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What’s your social venture idea? The best time to get your venture started is now, but it will take critical feedback, mentorship, connections and seed funding to get started. The University of Minnesota Acara Challenge is a great opportunity for UMN students to pitch their plan. Outside competitions and fellowships can also serve as entry points to access a wider audience as well as more serious early stage capital. Here are some opportunities you might consider.

Competitions

Artha Challenge

Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Berkeley Big Ideas Competition

Cleantech Open

D. Prize Competition

Dell Social Innovation Challenge

Equator Competition

Minnesota Cup

NESST

OpenIDEO Challenge 

XPRIZE

40 Chances Competitions/Fellowships

 

Fellowship Programs

Acumen Fellows

Agora Partnerships

American India Clinton Fellowship

Ashoka Fellows

Bose Scholars Program (for research in India)

Clinton Fellowship – American India Foundation

Compass Fellows

Draper Richard Kaplan Fellows

Echoing Green Fellows

Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship – Monterey Institute

Fulbright Fellow Programs

Global Health Fellowship

Mara Foundation Fellows

National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) – Innovation Fellowship

Pop Tech

Reach for Change Fellows

Resolution Fellows

SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development

Skoll Foundation

The Do School

Unreasonable Institute Fellowship

USAID Fellowship Program

Villgro Fellowship

Vittana Fellowship 

Yale Jackson Institute – International Fellowship

 

Incubation, Acceleration, Awards

Accion – Frontier Investment Group

Africa Angels Network

Ashden Awards

Be Social Change

BID Network

Carbon War Room

CURA: Tech – Civic Technology Incubator

Endeavor

Enviu

Deloitte Global Project Challenge

Fledge

Global Social Benefit Incubator

Good Capital

Green Start

Hub

Impact Engine

Infodev

Net Impact (Twin Cities Mentorship Program)

SVT Group

UMN IPID Grant Program

Village Capital

William James Foundation

You Noodle

 

Early Stage Venture Funding

Ankur Capital – Spark the Rise

IMNPACT Angels (via Gust)

 

 

photo (17)The Acara Challenge competition provides U of Minnesota students the opportunity to pitch their idea for funding.

 

 

 

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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.

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