Clients

The Notre Dame family is as inspired and committed as ever and the following are our current crop of incubator program clients ...

The ANKA Project

Problem:

The world’s largest humanitarian crises at this moment is arguably the Syrian conflict. There are millions of refugees and internally displaced Syrians. Of these, over 200,000 refugees live in camps in Turkey (and another 1.5M+ outside of the camps). However with few activities or work opportunities available, many of the refugees are left with idle hands.

 

Solution:

To educate and empower Syrian Refugees in Turkey through training, skills transfer and employment of traditional wool spinning and carpet weaving techniques in partnership with Woven Legends.


Didi Design Market

Problem:

It is increasingly difficult for western consumers to know the stories behind the goods they purchase. As interests in farmers markets and the farm-to-table movement grow, this disconnect between consumer and producer is becoming evident in corresponding markets, such as retailers of kitchen textiles. When so much attention is being paid to the origins of our food, it seems necessary to extend this concern to all our table items.

 

Solution:

Didi+me sells kitchen textiles with a story. We are founded on the belief that every step of production has a human component that consumers should know about. From design to screen-printing, didi+me gives a voice to our products so the experiences of cooking and eating can be fully immersive, connected, and ethical.


Education Haiti

Problem:

There are many brilliant students (high-schoolers) in Haiti who could excel at foreign universities but do not know how to approach the application process. These are usually preferred as they offer more options and are of better quality than universities in Haiti. 

 

Solution:

We recruit brilliant high-schoolers and put them in touch with Haitians at current US and Canadian universities to guide them through the application process. 


FashionEmpowers

Problem:

Lack of economic opportunity for woman in rural Nicaragua.

 

Solution:

FashionEmpowers (FE) is a for-profit social enterprise creating sustainable jobs for Nicaraguan women by connecting them to the U.S. market through selling customized dresses. FE provides economic opportunities for these Nicaraguan artisans while enhancing their skills needed to produce customized dresses that integrate Nicaraguan craftsmanship with American fashion trends.


Free World United

Problem:

Non-profit organizations have difficulty converting idle supporters and fans into donors.

 

Solution:

We manage t-shirt fundraising campaigns to provide incentives and perks to your supporters while they contribute to your cause.


Safetap

Problem:

Suicide rate on college campuses.

 

 

Solution:

Safetap seeks to prevent suicide by providing a comprehensive solution for managing mental health and safety. Features will include: school-specific resources/services, therapist finder, mood tracking, easy access to hotlines and emergency services.


Sessa Inc.

Problem:

Sessa overcomes the obstacle Millennials face of "I don't know where to start investing" with an app where you can create social investment "circles" composed of your peers.

 

Solution:

On Sessa you can tap into the wisdom of your social network, connect with the world's best brokerage firms and advisors, and make long-term investments alongside people you trust.


Stage for Change Inc.

Problem:

Structures of social injustice have marginalized voices within our communities, even on college campuses, leading to lack of inclusivity and.

 

Solution:

Through sharing unspoken stories of identity and difference, Stage for Change helps communities to strategically leverage the stories within a community to achieve an appreciation for diversity and be a stepping stone for social change.