Events and opportunities

Aug 6: IKEA Bootcamp Application Deadline , Almhult, Sweden

Applications are now open for IKEA’s bootcamp from September to December in Sweden for “Big Problem” solving startups. These startups will have access to IKEA’s prototype shop, test labs, innovation development, housing, mentorship, and 20,000 euro grant. They will also co-create and collaborate with IKEA in order to help solve the world's most pressing dilemmas. Whether your startup works within fields such as disruptive technologies, disruptive design, food innovation, manufacturing, sustainability, customer experience & retail, systems & analytics, or supply chain & logistics, you are eligible to apply now.

Aug 7: Hampton Creek Fellowship, San Francisco, CA

Hampton Creek is sponsoring a one-week immersive fellowship in San Francisco for 5 Babson College students. Fellows will learn about Hampton Creek’s business and operations, and use their skills to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. This opportunity is open to both Graduate and Undergraduate students. To apply, click here.

Aug 13: Urban SOS: hOUR City Extended Application Deadline

The Urban SOS: hOUR City is a challenge for proposals to help improve people's access to quality jobs, transit, or housing. Your proposal could address immigrant or elderly communities in car-dependent areas; underemployed residents in low-income neighborhoods; workers commuting long-distances to their jobs, etc. Four of the 16 semifinalist teams will be selected to fly out to Los Angeles for the possibility of winning up to $25,000. The application deadline has been extended to Aug 13. To learn more or submit your proposal, click here.

Aug 30: D-Prize Application Deadline 

Distribution Equals Development is sponsoring this award for a business or NGO plan that solves one of the “Distribution Challenges”. These challenges focus on topics such as girl’s education, agriculture, energy, global health, education, governance, and infrastructure, etc. If you are an entrepreneur looking to launch a new initiative based on these focus points, or an entrepreneur in need of high-risk capital, you are eligible to apply and possibly win a prize up to $20,000. Apply here by August 20th at Midnight PT or by July 30th Midnight PT for early decision.

Sep 19-21: Verge Summit, Santa Clara, CA

GreenBiz’s Verge Summit is a combination of presentations, workshops, breakouts, and networking events that explore challenges at the intersection of technology and sustainability. Whether it’s one of the World’s largest companies like Google, progressive government agencies like the California Public Utilities Commission, or successful startups like Cityzenith, attendees will be able to join the sustainability conversation with some of the world’s most influential bodies.

Sep 19-June 13: Mill Cities Leadership Institute, Lawrence, MA

Mill Cities Leadership institute has a yearlong program that encourages students to practice soft skills of emotional intelligent leadership, deepen one's insight into social responsibility, and generate new initiatives and solutions. Through experiential learning, the Mill Cities Leadership Institute fosters leaders who have vision, civic awareness, and professional confidence. To apply or learn more click here

Oct 18:  Johnson & Johnson GenH Challenge Application Deadline

The GenH Challenge, a social innovation prize competition presented by Johnson & Johnson, uniquely incentivizes global entrepreneurs, innovators, and people on the front lines of health to join forces and tackle some of the world’s toughest health challenges. The GenH Challenge provides up to $250,000 in funding, plus other incentives, to support and champion the pioneers of ingenuity who will help the world achieve its healthiest generation – "GenH." Entrepreneurs can submit their ideas by the deadline of October 18th.

Oct 26 – 28: Net Impact Conference, Atlanta, GA 

The Net Impact Conference helps guide both professionals and students to careers with impact.  Attendees gain tangible skills, discover a leadership experience, network, and access skill based career driven content to accelerate their path to purpose. To learn more or register, click here.

Nov 2-3: Social Entrepreneurship Conference, Northeastern University 

The Annual Social Entrepreneurship Conference is a two-day conference that brings together scholars, researchers, students and practitioners from around the world to discuss and explore topics in social entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social innovation, sustainability and impact. The conference, the largest academic gathering of its kind in terms of research paper submissions, is dedicated to the ongoing development of theory and research on social entrepreneurship and its impact on global communities. Register by Oct 1. To learn more about the conference or submission requirements, click here.

Feb 6-8: GreenBiz18, Phoenix, AZ

GreenBiz18 is an annual forum that attracts the world’s largest companies in discussing sustainability’s most pressing issues and opportunities. The guiding force of this forum is the State of Green Business report which is an award winning research and analysis of sustainability trends and metrics. Learn more here.

Volunteer Opportunity to Help Women Inmates with their Business Plans 

Venturing out is seeking Babson student volunteers to perform research for female inmate students who are currently developing their business plan ideas. Research will help students learn how to assess competition, price their services, keep overhead low, negotiate effectively, and hire the right people. Venturing Out is an organization that empowers inmates to use entrepreneurial skills to create complete business plans that will help them launch small, practical businesses once they have finished serving their prison sentence. This entrepreneurial education program helps to reduce the tendency of a convicted criminal to reoffend. For more information contact Judy Armell via email: