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Social Innovation Challenge: A Competition for CUBE 4.0 Program Participants

Who are we looking for?

Students* (graduate & undergraduate) who understand a social or environmental problem well and are committed to applying the mindset, processes, tools and techniques of business entrepreneurship as a force for good in addressing the problem.

UNC undergraduates, including first-year students through current seniors, are invited to apply. Note: Current seniors welcome to use the full-time summer 2018 co-working phase of the CUBE program to develop a venture or project they hope to work on full-time post graduation.

UNC graduate students also invited to apply. We accept graduate students from all fields and do our best to accommodate varying schedules and program requirements. Past participants have joined us from UNC’s business, medical, pharmacy, education professional programs, along with scientists from diverse scientific disciplines.

All CUBE 4.0 program participants will bring an eyes-wide open orientation to learning new skillsets. The ideal applicant both understands a problem well and is eager to learn new tools and techniques to drive and scale impact.

*Interested faculty and staff should speak with Program Manager Laura Fieselman directly before submitting an application:

What will the program entail?

Nine months of support across three phases for up to 15 Tar Heels to generate impactful social ventures. Program Timeline:

• Fall Session: Defining the Problem – A workshop during Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov 12-16, 2017

• Spring Course: Design for Impact: Social Enterprise Lab – Course taught by Prof. Melissa Carrier, founder of the Center for Social Value Creation at the University of Maryland, and Program Manager Laura Fieselman – PLCY490.001, Spring 2018, Tu/Th 11:00-12:15 with independent study option for graduate students

• Summer Incubation: Testing, Piloting, Iterating – Full time co-working with CUBE 4.0 cohort teams on campus and in the field with summer series of activities, events, speakers and trainings on social venturing – May 14 – August 3, 2018 — academic credit option available

Summer living stipend – $3000/student

Access to seed funding and travel stipends through Innovate Carolina and the Campus Y

Network of coaches and mentors for support in developing and refining your understanding of the problem and the development of your social venture

Year-round 24/7 access to the CUBE co-working space in the Campus Y

Priority consideration for future Launch Chapel Hill cohorts for ventures poised for acceleration

Community of like-minded Tar Heels focused on innovation and impact

What will participants learn?

Our program content is wide-ranging, fast paced, and adjusted in realtime to meet the needs of our participants. You should expect the following: human-centered design, problem discovery, theories and processes of change, stakeholder discovery and analysis, competitive landscaping, lean prototyping, business model canvas design, partnership building, scaling and growth, and more. Opportunities for legal support, marketing, branding, communications, pitch and presentation practice and more also included.

Competition Timeline

Early September
Social Innovation Challenge: A Competition for CUBE 4.0 Program Participants Opens

October 5
Applications due; Social Innovation Challenge: A Competition for CUBE 4.0 Program Participants closes

October 9-13
Application review; Semi-Finalists invited for additional conversation

Late October
Finalists notified

Late October-November
Class registration open; Finalists register for PLCY490 or prepare for independent study

November 11
Carolina Challenge; CUBE 4.0 participants attend as a (re)orientation to innovation and entrepreneurship at UNC

November 12-16
Global Entrepreneurship Week and CUBE 4.0 Fall Session: Defining the Problem

Success stories

CUBE participants launch a diversity of ventures. Our most successful social enterprises deliver solutions that address social or environmental problem well.

Seal the Seasons, founded by Patrick Mateer, BA 2015
MedServe, founded by Anne Steptoe, MD/MBA 2017, and Patrick O’Shea, MD/MBA 2017
Meantime Coffee Co., founded by Keegan McBride, BA 2017, Scott Diekema and Lauren Eaves, current undergraduate students
we are (Working to Extend Anti Racist Education), founded by Ronda Taylor Bullock, current PhD Candidate
So Good Pupusas, founded by Cecilia Polanco, BA 2016

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