The Acara Institute is a a program of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, which creates sustainable social businesses by conducting the Acara Challenge, a program that uses best practices from industry in concert with university courses to enable students to create real businesses.

The program matches university students with counterparts in another country (USA, India and Mexico in 2010) and industry mentors and challenges them to develop solutions to difficult problems, such as the lack of clean water and energy in urban slums. Acara Institute is inclusionary and taps into the passion of its volunteers, business partners, university participants, and like-minded organizations and individuals.

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