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December 5: The Global Social Ventures Competition

The Global Social Ventures Competition is a student-run, global competition for individuals, groups, or young businesses that have a business idea that also provides a positive social or environmental impact. Any current or recent graduate student can compete for $50,000 in prizes, also can recieve mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs, feedback throughout judging process and opportunity to network with entrepreneurs and investors.

Due Dates:
-First Round: Executive Summary is due on December 5, 2014 (Online)
-Regional Finals: Business Plan (BP) is due February 11 2015 (Online)
-Finals: Presentations at UC Berkley on April 8-10 2015​

December 5: Social Entrepreneurship Institute, New Haven, CT, USA

Unite For Sight is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit global health delivery organization that is free of commercial interests and committed to promoting high-quality care for all. The Social Entrepreneurship Institute is presented annually by Unite For Sight. The expert speakers will offer key lessons, mentoring, and guidance about strategies that participants can apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, international development, and education.

December 19: The Makers of More Challenge

Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers have partnered to launch Makers of More: Your Idea, Your Community, Your Action - an initiative that seeks to find people whose innovative ideas and inspirational work go beyond the ordinary to help unlock their community’s potential. Ideas and the work in the following categories are welcomed: Economic, Environmental, Culture & Technology. Winning entries of Makers of More will be awarded one Grand Prize of €30,000 and two runner up prizes of €10,000. Two early entry winners will be awarded one prize of €500 each.

Important Dates:
- Early Entry Deadline: 19th November
- Early Entry Winners Announced: 3rd December
- Close of Entry: 19th December 2014

January 12-23, 2015: Frontier Market Scouts Training, Monterey, CA

The program includes an intensive, two-week certificate training that prepares fellows for 3-12 month field assignments with social enterprises and impact investment foundations in the US and abroad.​​

January 31, 2015: The Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement, Plymouth, MA

The Kurt Giessler Foundation for Youth Achievement, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, was formed exclusively for a charitable purpose, specifically to provide grants to individuals ages 12 through 22 to fund self-directed educational projects. Applications for the grants require an essay answering two questions, “How will this initiative benefit you?” and “How will it benefit society?”
Deadline for Applications for Ambition Grants or Prize for Achievement: 31st January 2015​

February 6, 2015: New Challenge

New Challenge is The New School’s annual student competition on social innovation. New School students committed to working on local and global challenges can enter to win financial awards of up to $10,000 as well as invaluable support including mentoring, skills-building workshops, and much more.

February 6, 2015: VentureWell E-team Program

The three-stage program provides grant funding of $5,000, $20,000 and up to $50,000 for qualified teams, as well as experiential workshops, veteran coaching and a potential investment opportunity to help teams manifest their projects’ full commercial potential. Next E-Team Stage 1 deadline is February 6, 2015.

February 26-28, 2015: Ashoka University Exchange, University of Maryland

Gain unique perspectives and insights on social innovation in higher education.

February 27-March 1, 2015: Wisdom 2.0 Conference, Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA

Wisdom 2.0 addresses the great challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another through technology, but to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, effective in our work, and useful to the world. The annual Wisdom 2.0 Conference, held in February each year in the Bay area is the flagship event, bringing together over 2,000 people from 20 countries.

March 6-8, 2015: CGI U 2015, University of Miami, FL

The Clinton Global Initiative University meeting will bring together more than 1,000 innovative student leaders to make Commitments to Action in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. Through the CGI University Network and other opportunities, funding will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.