Makaela Kingsley

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2015/2016 Year in Review

Part of the mission of Wesleyan is to provide “an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.” Those attributes come to life at the Patricelli Center, where students and alumni find real-world applications for their idealism, hone their skills as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, and join the legions of trailblazing changemakers…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #1 from TRAP House

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards annual seed grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. This year’s winners are Walking Elephants Home, Kindergarten Kickstart, and T.R.A.P. House. Each grantee reports back with blog posts and photos. Here is the first report from the TRAP House team: Bashaun Brown ’18, Irvine Peck’s-Agaya…

2016 Patricelli Center Seed Grant Winners Announced

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 PCSE Seed Grant Competition — Kindergarten Kickstart, TRAP House, and Walking Elephants Home. These Wesleyan-connected social ventures will each receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds as well as training, advising, mentoring, incubator workspace, and other resources through the Patricelli Center. One of the other six…

2016 PCSE Seed Grant Finalists Announced (public pitches 2/26 at noon)

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2016 PCSE Seed Grant Competition. These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Past grantees used this seed funding to build an online employment platform in Africa,…

Discovering the International Need for Human Centered Design and Social Entrepreneurs: Morocco (by Josh Su ’17)

Josh Su ’17, a PCSE Peer Advisor, studied abroad during fall semester and sent us this reflection: I had begun my study abroad program to find solutions (economic, social, and political) for the impacts of climate change. However, even after a month in Vietnam, I had only been troubled with more issues and the hidden dynamics…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #3 from Assk

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship awards annual seed grants to fund the launch or early stage growth of a Wesleyan-connected social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Each grantee reports back with blog posts and photos. Here’s the second report from Rachel Verner ’15, founder of Assk, a company that strives to normalize sexual consent through apparel and education, thereby preventing…

Free Tickets Available for Conference on “doing well by doing good” (5/31-6/2, Chicago)

Gain insight into doing well by doing good — become a staff volunteer at the Cause Marketing Forum conference on June 1-2 in Chicago! Wesleyan alumnus David Hessekiel ’82 is Founder and President of Cause Marketing Forum and co-author of Good Works! Marketing and Corporate Initiatives that Build a Better World … and the Bottom Line. Cause Marketing Forum is…

$10k Davis Projects for Peace and $5k PCSE Seed Grant (info sessions 12/15-12/17, applications due 1/24)

Are you a Wesleyan student? Do you care about social justice, human rights, environmental sustainability, education, healthcare, international development, poverty alleviation, or another local or global problem? If so, you should consider applying for a Davis Projects for Peace grant or a Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Seed Grant. What kinds of projects are eligible? The Davis grant…

I Changed My Mind About Entrepreneurship

As director of Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, I work to support students who want to tackle the world’s pressing problems with innovative, disruptive, system-changing, scalable, sustainable solutions. In other words: to support entrepreneurs. Well, I have a confession. For a long time, I believed that most mission-driven students should not, in fact, innovate…