Tag Archives: Social Entrepreneurship

Receive $10,000 in Funding for a Summer Project That Promotes Peace!

Projects for Peace is an initiative for Middlebury students to design grassroots projects that build community and address the root causes of conflict.

Watch this video with Projects for Peace grant recipient Meron Benti ’19 on how to design a successful application. Password: aQL2G=AJ

The Innovation Hub will be holding virtual office hours on November 17 at 3:30 PM EST to answer any additional questions! Email hneuwirth@middlebury.edu for the zoom information. 

The deadline to submit a project proposal is Wednesday, December 16 at 5 PM EST.

Learn more here.

Davis Projects for Peace $10,000 Grant

The Projects for Peace program is now accepting proposals for its next cycle of funding. The program, which honors international philanthropist Kathryn Wasserman Davis, invites all current students, including graduating seniors, to submit proposals that address the goal of improving the prospects for peace in the 21st century. The Middlebury project judged to be the most promising and feasible will be funded at $10,000. The Innovation Hub is hosting an info session on Wednesday, October 23rd at 4:30pm in their conference room, located at 118 South Main Street. Students can learn more about this grant and proposal details at go/peace. Please email mbenti[at]middlebury.edu if you have any further questions.

Midd Entrepreneurs J-Term Course Info Session

The Innovation Hub is now accepting applications for its J-Term course Middlebury Entrepreneurs. This is a visiting instructor-led winter term course taught by the team at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). The goal of the class is to provide student entrepreneurs with the tools and knowledge necessary for developing their ideas for a new business, tech company or social organization into a full-fledged startup.

Innovation Hub staff members and Sam Roach-Gerber, one of the instructors from VCET, will be holding an info session on Wednesday, October 2nd at 4.30pm in the Conference Room of the Innovation Hub. Join us if you are interested in learning more about the course or apply now to the course at go/MiddE20. Email Meron Benti ’19 mbenti[at]middlebury.edu if you have any questions in the meantime. 

Social Impact Fellowship w/focus on Youth in Conflict Affected Regions

Do you have a novel idea that can help children who have been displaced internally in their country of origin or in host communities anywhere in the world as a result of conflict in the Middle East? Don’t miss a chance to develop and test your innovative ideas that could help impact their lives in a positive way. Students and faculty from all disciplines with an idea for a project, product or program are invited to apply to the Blossom Hill Foundation Fellowship program by April 16. Download the application from our website http://www.blossomhill-foundation.org/fellowship.html

Blossom Hill Foundation is thrilled to announce that the application for our third year of the Blossom Hill Fellowship Program is now available on our website! There are two tracks of funding: Emerging Leader Fellows, eligible for up to $10,000 a year; and Sustaining Impact Fellows, eligible for up to $50,000 a year. All completed applications must be received by Monday, April 16, 2018.

Eligibility requirements are as follows:

·  Project beneficiaries: Project must aim to positively impact the lives of communities (children, youth, families, etc.) affected by conflict and war in the Middle East. This can be in the Middle East itself or any other country where war refugee populations have needs.

·  Experience: Applicants should have significant experience and close ties with the community and culture their idea is designed to serve.

·  Language proficiency: Applicants should possess the language skills necessary for the successful implementation of their proposed initiative.

·  Partner: Applicants must have a partner NGO registered as a U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable organization to serve as a fiscal sponsor.

Harvard’s Synergy: A Conference on Social Innovation & Enterprises Apply by 11/30

Harvard’s Synergy
In three days, Harvard’s Synergy gives you the skills, mentorship, and network to create your own startup. Hosted by the Harvard Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC), the signature conference at the university in Cambridge, MA from January 17 – 19, 2018, covers product ideation, business modeling, marketing, investor pitching, and other aspects of creating a successful social enterprise. Past participants have created space-efficient homeless shelters, a computer science academy for Zimbabwean students, and other worldwide startups. Visit their website for more details, or apply here by November 30th, 2017.

IDEX Accelerator & Global Fellowship in India: Oct. 15 Application Deadline

The IDEX Accelerator & Global Fellowship Program has an upcoming application deadline of October 15th for their January 2018 cohort program. The program was founded on the idea that by investing in the future generations of leaders who are passionate about leading high-impact careers, we can regenerate local economies and build stronger communities around the world. There is a tuition involved but there are also scholarships within the IDEX system to cover many expenses such as travel. For instance, IDEX founded the InvestWISE Scholarship Fund in 2014 and made it a core part of their mission to help balance the gender scales to place more women in leadership roles within specialized impact fields such as Agriculture, Clean Energy, Impact Investing, Technology for Development and Public Policy.

Check out the program here: http://www.idexaccelerator.com/.

About IDEX Accelerator

IDEX is a US based non-profit that was incubated under Gray Matters Capital in 2010 with the objective of  developing the next wave of “social intrapreneurs” who will support, lead and advance the work of socially-focused enterprises around the world! IDEX Fellows undergo six months of leadership and business development training by working full-time for social enterprises across India. IDEX Fellows work in areas including health, education, gender, energy, livelihood, environment, impact investing etc. Currently, IDEX alumni come from all corners of the globe.

Middlebury Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Application DUE 9/29

Are you a Junior Feb, Sophomore, or Sophomore Feb interested in social change here at Middlebury? Do you want funding to reflect and think deeply about issues of social justice here and around the world? Do you want access to a like-minded cohort, experienced mentors, and a powerful changemaking network? If you answered yes to those questions, the Middlebury SE Fellowship and ChangeMaker program is for you! Whether or not you have a specific project in mind, we welcome students from all identities and academic backgrounds to apply. The social entrepreneurship program equips students to become effective agents of change.  Fill out the application form at go/sefellowship2017 by 11:59pm on Friday, September 29th, 2017. Details are available in the form, and questions can be directed to Jiya Pandya at jpandya@middlebury.edu.