Tuesday, February 1, 2011

UT Austin & Dell Social Innovation Competition & Fellowship for College Students :: Due Feb 14

Found out this via Twitter today:

The University of Texas at Austin and Dell are looking for university students around the world with innovative ideas to solve a social or environmental problem. We’re giving away more than $100,000 in cash prizes to at least five winning teams who will be flown to Austin, Texas for an expense-paid Finalist Week-End that culminates in a final pitch and awards ceremony.

Have a good idea, but think it’s not good enough to win yet? We can help! We’ve created new programs this year to expand outreach and support to students at all stages of their idea generation. For example, we have created two new paid fellowship programs that will provide inspiration, mentoring and support to 30 high-potential students who do not advance to the next round. One of the fellowships even includes a stipend to spend a summer improving your idea and venture plan!

No matter how early you are in the idea process, enter your idea now!

Anyone can participate by voting - check out the entries and vote here.


  1. Nicole,

    Thank you so much for covering the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference last year. We really appreciate your help in spreading the world about our event as well as our mission.

    We would like to extend you an invitation to join us at this year’s 12th annual Social Enterprise Conference (http://socialenterpriseconference.org) presented by the students of The Harvard Business School and The Harvard Kennedy School on March 5-6, 2011.

    This year’s theme, “Sustaining Impact, Living Change” asks us to consider how we can live change given our own personal context. We have lined up 30 diverse expert panels covering topics from affordable housing to mobile banking to rural healthcare to data driven development.

    We also have four amazing keynote speakers at this year’s event, including:
    • William F. Foote: Founder and CEO of Root Capital
    • Paul Carttar: Director of President Obama’s Social Innovation Fund of the Corporation for National and Community Service; Co-Founder of The Bridgespan Group
    • Robert S. Harrison: CEO of the Clinton Global Initiative
    • Beatrice Biira: Outreach Coordinator for Millennium Promise; Protagonist of the book Beatrice’s Goat, which reached number eight on the New York Times’ Children’s Book List

    Hope to see you there!

  2. Thank you so much for the comment! I would LOVEEEEEE to attend, but won't make it this year. Hope to see you there next year!! Thanks for all of the fantastic work that you are doing! I hope that this year's conference is a huge success!!!! :)

  3. Hi Nicole,

    Thanks for spreading the news about the Dell Social Innovation Competition! I head up our DSIC student outreach component at UT Austin and I really appreciate help from bloggers like you. We'll try to keep interesting news about the competition coming your way - lots of new developments to be announced soon!


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