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Acara

Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Through Acara’s courses, workshops and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges.

Announcements

May-term 2015 Info Session – October 28, 12:30-1:30pm!

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 28 12:30-1:30 pm, for an information session on how you can discover INCREDIBLE INDIA with Acara’s May 2015 global seminar to Bangalore. We’ll enjoy tasty Indian food, have a panel discussion involving past participants and review the 2015 program content for CE 5570: Design for Sustainable Development: Discovery. RSVP to Brian Bell at brianb@umn.edu.

May-term 2015 India Global Seminar – Applications Open!

Apply now for Acara’s May-term India three-week global seminar. On this journey of discovery to Bangalore, India, we’ll learn about solutions to societal and environmental challenges, such as water, energy, waste, health and agriculture through the eyes of entrepreneurs, local leaders, and community members. This May-term course is open to undergrad and grad students from all majors. Apply here! To get an idea of the business possibilities in India, read “Trash Walking to Trash Talking – Acara Students’ Internship at Waste Ventures India.

CE 5571 – Apply for Spring 2015 Acara Global Venture Design: Grand Challenges – Minnesota, USA

The Acara Grand Challenge course is a four-credit impact venture design course in which students create business solutions to address grand social and environmental challenges in Minnesota in cooperation with students and professional mentors from diverse backgrounds. The course will be offered Fridays 9 am–noon in Spring 2015. This course is open to grad students and upper level undergrads from all colleges. Submit a resume and short essay to Fred Rose at acara@umn.edu to apply. See the course webpage for more information.

CE 5572 – Apply for Acara Social Venture Launchpad in J-Term 2015

Venture Launchpad is a two-credit impact venture design course in which students develop their ideas for business solutions to address grand social and environmental challenges. It is offered Jan. 12-16, 2015. This course is open to grad students and upper level undergrads from all colleges. Submit a resume and short essay to Fred Rose at acara@umn.edu to apply. See the course webpage for more information.

Dow SISCA Challenge 2014

Graduate students: Are you up for a challenge? The Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA), a program of IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, rewards students for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. Initial applications due October 31. APPLY NOW!!!

 

Acara 2014/2015 Courses and the Acara Challenge

The Acara sequence of courses, and subsequent Challenge, offer a unique way to get involved in creating sustainable solutions for social and environmental change. Find out about the courses and the Challenge.  Learn more

Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA)

DOW SISCA Challenge Winners

SISCA, a program of IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.  Learn more

Discovery India – UMN Study Abroad – Bangalore, India

Acara Workshop Day 1 - Bangalore

In May 2014,  we spent three weeks learning about development challenges and creating venture plans with UMN students in Bangalore, India. Through field trips and interactions with entrepreneurs we explored topics such as water, energy, waste, and food. Learn more

PARENT INSTITUTE
Acara is a social entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.

UPCOMING EVENTS
September 5, 2014 :
Fall Acara Challenge course begins

September 9, 2014:
Acara Open House

October 31, 2014:
Dow SISCA Applications Due

December 4, 2014:
Dow SISCA Final Presentations
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