January 28, 2014

Opportunities & Events: February and Beyond

We're officially one month into 2014--how are your resolutions coming along? If you have big dreams of taking your leadership abilities and organizational impact to new heights this year, bookmark this list of upcoming opportunities and events for young social entrepreneurs. Tip: sign up soon to lock in early-bird rates for many of the conferences happening later this year.


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

LDI Africa seeks 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

StartingBloc Fellowship
Deadline: February 18, 2014

The StartingBloc Fellowship is a life-long membership with StartingBloc’s global community of 1,900 emerging leaders. Fellows are young leaders (ages 18-30) from all sectors who share a common set of values. They believe that economic value creation and social value creation are complementary. They believe in making money and doing good. During the Institute for Social Innovation, StartingBloc candidates work with speakers, academic institutions, and corporate partners who are on the cutting edge of innovations in their respective sector. There is a $35 application fee involved, as well as a $1,000 tuition fee which may be waived on the basis of merit and need. Learn more.

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 for 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.

Social Impact Immersion Experience
Social Entrepreneur Corps
Deadline: Rolling

Social Entrepreneur Corps is a social enterprise that leads innovative and dynamic international internship programs in Guatemala, Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to support the creation, development, growth and impact of social innovations focused on intelligently and sustainably alleviating poverty. Click here to apply



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, change-makers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. Unite for Sight was founded by YouthActionNet alumna Jennifer Staple-Clark.

Aid and International Development Forum Water Security Summit
April 23-24, 2014
Bangkok, Thailand
AIDF brings together leading experts in water security, including policy makers, researchers, development agencies, NGOs and the private sector, to share ideas on how to develop more effective policies to improve sustainable water management, economic opportunities, and water related disaster relief in the Asia Pacific region. Learn more.

Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2014
May 13-15, 2014
Boston, MA, USA
HumTech 2014 is an exciting, relevant, and technically-focused international conference that will explore emerging technologies that further enable global humanitarian assistance. Specific focuses include disaster response, health and disease management, international development, and poverty alleviation.

Global Development Network Annual Conference
June 18-20, 2014
Accra, Ghana

GDN’s flagship event is its three-day Annual Global Development Conference held in different countries, each year, across the globe. These conferences aim to connect developing countries' researchers and students with the world’s most influential researchers, corporate leaders, and political figures on a common platform where they can interact with each other, share research, and discuss the most pressing challenges in social and economic development. The defining features of the GDN conference are the empowerment of researchers in developing countries, the strengthening of research skills, and the mobilization of research for public policy. Learn more.

Poverty Alleviation Un-Conference
October 12-17, 2014
Ixtapa, Mexico

This four-day problem-solving, strategic retreat is for nonprofit leaders, for-profit social entrepreneurs, grant-makers, and impact investors engaged in economic justice enterprises. On World Poverty Day, break down the silos of unproductive competition and go beyond the boundaries of conventional poverty alleviation. The gathering leverages resources, shares innovations, enlists allies, builds coalitions, and creates force multipliers. Learn more.

PopTech 2014
October 24-25, 2014
Camden, NJ, USA

The PopTech conference is a celebration for the intellectually engaged. Participants will meet an eclectic network of industry leaders and one-of-a-kind innovators bound together by an intense curiosity about the forces shaping our future. The content of the conference is as diverse as the network itself – presentations range from the nature of disruptive innovation to the economics of human happiness; from the future of deep space exploration to new approaches to environmental stewardship. In the words of one participant, PopTech provides powerful “optics on the future.” Register now for PopTech 2014.
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