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