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January 21, 2013fred.roseAcara News DeskComments Off
CE 5572 J Term Participants

CE 5572 J Term Participants

The week of Jan 14-18, 18 intrepid students gave up a week of their semester break to spend on the quiet St. Paul campus to work on their social venture idea. It was a terrific class, with a combination of ideas for Africa and India, and right here in Minnesota. The day course is a combination of learning skills and tools to help a budding entrepreneur and a steady stream of outside guests. A number of these ideas will be in the Acara Challenge on Feb 8, those ideas will be posted soon.

The week set up and guests, below:

  • Day 1 – Who Cares? Guests: Brad Lohrding (Logic PD) on design thinking, entrepreneurs Emily Torgrimson (Eat For Equity) and A.J. Schwidder (Upstream Technologies).
  • Day 2 – Do The Math. Guests: Sam Reid (Tact) on social value proposition, entrepreneurs Joy McBrien (Joylery, Fair Anita ) and Simone Ahuja (Blood Orange).
  • Day 3 – Tell Me a Story. Guests: Todd Reubold (IonE) on presenting, entrepreneur Joel Hodroff (Dual Currency).
  • Day 4 – Show Me The Money. Guests: Heather Durenberger (Management consultant) on development and leadership, Brad Brown (Socentia) on social venture funding, Jessica Marshall (Science writer) on crowdfunding; entrepreneurs Brian Peterson (STLF) and Kyle Coolbroth (CoCo).
  • Day 5 – Make it a Habit. Final presentations.

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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.

January 23, 2015:
Acara Challenge Applications Due

January 26, 2015:
Apply now for Acara May-Term India Study Abroad Course!
More info: CE 5570: Discovery India

February 26, 2015:
Acara Challenge 2015 Competition at McNamara Alumni Center, 8am-4pm

Acara Challenge 2015 Reception and Award Ceremony at McNamara Alumni Center, 5:30-8:30pm