May 1, 2015 – Social Innovation Challenge

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) will be held at the University of San Diego. This annual event promotes, guides, and supports student-driven ideas to launch or to contribute to existing social enterprises by for-profit, hybrid and nonprofit organizations, locally and abroad.


2013 SIC Verizon Green Award goes to Teresa Smith

The USD Social Innovation Challenge started in 2011 as a student initiative of the university’s Center for Peace and Commerce. Students from USD’s Graduate School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies submitted 16 projects in the first year. The competition was opened up to the entire USD campus in 2012 and 52 submissions from across all programs were entered. In 2013 the SIC grew to 114 projects and awarded over $42,500 of seed capital to five different student innovations. The 2014 the Social Innovation Challenge awarded $50,000 to USD students, and expanded to include an external “San Diego Track” open to students from Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego City College, San Diego State University, and the University of California, San Diego. The Moxie Prizes of $17,500 and Outerwall prize of $5,000 were awarded to students in the San Diego Track. The SIC has awarded $158,000 in cash prizes to students since its inception in 2011.

How to Enter the Social Innovation Challenge

All degree-seeking university students in San Diego*, graduate and undergraduate, are encouraged to participate in the San Diego Social Innovation Challenge. Students may enter the Social Innovation Challenge as individuals or as part of a team. Students can view profiles and projects online to recruit or join other teams, or they can connect with potential team members by attending Idea Labs. In order to enter, students must create a profile and submit their project by answering the questions for Round 1 Judging by February 16, 2015

Projects will be judged on:

Significance of the social/environmental/peace impact
Financial viability and sustainability
Creativity/innovativeness/originality of idea
Potential efficacy/effectiveness of business
Level of team readiness and commitment to implement the project

Award Ceremony- May 1, 2015: Finalist must give a 90 second fast pitch in front of a live audience. Award winners will and audience choice award will be announced.

More Information
Contact Grace Michel at the Center for Peace and Commerce via email at or call (619) 260-4857.

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