Info for USD Students

Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us and be part of the eighth Annual (and first Global) Social Innovation Challenge, and receive recognition, resources, and rewards for your social ventures focused on sustainable change.


The (now Global) Social Innovation Challenge (Global SIC) powered by the University of San Diego’s Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) has a 7-year track record of preparing and launching social innovators in the United States and Mexico.


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The Global SIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change.

Student-led teams from USD and other participating universities around the world will develop a nuanced understanding of a social or environmental issue of their choice by analyzing the problem and the solution landscapes and identify gaps in the existing approaches.

Then, students will identify a potential solution that can address the gap/s, has measurable positive impact, and can be financially sustainable & scalable.

Finally, students will create a compelling value proposition, build a viable business plan, and pitch the venture to a panel of judges for seed funding and other resources!

Begin quote “The Social Innovation Challenge helped me and my business take an idea and turn it into a fully developed business. The support, ideas, and mentorship of the SIC really helped us turn our idea into something tangible.” – 2017 SIC participant
Check out the "GSIC: Info for Students" webpage for additional information.
Learn about the submission requirements for each round.

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