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Accelerating Wireless in Social Entrepreneurship: CTIA Wireless Foundation Powers Up A New Partnership

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Dori Kreiger
Executive Director

I am delighted to kick off 2020 by announcing a new partnership between CTIA Wireless Foundation and the Do Good Institute at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Our support of the Do Good Institute is part of our Accelerator Partnerships initiative, a strategic effort to invest in programs that support social entrepreneurs who are using wireless technology to achieve positive impact.

The Do Good Institute seeks to develop the next generation of civic-minded nonprofit leaders and social innovators by encouraging students to use entrepreneurship principles and real-world learning experiences to address significant social issues. To aid their efforts, many of the program’s digital-native college students leverage the power of their cellphone and the wireless networks that connect them.

“The Do Good Institute is the perfect partner as the Foundation continues our commitment to accelerating the work of wireless-focused social entrepreneurs,” said Alice Tornquist, CTIA Wireless Foundation Chairwoman and Vice President, Spectrum Strategy and Technology Policy, Qualcomm, “I am eager to see the way students use mobile technology to achieve social good through their projects and ventures.”

Through the Do Good Institute, student social entrepreneurs have access to workspaces, personal and professional development opportunities, coaching and financial support, and access to funders and investors. Institute programs include:

  • Do Good Challenge: An annual, campus-wide challenge inspiring students to pursue innovative solutions to social issues. Participants spend the year advocating, fundraising, volunteering and developing solutions to the issue. The challenge culminates in a finals event where six student teams pitch their venture for a chance to win a share of more than $20,000.
  • Do Good Mini-Grants: Mini-grants provide funding for the development and implementation of student-led, student-run project proposals that aim to create a positive social or environmental impact.
  • Do Good Accelerator: A collaborative space on campus that helps social entrepreneurs grow their impact by offering trainings, networking opportunities and more.

These programs offer a variety of resources and opportunities to spur the growth and development of students’ social entrepreneurial ventures. We are excited to support the work the Institute does to advocate for new ideas that have a powerful impact.

Notable Do Good Institute projects utilizing wireless technology include:

  • Padres Preparados, Jovenes Saludables: A culturally grounded, open-source app combatting obesity in children by promoting positive parenting practices.
  • Chat Health: An SMS platform that uses novel machine learning and AI technology to enable students to communicate with the UMD Health Center.

This April, I will have the honor of serving as a judge alongside a group of talented experts for the Do Good Challenge. I can’t wait to see the innovative work students are doing to solve problems in their community and around the world.

Accelerator Partnerships

The Foundation partners with nonprofit and mission-driven enterprises that accelerate tech social entrepreneurs’ work.

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