What is the Acara Social Venture Launchpad Course?
This class is an intensive one-week course on how to turn an idea into a viable social business model. No prior experience with a business class (or even an interest in taking one) is needed. The class is geared towards a multidisciplinary audience, with a wide variety of skills and backgrounds. The goal of the class is to work on technologies or ideas that address a grand challenge in a financially self-sustaining manner. The class assumes that students have an idea (potential solution) in mind, which they will explore and develop during the class. Students are encouraged to focus on a specific community – overseas or locally. Student teams are allowed and encouraged to take the course (i.e., students already working in a team can take the class together). The course features numerous guest lecturers, discussions and activities for the aspiring social entrepreneur.
When does the course meet?
January 12-16, 2015, 9am-5pm each day, in the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building, Institute on the Environment, R380. This course occurs during January-term the week before spring semester begins.
How can I apply?
Students interested in this course should submit an application via z.umn.edu/acara2015. A resume (up to 1 page) and brief motivation essay (up to 2 pages) are required as part of the application and can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; see the application link above for details. Applications are due by December 21, 2014. After December 21, course applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Seats are limited to 25. Apply soon while space remains!
Who teaches the course?
Acara Social Venture Launchpad is taught by Acara Director Fred Rose and Acara Assistant Director Brian Bell.
What is Acara?
Acara is a series of courses and incubation actions to educate future leaders and develop impactful venture solutions focused on societal and environmental change in the U.S. and globally. For additional information contact Fred Rose at email@example.com or see www.acara.umn.edu.