Makaela Kingsley

Gabriel Mirelez ‘23 ties for first place in Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition

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On November 13, 2020, Gabriel Mirelez ’23 competed in the Connecticut Collegiate Business Plan Competition, an annual competition organized by the Entrepreneurship Foundation. The Entrepreneurship Foundation is a 501c3 which exists “to provide effective resources for Educators ​and Entrepreneurs.” The competition offered $30,000 in startup grants and $5,000 in startup services to the eight student venture…

A guide to the Wesleyan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Wesleyan students are known to be bold and creative thinkers who are not just learners but also makers. However, it can be difficult for students to figure out where to start when they have an idea they want to build or when they feel drawn to get involved with other students’ entrepreneurial projects. This post…

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2019/2020 Year in Review

A MESSAGE FROM THE PATRICELLI CENTER DIRECTOR Fourteen weeks ago, the COVID-19 pandemic descended on Connecticut. Residents were asked to shelter-in-place, and Wesleyan announced a switch to a distance learning format for the remainder of spring semester. Amidst the unprecedented fear and uncertainty, communities came together, combining traditional tools of community organizing and new modes…

2020 PCSE Seed Grant Winners Announced

Wesleyan’s Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 PCSE Seed Grant. These student-led social impact projects and ventures will each receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds as well as training, advising, mentoring, incubator workspace, and other resources from the Patricelli Center.  Recipients were selected from a pool of finalists…

2020 PCSE Seed Grant Finalists Announced (public pitches 2/28 12-1PM)

The Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2020 PCSE Seed Grants. These $5,000 awards are intended to fund the launch or early stage growth of a social enterprise, project, program, or venture. Past grantees used this seed funding to help students chase their dreams, innovate tourism in Thailand, provide college access to students in…

Spring Semester classes offered by the Patricelli Center

This spring, the Patricelli Center will offer one full-semester course, two half-semester courses, and a student forum. The full-semester course is a startup incubator in which students will build projects, programs, or ventures of their own design. The half-semester courses will focus on understanding complex social and environmental problems and developing a toolkit for tackling…

2019/2020 JCCP Mentor In-Residence Program: Introducing Dr. Rosemary Ostfeld

The Jewett Center for Community Partnerships (JCCP) Mentor-In-Residence Program* supports the civic preparedness of Wesleyan students in collaboration with community partners committed to the pursuit of a just, equitable, and sustainable future for communities beyond the campus—nearby and around the world. Mentors-in-residence are nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, activists, and/or public figures whose experiences bridge the gap…

What I learned by teaching Fearless Experimentation

Last summer, I wrote about two of the patterns I’ve seen in my work teaching social entrepreneurship at a liberal arts college – (1) the research-to-practice gap and (2) students’ fear of failure. I proposed an approach that I named “Fearless Experimentation” to encourage students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings by forming and testing…

2018/2019 Advisory Board Members, Grant Judges, Pitch Coaches, Mentors, Presenters, and TAs: Thank You!

Thank you to the following alumni, students, faculty, staff, and friends* who donated their time and expertise to the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship in 2018/2019. Your involvement has made our programs stronger, and we look forward to continued collaboration! Alex Pack ’14 Alok Appadurai ’00 Amanda Furlong Andy Weissman ‘88 P’21 Anne Lebleu ’00…

Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship 2018/2019 Year in Review

In his inaugural address on September 21, 1831, Wesleyan’s first President Willbur Fisk said “Education should be directed with reference to two objects—the good of the individual, and the good of the world.” Today, the University’s mission is to provide “an education in the liberal arts that is characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism.”…