Ideas into Action

Challenge 1
Challenge 2
Challenge 3

The Changemaker Hub unites existing platforms for acting on our most pressing social problems at the local, national and global level. With this in mind, we offer a variety of opportunities to engage in social change.

Are you up for the Challenge?

Changemaker Challenge

What makes your challenge unique?

  • The changemaker Challenge is an initiative generating ideas for better addressing one social challenge
  • The 2018 Changemaker Challenge theme is Equity and Access: Education, Housing, and Healthcare
  • This Challenge is open to students, faculty and staff

What 3 dates are crucial for participants to remember

  • October 27: Design Thinking Crash Course
  • November 19: Submissions deadline

How does one enter your challenge?

  • The platform to enter can be accessed through your My San Diego account
  • Enter individually or as a team
  • Submit a 2-3 minute video of the proposed idea

What awards/prizes does your challenge offer?

  • The top video entries will compete for $6,000 in awards. People are invited to vote online for their favorite idea, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool

Social Innovation Challenge

What makes your challenge unique?

  • The Global SIC promotes, guides and supports student ideas to launch new social innovation ventures or projects.
  • Open to students from partner institutions all over the world.
  • Open to ventures or projects at any stage of development (Define, Design, Pilot, Scale).
  • Challengers receive mentoring and guidance from successful real-world social entrepreneurs.

What 4 dates are crucial for participants to remember?

February 27, 2019
Student Round 1 Submissions 

April 26, 2019
USD Student Round 2 Pitches

May 3, 2019
USD Student Showcase

June 6,  2019
Round 3 Pitch Decks are due a week before the pitching date

June 14-16, 2019
Finalist students pitch their proposed innovative solutions (in-person or virtually) at the Global Social Innovation Challenge Final in San Diego, California, USA.

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USD Entrepreneurship

How does one enter your challenge?

  • Submit a pitch deck - a PPT file of 10 slides maximum, annotated, describing your venture and funding goal

What awards/prizes does your challenge offer?

  • $25,000 awarded by Angel investors among four finalists in same way they invest (not a tournament with assigned prize levels)
  • Non-finalists can present their ventures to the V2 audience in a poster session