2017 PCSE Seed Grant Finalists Announced (public pitches and interviews 2/24 11AM-1PM)

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 PCSE Seed Grants.

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 innovate tourism in Thailandbuild an online employment platform in Africa, reduce bottled-water consumption on college campuses, bridge the digital divide in the Philippines, connect collegiate environmentalists, reimagine women’s reproductive healthcare, normalize consent, and more. All have reported on their progress here.

The 2017 PCSE Seed Grant finalists are:


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Appalachian Scholar Project (Dennis White ’19)

Appalachian Scholar Project believes our futures lies in education. We intend to transform rural American communities by improving access to our nation’s best universities.




Dream ChasersDream Chasers (AJ Wilson ’18, Rhea Drozdenko ’18, Julian Paine, and Celena Cotton)

Dream Chasers is a three year old registered non-profit organization that is dedicated to closing the academic and opportunity gaps in the South and Midwest through peer mentorship, events and workshops, and community engagement.




Move and Connect (Shingo Umehara ‘18, Kotaro Aoki ’16, Eiko Otake)

Move and Connect is a platform in Tokyo, Japan, where people across different occupations and over different generations learn through liberal arts education, especially artistic expression, body movement, and critical engagement with history and culture. We believe that liberal arts education combined with creative art workshop can create active agents and unite people with different backgrounds.




Paper Airplanes (Cheryl Hagan ’17, Bailey Ulbricht, and Muriel Carpenter)Paper Airplanes

We believe in the unique ability of students and youth to transform the societies in which they live. Our mission is to use online education to empower students who have been victims of political violence and to foster relationships between Syrian and American students.




Rural AccessRural Access (Nebiyu Daniel ’18, Emanual Fetene ’20, Momi Afelin ’19, Bethlehem Bekele ’19, Edelina Marzouk ’19, and Hector Leon)

Rural Access is a nonprofit that seeks to expand health access and health education across the most impoverished parts of the world. In every community we enter, we look to start a self-sustaining movement that capitalizes on youth empowerment.


Finalists will pitch for a panel of judges on Friday, February 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in Wesleyan’s Boger Hall, Room 112. Pitches are open to the public and will be broadcast live on the ENGAGE Facebook page.

Thanks go out to our judges, the Xtensio team, Propel Capital, and all the other partners and supporters who make this program possible.