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Patricelli Fellowship Info Sessions

Patricelli Center Fellowship ad 2Current Civic Engagement Fellow, Rebecca Jacobsen ’16 writes in:

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is unveiling a new, 1-credit fellowship program.

This project-based fellowship is designed to incubate a small cohort of innovative students from across majors. Fellows do not need to come in with a project in mind; those will develop over the course of the year. To read more, visit bit.ly/patricelli

Students who are interested may submit a statement of interest (in any medium) to Makaela Kingsley at mjkingsley[at]wesleyan[dot]edu by September 9th (first Friday of classes). There is no competitive selection process; the fellows will be a self-selected group of students who are deeply committed.

There will be three info sessions during the first week of classes: Tuesday (9/6), Wednesday (9/7), and Thursday (9/8) from 12:30-1:15 pm in the PCSE Board Room (Allbritton 022). All are welcome to attend and learn more.

Date: Tuesday, September 6; Wednesday, September 7; Thursday, September 8
Time: 12:30-1:15PM
Place: Allbritton 022

Interview with Jacob Eichengreen ’13 and Final VFA Deadline

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If you’ve missed your favorite late-night Espwesso barista, you’ll be happy to hear that he’s now making waves as a Venture for America Fellow in downtown Las Vegas. Since the final VFA deadline (Monday, March 24th) is approaching rapidly, Jacob Eichengreen ’13 agreed to an interview about his post-graduation experiences, and the takeaway is honest and encouraging: “Life after graduation is uncomfortable,” but there’s great personal and professional growth to be found in taking risks and embracing discomfort.

For more information on risk-taking and growth with VFA, contact Jacob at jacob.eichengreen[at]gmail[dot]com or the campus ambassador at scapron[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

What sparked your interest in VFA and what led you to choose the fellowship over other options you had during your senior year?

I chose VFA early on. I did the second Selection Day and it was one of those things where the more I went through the process, the more I started focusing on VFA and the less I was focusing on everything else. Lauren Gill actually gave me a cold call at some point senior year and I was a huge jerk and hung up on her. She then emailed me and said that Josh Levine ’12 had put my name down as someone who would find the program interesting. We ended up having a good conversation and I said okay, I really respect Josh, let’s just see what happens. 

The Risks and Rewards of K-12 Educational Entrepreneurism

Jack-LeonardFrom Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:

Presented by: Dr. Jack Leonard, Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership in Education, University of Massachusetts Boston

America has a long tradition of entrepreneurism, which is admired around the world. The entrepreneurial leadership style is central to our American democratic image as the land of opportunity. And in K-12 schooling, hardly a day goes by without an appeal for entrepreneurial leaders who can “think outside the box.” However, there is also widespread skepticism about entrepreneurism in education, which often implies larger-than-life leaders who are willing to take questionable risks in a fiercely competitive market – hardly the ideal environment for children.

Go to Ashoka Youth Venture’s “Be a Changemaker” Bootcamp for Free

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From the incredible Makaela Kingsley in the PCSE:

Our friends at Ashoka Youth Venture are offering free tickets for Wesleyan students who would like to attend their “Be A Changemaker Bootcamp” on Saturday, February 8, 10am-4pm at Boston University. Interested? Read the details below then email Makaela in the Patricelli Center at mjkingsley(at)wesleyan(dot)edu to reserve your ticket today!

Do you see a social problem in your community and wish to take action to address it?  Join us on Saturday February 8 for a changemaking experience you won’t forget! The Youth Venture Be A Changemaker Bootcamp will bring youth from across the Boston area together to participate in a day-long bootcamp focused on social venture creation and the development of changemaker skills that can be applied toward civic contributions and a career that impacts the lives of others in meaningful ways. 

Student Forum Interest Meeting Tonight: Entrepreneurship Studies 101

** Full disclosure: The writer of this post is one of the leaders for this forum, who just also happens to write for Wesleying. He promises you an extremely biased post.**

Forum_FlyerInterested in entrepreneurship? Curious as to what entrepreneurship is, who entrepreneurs are, or how they go about being said entrepreneur?

Come to the interest meeting for the Spring ’14 student forum, Out of Practice, Into Theory: Entrepreneurship Studies 101, co-led by Alex Cantrell ’14 and Katya Sapozhnina ’16. For more information, check out the syllabus here, and apply here.

Date: Wednesday, January 29th
Time: 7 PM
Place: Allbritton 103
Cost: Freemium

[Liveblog]: Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian in Beckham

If you haven’t heard already, the “mayor of the Internet,” a.k.a reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is at Wesleyan today.

His itinerary:

11:15 a.m.    Arrive at Wesleyan and join Professor Greg Goldberg’s “Media and Society” class already in progress

12 p.m.          “Without Their Permission” talk and booksigning with Peter Frank ’12 of Texts.com (details here)

2 p.m.             Meeting with student programmer group and student entrepreneurs Exley 139

3 p.m.             Depart Wesleyan

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There are a bunch of questions for Ohanian on the Wesleyen subreddit, some selected ones here:

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From the Argus: Some people would say the internet is the most powerful means of doing good the world has ever seen, and that it can bring people together to solve seemingly intractable problems. It does, however, have its downside–one notable example would be the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt, during which a group of Redditors identified the wrong suspect, causing widespread panic and hindering the investigation. What are the limitations and risks of harnessing the power of the internet for problem-solving, and how can they be best addressed?

From the classic ‘wes anon’:

Can you talk about anonymity on the internet? Specifically, how does one foster a community that is anonymous and not have it overrun by things like bullying or racist language (this is one of the things I hate most about reddit, to be honest, even though I love certain parts of the site). Is there a solution?

If you didn’t get a ticket to the event, you can check out our liveblog below:

Alumni Startup Showcase

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From Jelisa Adair ’13 and the PCSE:

Hear from nine extraordinary Wes grads who founded or run their own ventures. This inaugural Startup Showcase will include stories about startup life, an unprecedented opportunity to mingle with inspiring young entrepreneurs, and hearty snacks and coffee to fuel your Reading Period work. Registration is strongly suggested!

Sponsored by the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the Wesleyan Career Center, and the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Society.

Date: Sunday, December 8th
Time: 4pm-6pm
Place: Olson Commons
Link: Hurrrr
Cost: Freezles

Read after the jump to see what awesome alumni will be at this event.

$25k For Your Startup

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The Patricelli Center, Dana Pellegrino ’12, and Josh Levine ’12 have a crazy-cool proposition for you ingenious innovators:

Have an idea that’s been keeping you up at night? Ready to transform it into a reality? This summer, Downtown Project will make investments of $25k into six very early stage startups, and one of them could be yours! For three months we will bring together founders, a mentorship network, and a host of learning opportunities in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas to see what’s possible when big ideas are given the time, resources, and opportunity to percolate.

Interested? Read the background below, then email joshl(at)downtownproject(dot)com to request more info. Applications due May 14th.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Contact: joshl(at)downtownproject(dot)com
Link: Via Engaged University

reSET Social Enterprise Design Lab Info Session

From Dana Pellegrino ’12:

reSET is launching a Social Enterprise Design Lab, and they are
looking for Wesleyan students to participate. Students with a business
idea or a curiosity about entrepreneurship overall are encouraged to
consider this. Participants will get training, networking, and other
resources, including possible grant money.

Ojala Naeem, Program Assistant at reSET, will be on campus this
Thursday, April 25, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Patricelli Center for
Social Entrepreneurship (Allbritton 021/022). Please drop by during
those hours, or contact PCSE Director Makaela Kingsley if you are
unavailable at that time.

When: TODAY! Noon – 2pm
Where: Allbritton 021/022
Cost: Free?

More information about The Social Enterprise Design Lab after the jump:

Interview: Peter Frank ’12, Former Owner of CollegeACB, Launches New Textbook Venture

“If a campus as tight-knit and progressive as Wesleyan can’t come together to defeat yesterday’s monopolist and incumbent powers, then maybe it just can’t be done.”

Peter Frank ’12, the famed Internet entrepreneur who ran the CollegeACB empire from his Fauver dorm room and made his way into the pages of TIME Magazine before selling the site in 2011 for an undisclosed six-figure sum, is back in the game with a new start-up. Not quite as juicy as the ACB (but probably far more useful), Frank’s latest venture is Texts.com, a “lean, green, student-first platform” for students to buy and sell textbooks to and from each other online. The start-up made its Wesleyan debut on Foss Hill around 4:20 p.m. yesterday; you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s a service that provides free pizza to stoned Wesleyan students at all hours of the day (that’s my new start-up idea, don’t tell anyone):

With help from Lisa Sy ’13 and Benjamin Halpern (a student at Mount Allison University in Canada), Frank aims to build a “commission-free, zero-fee, student-to-student textbook exchange” that eliminates the middleman.