Cambridge, MA – On July 1, 2014, Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative’s (SIC) Summit Committee launched its new international program, Village to Raise a Child, to invite five young entrepreneurs from around the world to come to this fall’s annual Igniting Innovation Summit at Harvard and showcase their projects. The participants will gain tools and mentorship to grow their community-based projects and ideas. Applications are due August 15.
This program was the brainchild of the Co-Directors of the Summit, Claudine Cho and Jane Chung; Director of Operations, Michi Ferreol; and Director of Innovation, Renan Carneiro. These undergraduates envisioned an international presence at the Summit, which is in its fifth year.
These five youth will be high schoolers, or the equivalent. Any student from any country is welcome to apply. The five selected participants will each be from a different global region. The selection process includes an application, a voting period on applicant videos, and finalist interviews. A SIC faculty adviser will weigh in on the judging of applications and interviews. Because SIC cannot guarantee the travel fees to Harvard, accepted participants will be encouraged to use a crowd-sourcing platform to fund at least part of their trip. SIC seeks sponsorships to make the program financially accessible. The Coca-Cola Company, Adobe, and MasterCard are confirmed sponsors.
About Igniting Innovation Summit
The Igniting Innovation Summit on Social Entrepreneurship is the largest completely undergraduate-run conference on social innovation in the US. The conference draws students, academics, and leaders who are passionate about innovative solutions for pressing problems. Over the past four years, the Summit has grown to a nationally recognized forum for social change.
Mission Statement: The Harvard College Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) brings together members of the Harvard community who would like to pursue innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems. SIC aims to train and empower new and established entrepreneurs by creating mentorship networks and opportunities for undergraduates.
We celebrate collaboration and hope to foster meaningful connections between community members and socially responsible causes.
For more information, please contact:
Haeeun Blessing Jee, Director of Marketing and Communications