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Opportunities and Events

Jun 12-14: Deshpande Symposium, Lowell, MA  

Join colleagues in academia for the Annual Deshpande Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education. Co-founded by the Deshpande Foundation and the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2012, this annual conference brings together academics, policy planners and practitioners to discuss best practices in integrating entrepreneurship throughout their college and university communities. We are proud to be a continued supporter of this event and our Associate Director Emily Weiner will be on a panel about Institutional Approaches to Changemaking & Social Innovation with fellow Ashoka U Changemaker Campus on June 13 at 11:15am. Register here by June 7. 

Jun 14-16: Discovering Flourishing Enterprise, Cleveland, OH

Join leaders, change agents and entrepreneurs from the business, academic, nonprofit and government sectors who share a common goal of achieving great performance, engaging people and doing well. A highlight of the Fourth Global Forum will be the awarding of the inaugural 17 Flourish Prizes. These prizes showcase profitable business innovations that are helping achieve the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To inspire creativity and authenticity, the Global Forum will take place in a multi-sensory environment influenced by the transformative power of art, music and nature. The Global Forum will be held in Case Western Reserve's new Tinkham Veale University Center. Register here by June 14.

Jun 30: Ashoka American Express Leadership Academy Bootcamp Application Deadline, New York City, Mexico City, Nairobi, Dakar, Berlin

Ashoka’s American Express Leadership Bootcamps in Mexico City, New York City, Nairobi, Dakar, and Berlin are looking for 100 changemakers that are creating a positive impact in their communities through healthcare, education, food security, etc. These chosen changemakers will have the opportunity to receive industry insights, personalized feedback, direct connections to sector leaders and ongoing support from a network of peers who are rising stars in the social enterprise world. Apply here by the deadline of June 30th. 

July 12: Social Innovation Forum's Accelerator Application Deadline, Boston, MA

The Social Innovation Forum's Social innovation accelerator is an opportunity for small to mid-sized  organizations to access more than $150,000 in consulting services, executive coaching, graphic design services, and $10,000 in cash upon completion of the consulting engagement. One organization will be chosen for each of the 8 tracks which include: advancing education in New Bedford, breaking the cycle of incarceration, establishing financial education as a building block for success, improving access to healthy living, promoting successful advancement and integration for immigrants refugees and asylum seekers, supporting accessibility and opportunities for young people with disabilities, and "Anything goes: innovative, effective, and sustainable approaches to our region's toughest social issues". Go here to apply or to nominate an organization by the deadline of July 12th. 

Aug 6: IKEA Bootcamp Application Deadline , Almhult, Sweden

Applications are now open for IKEA’s bootcamp from September to December in Sweden for “Big Problem” solving startups. These startups will have access to IKEA’s prototype shop, test labs, innovation development, housing, mentorship, and 20,000 euro grant. They will also co-create and collaborate with IKEA in order to help solve the world's most pressing dilemmas. Whether your startup works within fields such as disruptive technologies, disruptive design, food innovation, manufacturing, sustainability, customer experience & retail, systems & analytics, or supply chain & logistics, you are eligible to apply now.

Aug 7: Hampton Creek Fellowship, San Francisco, CA

Hampton Creek is sponsoring a one-week immersive fellowship in San Francisco for 5 Babson College students. Fellows will learn about Hampton Creek’s business and operations, and use their skills to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. This opportunity is open to both Graduate and Undergraduate students. To apply, click here.

Aug 30: D-Prize Application Deadline 

Distribution Equals Development is sponsoring this award for a business or NGO plan that solves one of the “Distribution Challenges”. These challenges focus on topics such as girl’s education, agriculture, energy, global health, education, governance, and infrastructure, etc. If you are an entrepreneur looking to launch a new initiative based on these focus points, or an entrepreneur in need of high-risk capital, you are eligible to apply and possibly win a prize up to $20,000. Apply here by August 20th at Midnight PT or by July 30th Midnight PT for early decision.

Hampton Creek Fellowship, San Francisco, CA

Hampton Creek is sponsoring a one-week immersive fellowship in San Francisco for 5 Babson College students. Fellows will learn about Hampton Creek’s business and operations, and use their skills to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. This opportunity is open to both Graduate and Undergraduate students. To apply, click here.

Sep 19-21: Verge Summit, Santa Clara, CA

GreenBiz’s Verge Summit is a combination of presentations, workshops, breakouts, and networking events that explore challenges at the intersection of technology and sustainability. Whether it’s one of the World’s largest companies like Google, progressive government agencies like the California Public Utilities Commission, or successful startups like Cityzenith, attendees will be able to join the sustainability conversation with some of the world’s most influential bodies.

Sep 19-June 13: Mill Cities Leadership Institute, Lawrence, MA

Mill Cities Leadership institute has a yearlong program that encourages students to practice soft skills of emotional intelligent leadership, deepen one's insight into social responsibility, and generate new initiatives and solutions. Through experiential learning, the Mill Cities Leadership Institute fosters leaders who have vision, civic awareness, and professional confidence. To apply or learn more click here

Feb 6-8: GreenBiz18, Phoenix, AZ

GreenBiz18 is an annual forum that attracts the world’s largest companies in discussing sustainability’s most pressing issues and opportunities. The guiding force of this forum is the State of Green Business report which is an award winning research and analysis of sustainability trends and metrics. Learn more here.

Volunteer Opportunity to Help Women Inmates with their Business Plans 

Venturing out is seeking Babson student volunteers to perform research for female inmate students who are currently developing their business plan ideas. Research will help students learn how to assess competition, price their services, keep overhead low, negotiate effectively, and hire the right people. Venturing Out is an organization that empowers inmates to use entrepreneurial skills to create complete business plans that will help them launch small, practical businesses once they have finished serving their prison sentence. This entrepreneurial education program helps to reduce the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend. For more information contact Judy Armell via email: judyarmell@aol.com