University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota


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


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. Applications are due by May 1, 2014.

Spring Institute - Social Venture Design Course – Spring 2014

Do you have any idea for a social venture that could make money and do good? This spring Acara will teach three day-long venture design courses for individuals, including students and professionals, interested in learning about social entrepreneurship. Register here.

Discovery India - Bangalore Study Abroad Course

The next Acara study abroad course will be taught in Bangalore, India, from May 18 – June 9, 2014.


Acara 2013/4 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 will spend three weeks learning about development challenges and creating venture plans with UMN students in Bangalore, India. Through field trips and interactions with entrepreneurs we will explore topics such as water, energy, waste, and food. Learn more

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.


2014 Acara Spring Institute

April 12, 2014: Spring Institute - Do the Match

April 26, 2014: Spring Institute - Tell me a Story