, MPA and several other programs in sunny California!!

 

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The Linkedin blog is a great way to receive new insights and advice to better profile and connect with your career and network! Become a subscriber!

 

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The Global Good Fund is now accepting applications for our 2016 Fellowship cohort. This 15-month Fellowship accelerates the personal growth of high potential leaders in the social sector. If you are an entrepreneur solving complex social problems and achieving global good, you should apply!

The Global Good Fund is a leadership development enterprise built by and for social entrepreneurs. They  identify high-potential leaders and accelerate their success through proven and proprietary development methods. The Global Good Fund  invests in these leaders by pairing them with executives who serve as Coaches, and by providing leadership assessment resources, a network of peers, sector expertise, and targeted financial capital.

Part 1 of the application will be accepted through June 1st, 2015. Please visit our website below for more information about the Fellowship and the application process / timeline.

Learn more and apply

 

 

http://unreasonableatsea.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/echoing-green-BIG4.jpgSince the founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided more than 600 promising social entrepreneurs working in sixty countries with $36 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to their global network of champions. These social innovators have gone on to launch, and now lead, some of today’s most important social enterprises throughout the world. Others have gone on to become leaders in a variety of sectors, having been profoundly shaped by their experiences launching social enterprises.

So what blind spots can you see and what gaps can YOU  fill at our Fellows’ organizations and at our like-minded peers across sectors different sectors around the world? Be bold in accepting what you know and what you believe, and look for a role that encourages you to bring your unique perspective to drive social innovation.

Follow the link provided to learn more about the SEVERAL POSITIONS available to you: http://www.echoinggreen.org/blog/social-impact-jobs-january-2015

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As a fellow, you will spend three months designing and implementing a web development project related to education, technology, and social good. TechChange staff will provide training, mentorship, and a series of events to support you in your process.

Follow the link to learn more about this opportunity and apply before the deadline on February 15, 2015: http://techchange.org/fellowship

http://admin.csrwire.com/system/profile_logos/13527/original/images.jpgVermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) will be hosting a conference at Green Mountain College on Friday, April 10th for college students wondering about life after college and making an impact in the world. College students today want to engage in meaningful work that will bring about positive change in the world.  At the same time, financial pressures lead many to question whether it is possible to follow their passions and still earn a decent enough living. This conference will explore the challenges and opportunities of doing both. Join VBSR for an inspiring series of TED-style talks from mission-driven entrepreneurs and leaders of change in business, government, and education. Student will get to engage with these and other leaders in stimulating discussions and meet with them informally.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Tracy Himmel Isham at thimmeli@middlebury.edu. This event is FREE to the public!

Also please REGISTER here: http://vbsr.org/events/making_a_difference_making_a_living/

 

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A transformative, hands-on experience that sets the stage for a purposeful and international career.

The Ambassador Corps program offers an entry point for a meaningful career by way of internship opportunities with non-profit, micro-finance, governmental or private organizations. The Ambassador Corps is an intensive three-month summer internship that is specifically designed to provide Middlebury College, Institute and Schools Abroad students a unique frontlines work experience premier social entrepreneurship organizations in developing countries.

Ambassador Corps internship assignments focus on microfinance, sustainable agriculture, human trafficking, social justice, environmental conservation, eco-tourism, youth entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, disaster relief/development, public health and disease eradication, sustainable education, community-based engineering projects, and business planning for social enterprises and NGOs.

Each summer, the “Ambassadors” complete an intensive one-week cross cultural training program before departing on 1-3 month internships in various regions around the world, including Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

Come find out more information TODAY:  Monday, January 26th at CCI Adirondack House Library at 1:00 p.m.

 

Projects for Peace is an initiative for all students at the Davis United World College Scholars Program partner schools to design grassroots projects for the summer of 2015 – anywhere in the world - which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties.  We encourage applicants to use their creativity to design projects and employ innovative techniques for engaging project participants in ways that focus on conflict resolution, reconciliation, building understanding and breaking down barriers which cause conflict, and finding solutions for resolving conflict and maintaining peace.  Through a competition on over 90 campuses, projects will be selected for funding at $10,000 each.

Applications are due Monday, January 12, 2015 to hneuwirth@middlebury.edu. If you have any questions please feel free to email Heather Neuwirth ’08, Associate Director of Programs on Creativity and Innovation and the Center for Social Entrepreneurship at hneuwirth@middlebury.edu

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Certified B Corporations are leading a global movement to redefine success in business and driving to translate ideas into action!

By voluntarily meeting higher standards of transparency, accountability, and performance, Certified B Corps are distinguishing themselves in a cluttered marketplace by offering a positive vision of a better way to do business.

Government and the nonprofit sector are necessary but insufficient to address society’s greatest challenges. Business, the most powerful man-made force on the planet, must create value for society, not just shareholders. Systemic challenges require systemic solutions and the B Corp movement offers a concrete, market-based and scalable solution.

APPLY TODAY to become a B Corps Fellow!!!! B Corps Fellows will be trained to work with thousands of companies to measure and manage the impact of their businesses on their workers, communities, and the environment with as much rigor as their profits.

The early action deadline is December 31st and the final application deadline is January 31st, 2015!

Follow the link below for more information: http://www.bcorporation.net/fellows

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StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.

They bring together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators working to create change.  They connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

Through a transformative 5-day experience, Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies.  As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.

Check out the TOOLBOX following this link below!

http://startingbloc.org/toolbox/

The Changemaker’s TOOLBOX will help you rapidly execute on your ideas and advance your mission!!

http://blogs.rochester.edu/SBAI/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/100-projects.jpg There will be an information session on the Davis Projects for Peace today at 4:30 p.m in Davis Library Room 201.

The Davis Projects for Peace program is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2015.

Undergraduate students at more than 90 college campuses across the United States, including those of you who will graduate this academic year, are eligible to design and submit proposals that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st century.  The top submissions from the participating campuses, including at least one from Middlebury, will receive funding of $10,000 with which to initiate projects anywhere in the world during the summer of 2015.

  This week, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge was launched! Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge provides some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds.

Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of our “Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship” and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world.

Individuals can support and fundraise for participating social entrepreneurs and their gifts will be leveraged by the Skoll Foundation.  This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants.

The Social Entrepreneurs Challenge will run through December 5, 2014. You can donate on the Social Entrepreneurs Challenge page.

http://acornvt.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/acornvt-headerlogo_01.png   ACORN and the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) are pleased to announce a local money conference for networking food, agriculture, and forestry businesses. Entrepreneurs, regional capital providers and business service providers come together at this annual event in Middlebury. On Nov 6 from 8:30-2:30 Financing the Working Landscape aims to:

  • Introduce entrepreneurs to local capital providers and business service providers
  • Educate business owners and entrepreneurs about how to prepare for capitalization
  • Catalyze opportunities for all participants through networking and “elevator” pitches

The conference will include keynote speaker Mike Pieciak, Deputy Commissioner of the VT Department of Financial Regulation, an Entrepreneurs Showcase, a Challenge Presentation (expert feedback on a specific business challenge presented by a business owner), numerous business experts, and networking opportunities throughout the day. This is our 4th year and each year presents new insights for small business development.

To learn more and register please visit: http://acornvt.org/

 

 

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StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world.

StartingBloc brings together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators working to create change.  They connect them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

Through a transformative 5-day experience, Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies.  As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.

StartingBloc will be hosting 5 institutions in 2015 (see below) and they are accepting early applications! To learn more visit: http://startingbloc.org/la15/

Locations:

  • LA ’15: February 19 – 23
  • NOLA ’15: May 28 – June 1
  • NY ’15: August 6 – 10
  • DC ’15: October 22 – 26

http://sites.middlebury.edu/middmag/files/2012/01/MID_063_11_CSE_Logo_RGB.jpgIf you are considering applying, or know a potential candidate for the CSE Fellowship Application, please note that the deadline is now EXTENDED to 5:00 p.m. on Monday October 27. It is important to know that the CSE Fellowship is not only for students who have specific project ideas, but also for any Middlebury student (graduating 16.5, 17 and 17.5) who has a genuine passion for positive social change and the aspiration to lead with humility and empathy. The CSE believes that investing in and supporting promising Middlebury students with the ability to think creatively and execute their ideas will result in a lifetime of leadership.

For those who are not aware, the CSE Fellowship is among a small handful of opportunities in the country that provide college students with unique access and exposure to mentorship, funding, and a vast network of individuals and organizations who are leading positive social change around the world. Becoming a CSE Fellow opens the door to a lifetime of social change.

For more information about the fellowship program please follow this link.
Apply Now

 

Alexandra Peterson Cart, a Middlebury alumna, is the co-founder and director of strategic development of Madeira Global, a New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing. She is an experienced philanthropic consultant who has designed, implemented and managed highly-leveraged philanthropic strategies for organizations including the Tribeca Film Festival Doha and Time 100 as well as for celebrity clientele.

When: Friday, October 3rd

Where: Axinn, Room 219

Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m.

ALSO Middlebury’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship  will be hosting a lunch with Alexandra open to eight members of the Middlebury community at 11:15 in 118 South Main. Be sure to RSVP by emailing middleburycse@middlebury.edu!

 

 

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Middlebury students, this program is tailor-made for you, in fact, recent Midd graduate, Marty Schnure ’11 recently received a Wild Gift grant for her start-up Maps for Good!

“Wild Gift selects budding social entrepreneurs, take them on a deep wilderness trip, and give them startup capital ($10,000) and expert mentorship to accelerate their idea. THEY DO THE REST.

Every year Wild Gift recruits outstanding new leaders to its Network of better-world entrepreneurs through an intensive application process. I am pleased to inform you that we have begun to accept applications for the 2015 class. Through a rigorous application process, we recruit dynamic young individuals (ages 21-35) with innovative, entrepreneurial ideas. Successful applicants exhibit a deep passion and commitment to wilderness and sustainability and the capacity to bring better world projects to fruition. Selected applicants receive a deep wilderness trek in Idaho, up to $10,000 in grant funding, and professional mentorship to refine a leadership project that will advance the stewardship of wild nature and sustainable human development. Wild Gift recipients become a part of the Wild Gift Network — a community of action-oriented individuals that will support them on their life-long journey to develop and promote more sustainable communities.”

DEADLINE: July 15, 2014 at 5 PM MT

APPLY NOW: http://wildgift.org/apply

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The Echoing Green Social Impact Job Board for April 2014 has posted a wide variety of jobs across the world, many of which are entry-level!  For instance, you could assist in photography and graphics design as a Marketing Coordinator with Mercado Global in Panajachel, Guatemala, traveling frequently and working with local staff and artisans!  This is just one example of the worldwide job opportunities advertised on Echoing Green’s job board. Check out this link to browse more jobs!

A link to the the Echoing Green blog is also located in the side column to the right of this post, under the first heading, “CSR & Social Entrepreneurship Resources.”  Click on it and scroll down to find the link to the current month’s Social Impact Job Board.  Check anytime for updates and new job postings!