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Social Venture Fund & Advisory Network

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Hampshire College students working on projects that offer potential for positive social impact now have an extended network of support.

Alumni, families, and other interested individuals who would like to share their expertise and energy, commitment and contributions, can get involved in the Hampshire College Social Venture Fund and Advisory Network.

Colin Twitchell, director of Hampshire's Lemelson Center, announced the new pilot program, which has been set up for an 18-month period with the goal of becoming a more permanent venture.

While the Lemelson Center will serve as home base for the fund, it is open to all Hampshire College students. Any student working on a project that provides social benefits or an innovative response to social needs may submit an application for funding. A selection committee will choose recipients for modest awards.

In its pilot phase, the program aims to fund at least one project from each of Hampshire's five interdisciplinary schools.

The fund will offer intellectual as well as financial capital, including guidance, contacts, mentoring, and the kind of business expertise that can be invaluable to a fledgling entrepreneur. The advisory network will work with Twitchell and others on campus to match students requesting assistance with professionals or mentors appropriate to their individual projects.

For further information on the Social Venture Fund and Advisory Network, or to get involved in supporting student entrepreneurs who are working on projects with positive social impact, contact Fund co-directors Megan Briggs and Roxanne Finn at or 413.559.5613.

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