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Virtual Forum on Social Innovation

September 28th – October 2nd

Brought to you by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, UNICEF USA, and UNICEF, from 28 September to 02 October, the Virtual Forum on Social Innovation will provide an opportunity for our entire community to engage with the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator social entrepreneurs and explore broad issues in Menstrual Health and Hygiene. Mark your calendars for a week of inspiring and engaging content, live convenings, peer networking, and structured learning to explore how we can create impact together. The Virtual Forum on Social Innovation will include four sessions open to the public. Details and registration for these sessions can be found below.

Innovating for Girls in Uncertain Times: Periods Don’t Pause for a Pandemic

Tuesday, September 29th, 10:30am-11:30am EDT

This global panel will feature Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator social entrepreneurs and UNICEF field staff in a discussion focused on the reality that menstruation does not cease in the face of a pandemic and will explore how innovations that place girls and women at the center, especially in times of crisis, are critical in emerging economies. Join us to learn more about how the pandemic has spurred innovation in menstrual health and hygiene. Register here.

Career Panel on International Development

Tuesday, September 29th, 6:00pm-7:00pm EDT

Careers in international development with Duke alums. Register here.

In Conversation with Suhani Jalota

Wednesday, September 30th, 6:00pm-7:00pm EDT

Suhani Jalota is the Founder and CEO of Myna Mahila Foundation based in Mumbai. Her mission is to bring equal access to health care services for all. She has been working in urban slum areas and rural communities researching and designing strategies on projects ranging from adolescent girl health, water and sanitation, to social protection policies. Register here.

Taking Control of Periods: Innovations that Put the Power into the Hands of Girls

Friday, October 2nd, 10:30am-11:30am EDT

This global panel will feature Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator social entrepreneurs and UNICEF field staff in discussion around the power of user/girl-centered design in field-based innovations. Too often, new and exciting innovations design without their true end-user in mind. Worse still are innovations that claim to deliver social impact to the most vulnerable or marginalized but attempt to do so without truly engaging their intended audiences. Join us to hear more about user-designed menstrual health innovations. Register here.

Duke University

Duke Students: The Accelerator provides students opportunities to learn from and work with social entrepreneurs on the front lines of global social issues. Potential opportunities may include participating in our Student Advisory Group, upcoming events on campus, research projects, and internships. To learn more, contact Taylor Conger.

Duke Faculty & Staff: If you have research or other interests in MHH innovation specifically, or innovation in the field of social entrepreneurship more generally, contact Taylor Conger.

Be A Mentor

Through the Accelerator, our social entrepreneurs will have access to a multitude of diverse resources, including UNICEF subject matter experts, Duke University faculty and students, monthly capacity building webinars, and a week-long residency at Duke’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative in the heart of Durham’s innovation district. We seek to create an ecosystem of support to provide social entrepreneurs with the mentorship, advice, training, and funding necessary to scale their impact. Do you want to become an integral part of the DUIA network and provide invaluable insights, experience, and expertise to the social entrepreneurs they work with throughout the life of the cohort?


Your gift is an investment in solving the most challenging and pressing social problems facing the world today. For more information on giving to Duke University’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, please email Brian Mahnke. For more information on giving to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, please email Tom Porter.

Media and Press Inquiries

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