The Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET) at the University of California, Berkeley has announced a partnership with The Purpose Academy, a program by 1M1B (One Million for One Billion) in partnership with the Innovation Acceleration Group (IAG) to engage the brightest young minds to solve the world’s most complex problems, enabling them to become responsible business leaders by giving a unique exposure to real-time problem solving to create real impact. SCET will help support the initiative by connecting students with the UC Berkeley campus and faculty, and by providing mentorship from UC Berkeley students.
With abundant guidance from world-renowned leaders, faculty and mentors with diverse portfolios – the program equips students with technology, ideas, creativity, resources, and motivation to build disruptive solutions. The Purpose Academy provides a real-life impact lab environment in which students discover not just what makes impact initiatives successful and scalable, but also what makes them fail. Students are then paired with a grassroots organization from the villages of India and are given real challenges to solve using systems thinking and responsible AI.
Ken Singer, Managing Director, UC Berkeley SCET said “Technology has the power to change the world for good. We need young leaders who are just not just skilled in technology but are also learning to use technology responsibly. We are excited to partner with 1M1B in this mission and we look forward to hosting the top students from the Purpose Academy at UC Berkeley”
Manav Subodh- Co Founder of 1M1B said that “Students today face an unpredictable future, full of complicated economic, social, and environmental issues. While schoolwork focuses on the general educational curriculum, The Purpose Academy enables high school and senior school students to gain crucial future skills that will assist them in becoming real problem solvers and create a pathway to become responsible business leaders”.
After a successful pilot batch, The Purpose Academy is inviting applications for the summers program (June- August 2021). The batch size is limited to 25 students and selections are based on interviews. Top Students are given an opportunity to showcase their work at SCET, UC Berkeley.