University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

This toolkit is designed for wanna-be social entrepreneurs; faculty teaching this subject; or anyone enthusiastic to learn about social entrepreneurship.

Social Entrepreneurship

Christopher Gregen addressing the Duke University Acara Challenge participants on what is Social Entrepreneurship in Feb 2010.

Base of the Pyramid

Monica Touesnard introducing the Base of the Pyramid to Cornell University Acara participants in Feb 2010.

Designing Thinking: Hearing the Customer’s Voice

Acara’s Design Lecture

IDEO’s Human-Centered Design Toolkit

Stanford University Bootcamp Bootleg

Jeremy Knopow‘s web lecture to all Acara Challenge Spring 2011 participants.

Toby Nord‘s lecture at University of Minnesota Acara class in Feb 2010.

Value Proposition
Product Realization
Scott Nelson’s lecture at University of Minnesota:
Business Models
“A business model describes the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers, and captures value”

Acara’s Lecture

Toby Nord’s lecture at University of Minnesota:

Emerging Markets Business Models
Market Segmentation

Market Segmentation is about answering the questions – Who are your customers? How will you reach them?

Acara’s lecture (pdf)


How will you get your product or service to your customer?

Acara’s lecture (pdf)

Business Risk


Developing a great business plan alone is not enough, being able to communicate it well to others (funders, supports) is equally important

Venture Plan
Giving Good Presentations

Acara’s lecture (pdf)

Mike Spack‘s lecture on ‘Giving Good Technical Presentations’

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.