November 12, 2013

Opportunities & Events: November and Beyond

As 2013 comes to a close, think about all that you have learned this year. Put that newfound knowledge to work for you by applying to one of the below opportunities. It's also a great time to start planning for events taking place next year--early bird registration rates won't last long! Here's to dreaming big in 2014, and getting a head start now!  


The Hult Prize
HULT International Business School & Clinton Global Initiative
Deadline: November 15, 2013

How could you change the world with US$1 million? This year, more than 10,000 applicants will apply to the Hult Prize, and only 300 start-ups from around the world will move on to pitch their ideas at one of six global locations, including: Boston, San Francisco, London, Dubai, Shanghai and São Paulo. While there is only one winner, each regional champion will spend the summer inside of the Hult Prize Accelerator—an innovative incubator for social enterprise and will receive a one-year CGI membership. Register now for the 2014 prize. 

Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program
LDI Africa
Deadline: January 31, 2014

LDI Africa is seeking young business and development leaders for its Emerging Institutions Fellowship Program (EIFP) across Africa. The EIFP provides pro-bono consulting opportunities in Africa's leading investment companies and social enterprises. Fellows participate in 6 to 12-month fellowships working to position African emerging businesses towards the path of long-term sustainability and scale. To learn more and apply, click here.

The Washington Fellowship
President’s Young African Leaders Initiative
Application opens in December

The Washington Fellowship is the new flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  This program will bring over 500 young leaders to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training and mentoring, and will create unique opportunities in Africa for these leaders to apply their new skills in propelling economic growth and prosperity, and strengthening democratic institutions. Stay tuned. Applications will be available in December. 

Venture Labs Investment Competition
University of Texas McCombs Business School
Deadline: February 21, 2014

The Venture Labs Investment Competition (VLIC) and its affiliated competitions are designed to mimic the real-world process of raising venture capital. The competition allows graduate students to gain real experience while developing and growing new ventures based on their own ideas and technologies or those developed by others. Teams from around the world compete prizes including a cash prize of $78,000, an invitation to close the NASDAQ OMX Stock Market, the Austin Technology Incubator Launch Package valued at $25,000, and consulting time with leaders in the field. Learn more about the rules and register now!

International Holcim Next Generation Award
Holcim Foundation
Deadline: March 24, 2014

The 4th International Holcim Awards competition celebrates projects and visions that contribute to a more sustainably-built environment and features total prize money of US$2 million. The competition is open for projects in architecture, building and civil engineering, landscape and urban design, materials, products, and construction technologies that contribute to the five target issues for sustainable construction. The Next Generation award will be issued to a young person, aged 18-30, who has visionary projects and bold ideas.


INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme
November 17 - 22 & December 1 - 6, 2013
Fontainebleau, France & Singapore

The flagship six-day INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme combines the deep academic knowledge of INSEAD’s faculty with practical application. Renowned speakers, live case studies, and analysis of the most current issues and trends in the field create a platform to examine the complex issues and challenges facing social entrepreneurs. Learn more

Lean for Social Good Summit
December 5, 2013 & January 23, 2014
New York, NY & San Francisco, CA, USA
The Lean for Social Good Summits bring together people and organizations using “Lean” principles in their organizations, as well as the best minds from the social good ecosystem: entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, non-profits, social enterprises, foundations, philanthropists, and investors. Summits will be held in New York City on December 5, 2013 and San Francisco on January 23, 2014.

Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 12–13, 2014
New Haven, CT, USA

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Register by November 13 for the lowest rates. Unite for Sight was founded by YouthActionNet alumna Jennifer Staple-Clark. 

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