Makaela Kingsley

What I learned by teaching Fearless Experimentation

Last summer, I wrote about two of the patterns I’ve seen in my work teaching social entrepreneurship at a liberal arts college – (1) the research-to-practice gap and (2) students’ fear of failure. I proposed an approach that I named “Fearless Experimentation” to encourage students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings by forming and testing…

2018/2019 Advisory Board Members, Grant Judges, Pitch Coaches, Mentors, Presenters, and TAs: Thank You!

Thank you to the following alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends* who donated their time and expertise to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2018/2019. Your involvement has made our programs stronger, and we look forward to continued collaboration! Alex Pack ’14 Alok Appadurai ’00 Amanda Furlong Andy Weissman ‘88 P’21 Anne Lebleu ’00…

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2018/2019 Year in Review

In his inaugural address on September 21, 1831, Wesleyan’s first President Willbur Fisk said “Education should be directed with reference to two objects—the good of the individual, and the good of the world.” Today, the University’s mission is to provide “an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.”…

Wesleyan students take home social enterprise prizes in the CT Business Plan Competition

On April 26, 2019, seven Wesleyan students competed in the semi-annual CT Business Plan Competition hosted by The Entrepreneurship Foundation at Gateway College in New Haven. The event was sponsored by CTNext’s Higher Education Initiative and numerous other partners. In total, more than 250 students, faculty, investors, and entrepreneurs participated. Sixty-two students teams from 15…

2019 PCSE Seed Grant Winners Announced

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 PCSE Seed Grant. These student-led social impact projects and ventures will each receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds as well as training, advising, mentoring, incubator workspace, and other resources from the Patricelli Center.  Recipients were selected from a pool of finalists…

2019 PCSE Seed Grant Finalists Announced (public pitches 3/1 12-1PM)

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2019 PCSE Seed Grants. These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early stage growth of a social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Past grantees used this seed funding to help students chase their dreams, innovate tourism in Thailand, provide college access to students in…

Social Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Shawn Dove '84, John Johnson '82, and Marquis Lobban '85

The Patricelli Center Fellowship (CSPL264/CSPL265) is a year-long, project-based, cohort-style learning opportunity for students interested in entrepreneurship, innovation, and social change. Some Fellows design or launch their own venture, while others seek pathways to impact as intrapreneurs, activists, researchers, organizers, conveners, artists, and more. This Spring semester, CSPL265 will feature a roster of guest speakers…

Volunteer pitch coaches and mentors available at the Patricelli Center in January and February

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship supports students who are working on projects/ventures with social or environmental impact. To help students prepare to apply for Summer Grants (deadline February 28), pitch in the Seed Grant finals (March 1), pursue other funding sources, or simply get expert advice to advance their project/venture, the PCSE has lined up…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #2 from Cardinal Kids

Each year, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards three $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a project, program, or venture. Cardinal Kids, run by George Perez ’20, Katie Murray ’19, Jenny Chelmow ’19 and Mariel Middlebrook ’20, was one of this year’s winners. This is their second report since receiving…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #2 from EATT

Each year, the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards three $5,000 seed grants to fund the launch or early-stage growth of a project, program, or venture. Eat At The Table Theatre Company, run by Kai Williams ’20, was one of this year’s winners. This is Kai’s second report since receiving funding from the PCSE in March…