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Spring 2020 Speakers for Tulane’s Social Venture Accelerator

Each year, a select group of graduate students in our social venture accelerator, the Changemaker Institute (CI), work tirelessly in the evenings and on weekends to propel their idea for social change into a viable and sustainable social enterprise. A…

Changemaker Institute (CI) Ventures 2020

Each year, a select group of graduate students in Taylor’s social venture accelerator, the Changemaker Institute, work tirelessly in the evenings and on weekends to propel their idea for social change into a viable and sustainable social enterprise. Participants in the…

Introducing 2020 Mentors for the Taylor Center’s Social Venture Accelerator

The Taylor team is proud to introduce an incredible group of mentors for the 2020 Changemaker Institute cohort. These mentors commit their time and expertise to support our budding social entrepreneurs develop and hone their ideas for social change. Mentors…

Changemakers Share their Social Ventures at Taylor Student Showcase

Photo by Gigsy. By Dustin Robertson. How can Tulane students create social impact through social ventures? Alaa Mohammad, a biostatician and epidemiologist, walks up to a microphone, raises her eyes and asks the crowd to imagine a world free of…

Budding entrepreneurs unveil social ventures at Taylor Student Showcase

After six months of intense research and development, five Tulane student-led social ventures revealed business proposals at the Taylor Student Showcase held April 11. The ventures, from a mental health tech company to a scholarship readiness program, are the first…

Tulane prepares students to become agents of social change

Photo: Ryan Rivet. By: Mary Cross. The Changemaker Institute (CI), housed at the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking, is creating a more streamlined experience for students by offering two new paths: the Changemaker Institute, which helps students focus…

Changemaker Institute update: Top Box Foods launches Healthy Corner Store Collaborative

Healthy Corner Store Collaborative grand opening event on Sept. 15, 2017. Photo courtesy Top Box Foods – New Orleans. Top Box Foods – New Orleans is co-coordinating a pilot project to increase access to healthy, affordable groceries in food insecure…

Changemaker Institute Graduate Anoop Jain visits Changemaker RLC

“There’s a lot of value in understanding how we go about creating change… I think it’s really important to remember that change can be something that is as little as moving a grain of sand.” Changemaker Institute alum, Anoop Jain…

Taylor Student Showcase Celebrates Changemaker Institute Alumni & Awards Students Over $50,000

An equipment-share lending library for STEM classroom supplies that provides teachers with resources to safely and effectively implement hands-on learning. An accessible, comprehensive, unbiased and free voter’s guide covering all local New Orleans elections A game product that promotes education…

Taylor Senior Fellow Looks to N.O. for Inspiration

Documentary artist and community media pioneer jesikah maria ross, who uses all lowercase, is visiting Tulane University this month, and again in April, as a Taylor Center Senior Fellow. Her February visit includes leading a Changemaker Institute workshop, class presentations,…

Taylor Welcomes 8 New Student Fellows

Taylor is excited to introduce and welcome our eight new student fellows for the 2016-2017 academic year Taylor Student Fellows work closely with the Taylor faculty and staff to engage Tulane students in academic and co-curricular activities in social innovation,…

Changemaker Institute Alumna’s Venture Releases Impact Report

Haley Burns (Tulane, ’15), a Changemaker Institute alumna, took her venture, Fund 17, full time after graduation. Fund 17 creates livelihoods by empowering community entrepreneurs via training and resources to underserved entrepreneurs in New Orleans. Click here for the full…

Taylor Student Showcase Features Budding Social Entrepreneurs

An intentional living community where homeless youth in New Orleans have a safe place to live, learn and work. A community gardening project that aims to alleviate the mental health burden and malnutrition of shelter populations. A smartphone photography program…

Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list includes 5 Tulane graduates, including 1 Changemaker Institute alum

Five Tulane University graduates have appeared in the 2016 Forbes “30 Under 30,” a new list of 600 entrepreneurs, breakout talents and change agents in 20 different sectors. The Tulane alumni hail from a range of industries, including consumer technology, manufacturing, education…

Changemaker Institute Profile: Network Voluntours

Network Voluntours is a New Orleans-based nonprofit that promotes diverse economic development in New Orleans by connecting visitors and locals with local community organizations to create unique, and mutually beneficial, experiences. “The idea is to connect the nonprofit sector in…

Entrepreneurial Support Platform FailUp Launches at Tulane

FailUp builds supportive communities in social entrepreneurship at universities across the country so they can produce better businesses. The platform has launched at Tulane and will expand to other universities in the future. Founder Ethan Levy, an  alum of the Taylor Changemaker Institute and…

Trash to Treasure group battles wastefulness at Tulane

This week, Trash to Treasure is conducting an extensive collection process, taking in clothes, dorm supplies, bedding and anything else students don’t want. The group plans to resell the goods or donate them to charities in the fall semester. (Photo…

Changemaker Institute Summit showcases social innovators

Jennifer McNulty, above, right, senior program coordinator for social innovation at the Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, discusses this year’s class of participants with Changemaker Institute fellows Hannah Horowitz, left, and Elias Garcia, center, by her side. (Photos by…

Who Wants to Be A Taylor Center (Changemaker Institute) Fellow?

I’m sure many of you have noticed a couple marketing pushes on this blog, on our Facebook page, or in our newsletter surrounding the Changemaker Institute.  For those who don’t know, the Changemaker Institute is a 7-week incubator program in…

Student semifinalists to compete during Entrepreneur Week

Six semifinalists vying for a total of $40,000 in startup cash in the 2015 Tulane Business Model Competition will present their ventures to a panel of judges on Monday (March 23) during Entrepreneur Week. The event, which is free and…

Brett Jenks, President and CEO of Rare

For more than twenty-five years, Rare has empowered local communities in over fifty countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards. Rare’s unique approach trains local leaders to lead change, leaving a legacy of increased capacity and a…

Highbrow Highway

Fund 17 founder Haley Burns reacts on OUT TO LUNCH.  Photos at Commander’s Palace by Chet Overall. Haley Burns is leading a New Orleans economic revolution. It’s called Fund 17. Based on the microfinance model that won Muhummad Yunus a…

Want to be an Ignite OC?

The due date for applications to be an Ignite OC are fast approaching! To get a better idea of what it takes to be one, I interviewed Elias Garcia, a former Ignite OC and a Changemaker Institute fellow for CELT-SI, and…

Tulane’s Changemaker Institute Partners with 52Businesses to Revitalize Program

Changemaker Institute is the social venture incubator at Tulane University that matches student’s social ventures with experts in the New Orleans community. The Institute recently went through the52Businesses bootcamp, a New Orleans accelerator, to help focus on “change” and revamp…

Better sanitation means power in India

The Humanure Power team’s first facility opens in July in the Supaul district of Bihar, India, where toilets for men and for women provide power to the community. (Photo from Anoop Jain) Humanure Power, the brainchild of Tulane University alumnus…

Anoop Jain from Humanure announced as Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

Old women carry toilet pot replicas during the International Toilet Festival organised by NGO Sulabh International on the occasion of World Toilet Day on November 18, 2014 in New Delhi, India. Photo by Subrata Biswas/Hindustan Times On Saturday at the…

The Insider: Students turn trash into treasure

It is cheaper to discard a $59 microwave at the end of the school year than it is to keep it in storage between semesters. That’s why Trash to Treasure, a new student group at Tulane University, is providing a different…

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Student and alumni examples of how Tulane University is empowering students to make the world a better place.

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