Friday, November 1, 2019

Attend an Acara Challenge info session on Wednesday, Nov. 6 or Wednesday, Nov. 13

Learn more about the Acara Challenge, an annual spring semester impact venture competition to reward University of Minnesota students for creating solutions to social and environmental challenges at an upcoming information session on Wednesday, Nov. 6 or Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Do you have an idea to change the world? You could win $5,000!

The Acara Challenge is an annual competition to fund students who are developing ideas for financially sustainable social ventures that address social and environmental challenges.

Acara Challenge Information Sessions

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019
Noon-1 p.m.
Learning and Environmental Sciences, Room 370 

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 30

Students receive intensive training and mentoring to learn how to best pitch their ideas at the competition, then compete for up to $500 in competition prizes and up to $5,000 in fellowship funding. Applications are accepted from students in all majors and all stages of project development.

Students interested in entering the challenge also are encouraged to register for the 1.5-credit January course Social Innovation Design, which will provide valuable background in the art of turning ideas into reality.

Acara Challenge winners can receive up to $5,000 to pay for expenses related to developing their solutions, as well as a $500 cash prize. All winners receive intensive coaching and training to support them to be successful.

For more information and details about challenge eligibility, preparation, and application, visit the Acara Challenge website.

The application deadline is 10 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, and the online form will be available on the website.