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Acara is the impact entrepreneurship program of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management. Through Acara’s courses, workshops and field experiences, students develop impact ventures that address societal and environmental challenges.
Acara Global Venture Design is a unique, project-based, entrepreneurial, global, multidisciplinary, intensive four-credit course. In the class students learn to identify a problem and create a scalable solution to address environmental and societal challenges in India in cooperation with students and professional mentors from diverse backgrounds. The next course will be offered Fridays 9 am–noon in Fall 2015. Global Venture Design is open to grad students and upper level undergrads from all majors. Note the class was formerly under designator CE 5571, and has not been changed to GCC 5005 as part of the Grand Challenge Curriculum at UMN. While the designator has changed the course content remains the same.
The Acara sequence of courses, and subsequent Acara Challenge competition, offer a unique way to get involved in creating impact venture solutions for social and environmental change. Find out about the courses and the Challenge. Learn more
SISCA, a program of IonE and the Dow Chemical Company, recognizes and rewards students and universities for innovation and research that encourages and promotes sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. Learn more
In May 2015, Acara will spend three weeks learning about environmental challenges and entrepreneurial solutions with UMN students in Bangalore, India. Through field trips and interactions with entrepreneurs we will explore challenges topics including water, energy, waste, and food. Learn more