Acara is an interdisciplinary social-environmental entrepreneurship program. Through courses and business incubation, Acara gives emerging entrepreneurs a chance to envision and launch ventures. Since 2009, more than 500 students from 20 universities have participated in Acara's programs, including:
- Acara Challenge — mentors multinational student teams as they develop social businesses through a course and competition
- Acara Summer Institute — brings top teams together in a three-week venture design program to refine and secure funding for their businesses
- Acara Fellowships — fund exceptional students to continue work on their business plans and support other Acara programs
- Acara Social Venture Design Workshops — facilitate entrepreneurs in short courses to turn ideas into viable venture solutions
- Acara Impact Venture Reviews – provide social entrepreneurs a platform to pitch their ventures and receive feedback from business professionals.
Acara's focus areas include global social-environmental challenges in the U.S., India and East Africa. Teams have worked on venture solutions such as clean water, renewable energy, food security, agricultural productivity, solid waste management and public health.