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.
2013-14 ACARA OPPORTUNITIES
What’s your big idea? The 2014 Acara Challenge is now open for application to all University of Minnesota degree-seeking student. The initial entry form is due by 5pm CST Jan 24, 2014. Finalists will be announced Jan 31, 2014.
The January-Term Venture Create course (CE 5572 / PA 5290 / ARCH 5550) is for students that want to bring their existing idea for a for-profit or non-profit social venture to fruition or scale. The 2-credit course occurs January 13-17, 2014 on the UMN Twin Cities campus.
The Spring 2014 Acara Challenge Course (CE 5571 / PA 5290 / ARCH 5550) will partner multidisciplinary teams of UMN students with the City of North St. Paul to develop venture solutions to social-environmental challenges. This collaboration is part of the Resilient Communities Project.
The next Acara study abroad course will be taught in Bangalore, India from May 18 – June 9, 2014. Applications are now being accepted.
Acara 2013/4 Courses and Challenge
The Acara sequence of courses, and subsequent Challenge, is a unique way to get involved 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. The next application deadline is November 15, 2013. The 2013 Dow SISCA finals will be held December 5, 2013. Learn more
Design for Sustainable Development: Discovery—Bangalore, India
In May 2014, we will spend 3 weeks learning about sustainable development challenges and creating venture plans for financially-viable solutions in Bangalore, India. Through field trips, discussions and lectures with entrepreneurs and practitioners we will explore challenges related to water, energy, waste, food and more. The Bangalore course application is now open here, due by December 19, 2013. Check out the 2013 Delhi study abroad class blog here and 2013 Delhi course syllabus here.