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Acara is an 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. Through Acara’s courses, workshops and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges.

2014 ACARA PROGRAMS

Application Open - Acara Global Venture Design Course - Fall 2014

Apply now for the Fall 2014 Acara Global Venture Design Course (CE 5571 / PA 5290 / ARCH 5550). In this course students will partner with multidisciplinary teammates in the US and India to create impact venture solutions to a social challenge in India. This 4-credit course will run at the University of Minnesota Fall 2014 on Fridays 9am-noon. See the course webpage for more information and instructions to apply.

Dow Challenge

Graduate students: Are you up for a challenge? The Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA), a program of IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. Initial applications will be opening soon and will be due by October 31, 2014. We’ll host an information session on Dow SISCA September 25, 2014. Learn more here. Contact bell0384@umn.edu with questions.

Acara 2014/5 Courses and Challenge

The Acara sequence of courses, and subsequent Challenge, offer a unique way to get involved in creating sustainable solutions for social and environmental change. Find out about the courses and the Challenge.  Learn more

Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA)

SISCA, a program of IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.  Learn more

Discovery India – UMN Study Abroad – Bangalore, India

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In May 2014,  we spent three weeks learning about development challenges and creating venture plans with UMN students in Bangalore, India. Through field trips and interactions with entrepreneurs we explored topics such as water, energy, waste, and food. Learn more

PARENT INSTITUTE
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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2014 Acara Spring Institute

September 5, 2014: Fall Acara Challenge course begins

September 9, 2014: Acara Open House

October 31, 2014: Dow SISCA Applications Due

December 4, 2014: Dow SISCA Final Presentations

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