The Acara Innovation Fellowship provides up to $5,000 and intensive mentoring and training for 8–12 individual students and student teams annually. Students use fellowship funding to pilot their ideas for impact ventures and/or to intern with organizations where they can develop their knowledge and skills in order to have impact in the future.
The 2019 Acara Fellows are:
Gold Winner: MoyoMate
Amy Yi, BS Biology & BA Global Studies 2019; Tessa Day, BS Genetics, Cell Biology & Development 2019; Diane Kazlauski, BS Biochemistry 2020 (CBS) (Project initially designed in GCC 5003: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues and further developed in PA 5743: Social Innovation Design Lab)
MoyoMate aims to raise hypertension awareness in Kampala, Uganda, by providing blood pressure monitoring at commonly frequented locations using kiosks and telehealth referrals.
Silver Winner: Care Share
Emily Waller, BSB Entrepreneurial Management 2019; Jared Johnson, BS Architecture 2019; Sarah Zhao, BS Economics 2019; Emma Fiala, Community Partner (Project initially designed in GCC 5003: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues)
Care Share is an intergenerational child-care platform connecting families to elders by matching needs and abilities. Its unique payment plan allows for affordability and flexibility.
Bronze Winner, Crowd Favorite Award: Bright Side UMN
Clara Holder, BS Nutrition 2020; Carley Meyers, BS Health Services Management 2019 (Project initially designed in GCC 5003: Seeking Solutions to Global Health Issues and further developed in PA 5743: Social Innovation Design Lab)
BrightSide UMN is an economically viable solution to food insecurity in the Twin Cities. We do produce distribution better than food shelves or CSAs.
Bronze Winner: Symba
Haggai Simon, BS Digital Business for Artist Advocacy 2020 (Project further developed in PA 5743: Social Innovation Design Lab)
Symba is a social platform that facilitates networking, collaboration, and growth to improve the quality of life for artists and creatives across the United States.
Gold Winner, Crowd Favorite Award: Tree of Hope Haiti
Michele Girard, Master of Development Practice 2020 (Project further developed in Acara Graduate Changemaker Lab)
Tree of Hope Haiti built a water storage system in 2015 that serves 250-400 people and pumps 2,000 gallons per day. We are now partnering with the community to implement an income generating project to fund the water system into the future.
Silver Winner: The Green Neighbor Challenge
Andrew Butts, MS Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy 2019 (Project further developed in Acara Graduate Changemaker Lab)
The Green Neighbor Challenge is a social media campaign and web-based lookup tool designed to facilitate the mass adoption of clean energy.
Bronze Winner: foodiker
Maggie Rogers, MS Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy, 2019 (Project further developed in GCC 5501: Knowledge to Impact)
foodiker is an online platform for people to access environmental and health data about recipes in order to make informed decisions about what they eat.
Read about past Acara Innovation Fellows here.