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Rolling Deadline: Applications Open to Social Entrepreneur Corps

The Social Entrepreneur Corps offers students the real world opportunity to work side-by-side with and learn from practicing social entrepreneurs in Latin America. They have been leading innovative and dynamic impact immersion programs for 10 years and over 1,000 participants have joined programs in The Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Applications are accepted on a rolling invitation process, but a limited number of opportunities are available. Apply now for maximum program availability.

February 13: Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, Columbus, OH

The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship (APTE) summit is organized by OSU students and attended by 1000+ attendees annually. The summit exists to educate and inspire future change-makers on the topic of social innovation. The day will include speaker Q&A sessions driven by attendee Twitter questions, a panel discussion, lunch, and time at the end for attendees to engage with local socially driven initiatives.

February 19: Application Deadline for Rice Business Plan Competition

The Rice Business Plan Competition is the world's richest and largest startup competition, awarding nearly $1.5 million in cash, investment and in-kind prizes in 2015. Hosted by the internationally-recognized, Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, forty-two graduate-level startups will compete in front of 300 investor judges, over three days April 14-16, 2016.  Past competitors have gone on to raise more than $2.1 billion in investment funding after competing at Rice University.

February 20-22: 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. 

February 24: MCLI Social Innovator Mixer , Lowell, MA

The Mill Cities Leadership Institute Class of 2016 are developing projects as socially responsible leaders and innovators. At the MCLI Social Innovator Mixer, several members of the class will make short pitches on their leadership projects .The audience will be able to hear about the ideas at an early stage and offer their feedback and advice. Afterward, there will be a chance for networking as well. 

February 25-26: Ashoka University Exchange, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

The Ashoka U Exchange is hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, February 25-26, 2016. During your three days at the Exchange, you’ll join hundreds of other innovators in higher education who are reimagining how to utilize colleges and universities as platforms to catalyze long-term change and social impact. Here inspiration is sparked and deep connections are formed with peers who share your passion for higher education.

March 1: Forest Foundation Summer Internship, Boston, MA

Forest Foundation supports 50 paid summer internships at exceptional non-profit organizations in Greater Boston. Accepted interns are paired with non-profits whose missions align with the intern's passion, skill sets, and academic path. Forest Foundation provides leadership development, guidance, and mentorship through a series of development meeting days, special projects and other programming.

March 5: Next Generation Mobility Challenge

Toyota and Net Impact will be coming to Babson for the Next Generation Mobility Challenge. Student teams will be immersed in a 7 hour design thinking process to generate ideas as to how to build community, accessibility, and adoption of sustainable technologies in our mobility systems. 

March 11: Application Deadline for Generous U

Generous U is a national contest to increase awareness and involvement of students on college campuses about the importance and impact of philanthropy and philanthropic values. Student groups are invited to compete for the $10,000 Sillerman prize and the Generous U award. The competition is judged based on the proposals and videos submitted by undergraduate and graduate students eligible to receive the prize through their college or university.

March 13: Application Deadline for NEW Leadership New England

National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership New England hosts an annual five-day residential program during the summer for undergraduate women at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. NEW Leadership New England is a leadership training program designed to educate and empower young women to give them the skills to be part of the next generation of women leaders. The summer program includes workshops for students to develop leadership skills as well as presentations from politically active women throughout New England. 

April 4: Application Deadline for Tibetan Innovation Challenge

The Tibetan Innovation Challenge is intended to create innovative and practical business ideas that Tibetan refugees can implement in their communities to foster long-term economic development and stability. The best ideas will be adaptable for similar communities and populations in other parts of the world. Teams should consist of 2-5 members that can be from multiple universities as long as each member is a currently enrolled student. 

April 15: Application Deadline for NOLA'16 StartingBloc Institute

StartingBloc brings students together with local change leaders and social innovators from across the world, for 5 days of workshops that hone leadership skills and effectiveness. At NOLA’16 Institute, students will learn from experienced change makers, work with proven frameworks for creating change, and build life-long relationships.

April 24: Application Deadline for Bi


BizCorps is a unique opportunity for high-performing MBA graduates to launch a career in, or related to, emerging markets. In addition to the professional benefits gained through program participation, each Associate receives a monthly stipend, health insurance, work visas and permits (as needed), and one round-trip plane ticket to and from their assigned country. It is currently recruiting its next cohort of top MBA graduates. Applicants selected to join the program are matched with high-potential, growth-oriented businesses in either Colombia or Kenya for placements lasting up to one year. BizCorps Associates work directly with the senior leadership of these companies, providing critical strategic and operational support as they pursue ambitious growth targets.

April 30: Application Deadline for Socia l Impact Summer 

This 8-week program challenges students to develop the skills to build and lead mission-centered social impact institutions. Each cohort is comprised of 10 students and 1 Program Leader, with each participant placed in a 30hr/week professional internship with a social impact institution working in their field (education, agriculture, public health, etc).

June 20-26: Maine Startup & Create Week , Portland, ME

With 75 events over 7 days, get inspired to think big, be bold and take risks. Challenge yourself to grow your business and take it to the next level while meeting diverse participants including innovators, investors and supporters. Attend keynote sessions and panels and participate in workshops to develop the skills and the know-how to start or scale your business or advance your career.