Changemaker 2016 Group

Changemaker Institute (CI) incubates student changemakers by fostering learning and growth via community partnerships, mentorship, & the development of social entrepreneurial skills

(CI) supports budding social entrepreneurs who are interested in building social impact ventures that relate to a range of challenges, communities, and approaches.  CI participants either create their own social impact venture (such as a non-profit, program, student-run organization, or business) or build a new and innovative capacity within an existing organization. Participants can work individually on their ventures, but we encourage teams to apply together whenever possible.

CI focuses not only on launching successful ventures, but also on equipping students with tools to more deeply understand the challenges they are addressing. As part of CI, students become more aware of local partners, champions, and allies tackling those same challenges. CI students embark on a journey of learning and iterating their ideas while joining forces with other local change agents, and honing skills and competencies of leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Throughout CI, students develop ideas and hone plans for their ventures by interacting with local innovators, mentors, peers, alumni, and community leaders working at the nexus of social change and innovation in the wider community.

CI is a strong platform for access to funding for venture development through Tulane- based opportunities, and to other, advanced opportunities in social entrepreneurship beyond campus. Each eligible participant – regardless of whether they are working individually or on a team – can apply for over $20,000 in funding through our three awards. CI alumni have been accepted to local and national incubators including Idea Village, Propeller, and Echoing Green.

We support sustainable ideas with strong social missions and offer students:

  • Social entrepreneurial skill development
  • An engaged cohort experience
  • Mentorship from the Tulane and New Orleans communities
  • Support from an active international Changemaker Institute alumni network
  • Preparation for applying to funding opportunities at Tulane and beyond

Spring 2017 Schedule 

  • Workshop 1: January 21
    • Project Management and Operational Strategy, led by the CI Team
  • Workshop 2: January 28
    • Entering Communities
      • Avery Brewton, Center for Restorative Approaches
    • Market Research Prep
      • Katie Mathews, Design Researcher at IDEO, Documentary Film Producer
  • Workshop 3: February 4
    • Market Research & Human Centered Design
      • Katie Mathews, Design Researcher at IDEO, Documentary Film Producer
    • Social Impact Assessment
      •  Will Faulkner, Flux Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation
  • Workshop 4: February 11
    • Business Model Canvas
      • J Miguez, CEO of VL Group
  • Workshop 5: February 18
    • Brand, Vision and Mission
      • Jesikah Ross, Sr. Community Engagement Strategist, Capital Public Radio
  • Workshop 6: March 11
    • Funding Models & Building a Budget
      • Haley Burns, Founder and Director of Fund 17
    • Business Entity Classification
      • Kelly Orians, Founder of Rising Foundations
  • Workshop 7: March 18
    • Pitching
      • Kenny Nguyen, CEO of Big Fish Presentations
  • Workshop 8: April 8
    • Pitching Practice and Closing out CI: Next Steps
  • Taylor Student Showcase:
    • Culminating Celebration and Final Pitch Presentation: evening, April 12, 5:30 -8 PM

Get Funded

All participants who submit a venture and develop it through Changemaker Institute are eligible and coached on how to apply to the following funding opportunities.

If you are interested in applying for the Changemaker Institute but don’t have an idea or know where to start, attend the Education Innovation + CI Prep event and leave with real ideas for education innovation that you can move forward during CI.

Examples of Past Ventures

Trash to Treasure seeks to create a revolving sustainable fund for outreach project in New Orleans. T2T deliver this by collecting and selling dorm room necessities thrown away by Tulane students during move out. Their profits fund subsequent sales as well as further sustainable ventures.

SHRI (formerly Humanure Power) works to eradicate outdoor defecation as a normal practice for hundreds of millions of villagers in rural India by building community toilet blocks. These toilets leverage proven and existing technology that convert human waste in to energy that can be sold, generating a revenue stream that helps further their mission of building more toilets. See SHRI in action below:

Network Voluntours (formerly Crescent City Connections or “CCC”) promotes and facilitates customized volunteer and cultural activities for visitors and residents in New Orleans to better connect people with community organizations in the city. See Network Voluntours in action below:

Failup (formerly ComeFail) seeks to build an online network that connects Tulane students, administrators, and faculty who want to get their socially-conscious ideas off the ground with others who are excited and able to help.

Fund 17 is a Louisiana registered non-profit that works to empower micro-entrepreneurs in the New Orleans community.  Fund 17 does this by providing financial education and micro-loans.

Top Box Foods Makes high-quality nutritious food (lean meats, fish and fresh produce) available at extremely affordable prices. The non-profit uses volunteers to deliver food, focusing on areas identified as food deserts.

Girls’ Digital Storytelling Project creates youth-led, small-scale, intensive digital storytelling (DST) program designed to train a group of New Orleans teens to become storytelling facilitators. Approximately a dozen middle/high school students participate in a 6-week summer camp program to explore the methods, philosophy, and art of DST, and work towards projects that will continue community traditions, history, and solutions to problems.

ImpACT offers free ACT test preparation to underserved students in New Orleans

Textbooks Change aims to reduce student debt associated with purchasing college textbooks by creating a Tulane-exclusive website that encourages safe and fairly-priced textbook transactions between students.

Micro PAD Solutions aims to create and mass-produce an affordable virus diagnostic tool that can perform rapid tests for common viruses in resource-limited settings. This would empower the local community by increasing awareness of medical issues, providing early and legitimate diagnoses, and reducing the dependency on limited medical personnel by ensuring that the virus detection tool can be read by people without a medical background.


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