Events

To find speaking events, workshops, and other opportunities to connect with the CUBE, look no further. We have a comprehensive list of this semester’s events below.

Social Innovation Highlight: Cecilia Polanco on “Why I Engage”
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 | 2:00-3:15pm
Genome Sciences 1373

How is it that some people become social innovators, entrepreneurs, and agents of transformation? What are their moments of obligation? What are their hesitations? What role can social entrepreneurs play in solving the market failures that underpin some of the world’s more complex problems? Hear from Cecilia Polanco, Founder of So Good Pupusas Food Truck and Tar Heel alumna, on these questions and more. This is an interactive and open-session of Prof. Carrier’s FYS on Social Innovation, guests are welcome!

Roundtable Discussion: Taking Your Global Experience to the Next Level
Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 4:00-5:00pm
CUBE @ the Campus Y | 3rd Floor

You’ve had a meaningful, perhaps life changing, experience aboard and now you’re back. What should you do next? Maybe you have a project idea you’d like to implement, you’re eager to connect with global service opportunities locally, or you want to know more about becoming a social innovator. Join Sarah Smith, Director of the Global Gap Year Fellowship, and Laura Fieselman, Director of the CUBE Social Innovation Incubator, for an informal round-table discussion on next steps.

Social Innovation Field Trip: Community Empowerment Fund
Friday, September 29, 2017 | 3:00-4:30pm
Meet at 208 N. Columbia Street, Suite 100

Join us at Chapel Hill’s Community Empowerment Fund (CEF) for an interactive visit and tour with this thriving organization. CEF is a social enterprise that offers savings opportunities, financial education, and assertive support to individuals who are seeking employment, housing, and financial freedom. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/field-trip-to-community-empowerment-fund-tickets-37390230185

Social Innovation Highlight: Savitha Sridharan of Orora Global
Thursday, October 5, 2017 | 2:00-3:15pm
Genome Sciences 1373

Sridharan is Founder of Orora Global, a for-profit social enterprise that provides rural and urban communities globally with access to reliable, renewable energy. Hear Sridharan speak about her change journey and how she is using renewable energy to create opportunities for women and build sustainable communities. This is an interactive and open-session of Prof. Carrier’s FYS on Social Innovation, guests are welcome!

Business Ethics and Social Enterprise
Friday, October 13, 2017 | 1:00-3:00pm
Launch Chapel Hill | 321 West Rosemary Street

This discussion with Natasha Goldstein will address the spectrum of social enterprise and how to create a financially viable social venture. Goldstein, the Founder of LIFT Investments in Kenya, is the current Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Launch Chapel Hill and director of NC IDEA’s Soar Triangle, an accelerator that helps women entrepreneurs successfully raise start-up capital. This is an interactive and open-session of the Launch Chapel Hill Friday series, guests are welcome! Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-ethics-and-social-enterprise-tickets-37534414444

Social Innovation Highlight: Ronda Taylor Bullock of WE ARE
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 2:00-3:15pm
1789 Venture Lab | 173 ½ East Franklin Street

Bullock is Founder of WE ARE (Working to Extend Anti-Racist Education), a social enterprise exploring race and racism with young people and in the classroom. Hear Bullock speak about her moment of obligation and her change journey to equip students, parents, and educators with the knowledge and skills necessary to dismantle systemic racism. This is an interactive and open-session of Prof. Carrier’s FYS on Social Innovation, guests are welcome!

Carolina Challenge Pitch Party
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | evening
Kenan Stadium | The Blue Zone

Hear social and commercial ventures pitch their ideas at UNC’s annual business venture competition. Established in 2005, the Carolina Challenge is one of the hallmarks of the UNC entrepreneurship ecosystem and gives students the chance to win seed funding for their early-stage ideas. Approximately $50K in total prize money is distributed amongst the most promising ventures. The competition welcomes a diverse population of aspiring entrepreneurs from the University community.

Workshop: Integrating Business Practices into Non-Profit Enterprises
Timing TBD – follow us for more info
Campus Y | Anne Queen Lounge

This workshop, led by Natasha Goldstein, explores earned income streams, efficient operations, and other essential business practices relevant to running a strong nonprofit. Goldstein, the Founder of LIFT Investments in Kenya, is the current Social Entrepreneur in Residence with Launch Chapel Hill and director of NC IDEA’s Soar Triangle, an accelerator that helps women entrepreneurs successful raise start-up capital. This is an interactive and open-session of the Campus Y’s Bonner Leadership Series, guests are welcome!

Workshop: Crowd Funding
Timing TBD – follow us for more info
1789 Venture Lab | 173 ½ East Franklin Street

Learn the in’s and out’s of crowd funding. Come for an introduction to the platforms used by for-profits and non-profits, and to consider the pieces of a successful crowd funding campaign. Brought to you by CUBE, 1789 Venture Lab, and Carolina Think.

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