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US, Canada; Subsaharan Africa; India; Global

Acara, University of Minnesota 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.

Accelerator / Incubator

OVERVIEW

Description

There are many societal and environmental challenges in the world today. We believe that successful solutions to these difficult and hard-to-define problems are unlikely to emerge from a single person or organization. Acara is therefore dedicated to bringing together a collection of talents, minds and resources represented by diverse teams from academia and industry to collaboratively explore business concepts and create sustainable solutions.

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

For more Information

www.acara.umn.edu

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Culture, Handicrafts
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disabilities
  • Distribution / Supply Chain
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing, Shelter, Homelessness
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Tech
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Web, SaaS, Online Tech
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Global
  • India
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • US, Canada

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid
  • Other

TEAM Members

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BRIAN BELL

Brian is an impact venture strategist specialized in impact entrepreneurship, incubation, and investing in the US and emerging economies. As Assistant Dir...

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