Funding & Resources

The Disconnect between Innovation and International Aid

Mark Mullen and Hannah Doress ’88 attended SOCAP ’15 Social Entrepreneurship Conference with free tickets from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship thanks to the generosity of Tim Freundlich. Originally from Texas, Mark graduated from Wesleyan University with a BA in Intellectual History. After working in drought relief in East Africa, he joined the National Democratic Institute in…

$10k Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs

The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is hosted and organized by the Center for Women and Financial Independence, Smith College’s initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship. Last year, three Wesleyan students made it to the trade show round!  The competition is designed to give undergraduate entrepreneurs an experience that will…

Enrichment Grant Report: Derrick Holman ’16

Derrick Holman ’16 was selected to receive an Enrichment Grant from the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship. With this grant, he attended the Landmark Forum, a personal reflection and development training, over winter break. You can read Derrick’s reflection below, read past grantee reflections here, and visit the PCSE website to learn more about all of our grant programs. I was…

Get Funded! Apply for Summer Grants

There are three upcoming info sessions about opportunities for summer funding! Stop by for information about the Wesleyan Summer Experience Grant, Named Grants, and the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship Internship Grant.  The information sessions will take place:  1/26, 12pm, Usdan 110  1/27, 12pm, Usdan 108  2/2, 12pm, Usdan 110 2/4, 12pm, Usdan 110    Wesleyan…

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…

Apply for Cupid’s Cup Student Entrepreneurship Competition

Cupid’s Cup is a nationwide student entrepreneurship competition organized by the Plank Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship in partnership with Under Armour and Plank Industries executives. The first application deadline in January 5, 2-16. Regional competitions will narrow down the pool before the semi-finals ay Under Armour on February 19th. Six finalists will compete in the…

Apply for TigerLaunch

TigerLaunch is Princeton University’s collegiate entrepreneurship competition, put on annually by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club. The competition is split across three stages: an online video pitch round, a regional competition in March, and finally Demo Day in April. The first stage of the competition ends on December 1st! To enter, you need to submit a…

Money, Money, Money

There is money and support available from a wide variety of sources for aspiring social entrepreneurs and changemakers, but it’s not always easy to find these resources. Following is a round-up of grants, prizes, and fellowships that Patricelli Center team members Luciana Contreras ’16 and Jennifer Roach‘14 have been reading about recently. Some are available only to current undergraduates,…

PCSE Seed Grants in Action: Report #2 from Potlux

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 Brent Packer ’15, founder of Potlux, the first online community where collegiate sustainability initiatives are effectively aggregated and shared. Also…