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Acara Challenge Reception

March 7, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm


The Acara Challenge is a competition for undergraduate and graduate students from all UMN campuses that are seeking money to pilot their ideas for solutions that address social and environmental challenges. Students receive intensive training and mentoring to learn how to best pitch their ideas at the competition, then compete for up to $500 in competition prizes and $5,000 in fellowship funding. Applications are accepted from students from all majors and in all stages of project development.

The reception will include:

4:30 – 5:15 pm: Poster session
An opportunity to meet one-on-one with the Acara Challenge 2019 participants, accompanied by appetizers.

5:15 – 6:00 pm: Welcome and Acara Challenge 2019 Short Pitches
Following a brief introduction, you’ll hear 2-minute pitches from participating teams on their innovative venture solutions to local and global grand challenges. Following the pitches, the audience will vote on the recipients of crowd-favorite awards.

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Award Ceremony & Wrap Up
Announcement of the winners of the 2019 Acara Challenge.


The 2019 Acara Challenge project finalists:

Care Share
Movement for Healing
Nourish the City 
Engineer Mars 
Rising Earth
Economic Sustainability
The Green Neighbor
Battery Brew
Green Mandi


RSVP here by February 27 to attend.

Please contact Courtney Peters (pete9668@umn.edu), IonE Events Coordinator, if you have any questions about this event.


Weisman Art Museum
333 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55455 United States
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