2019 Global Social Innovation Challenge Tracks

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2019 Tracks

The 2019 Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC) will award over $50,000 in seed funding to the winning student teams from 25+ participating universities from around the world for their venture proposals.

New for 2019: Teams participating in the inaugural Tire Recycling Innovation (TRI) Track will also be eligible for additional $7,000 in seed funding!

In addition, teams may also be eligible for additional funding from their own institutions.

See below for details of seed funding tracks for each round, and contact us at cpc@sandiego.edu if you have questions.

 

2019 GSIC Seed Funding Prize Pool

2019 GSIC Tracks
Round Funds for teams from all participating universities Additional Funds for University of San Diego Teams Additional Funds for other participating university teams
Round 1   $5,000 Varies by university
Round 2 $7,000 $10,000 Varies by university
Round 3 $50,000   Varies by university
Total $57,000 $15,000 Varies by university

 

Round 1 (Preliminary round) Tracks

University of San Diego: $5,000

  • Eligibility: All USD teams participating in round 1 of the 2019 GSIC
  • Submissions by: February 27, 2019
  • Results declared by: March 14, 2019
  • Awards: 10 Keep-It-Going grants of $500 each, totaling $5,000

Other Participating Universities:

  • Varies by university

Round 2 (Semi-Finals) Tracks

All Universities: Tire Recycling Innovation (TRI) Track - $7,000

  • Eligibility: All semi-finalist teams focusing on creating new innovations or improving existing solutions centered around used tire recycling that submit their round 2 submissions to CPC by April 26, 2019.
  • Submissions by: April 26, 2019
  • Results declared on: June 15, 2019
  • Awards: Judge-choice awards totaling $7,000
    • $3,000: Best NEW Tire-Derived products / applications not currently on the market.
    • $3,000: Best innovation that expands / improves / strengthen existing Tire-Derived products / markets / infrastructure.
    • $1,000: Best Moonshot idea to positively transform tire recycling over the long term.

Please click here for more information on the the Tire Recycling Innovation Track. 

University of San Diego: $10,000

  • Eligibility: All USD semi-finalist teams participating in round 2 of the 2019 GSIC.
  • Submissions by: April 10, 2019
  • Pitching on: April 26, 2019
  • Results declared on: May 3, 2019
  • Awards:
    • Judge-choice awards totaling $5,000:Teams addressing any local/regional San Diego issue (additional consideration for teams addressing sustainable housing).
    • Judge-choice awards totaling $4,000: Teams addressing any issue.
    • Audience-choice awards totaling $1,000: Teams addressing any issue.

Other Participating Universities:

  • Varies by university

Round 3 (Global Final) Tracks

All Universities: Social Innovation Track ($40,000):

  • Eligibility: 2019 GSIC finalist teams from all participating universities.
  • Submissions by: June 6, 2019
  • Pitching on: June 14-15, 2019
  • Results declared on: June 15, 2019
  • Awards:
    • Judge-choice awards totaling $37,000
    • Audience-choice awards totaling $3,000

All Universities: Wireless Impact Track ($5,000):

  • Eligibility:  2019 GSIC finalist teams from all participating universities that leverage mobile / wireless technology as a part of their solution for impact.
  • Submissions by: June 6, 2019
  • Pitching on: June 14-15, 2019
  • Results declared on: June 15, 2019
  • Awards: Judge-choice awards totaling $5,000

All Universities: Women Innovators Track ($5,000):

  • Eligibility:  2019 GSIC finalist teams from all participating universities that have at least one woman in a leadership role on the team.
  • Submissions by: June 6, 2019
  • Pitching on: June 14-15, 2019
  • Results declared on: June 15, 2019
  • Awards: Judge-choice awards totaling $5,000

Additional information about the tracks:

Tire Recycling Innovation Track

It is estimated that the United States alone generates an astonishing 246 million waste tires per year. If not disposed of properly or recycled responsibly, waste tires can have hazardous effects on the environment and the health of the surrounding population. Existing government initiatives, nonprofits, and for-profit organizations have aimed to improve recycling efficiency by creating innovative uses for waste tires such as flooring, sealants, outdoor walkways, and synthetic turf. Given the sheer scope of this problem locally and globally, we call upon social innovators to imagine additional creative solutions.

This inaugural track, sponsored by Cal Recycle, will award seed funding to entrepreneurs who aspire to work at the nexus of innovation, zero waste, and the circular economy. Innovators will propose new types of tire-derived products or end-use applications, or ways to expand and strengthen existing markets and infrastructure.

Wireless Impact Track

Our world is changing rapidly and leveraging technology for greater access and inclusion is essential for many social innovations. This track, sponsored by Qualcomm Wireless Reach and Qualcomm Ventures, aims to invest in teams that are leveraging wireless technology for greater and sustained social impact.

Women Innovators Track

Historically, women have been less likely to enter pitch competitions, start companies, and find significant financing for their venture when they do pursue it. To change this, we have encouraged and challenged our women innovators through our Women Innovators Initiative to think big, connect wide, and dig deep. This track, sponsored by Annie Navarra, has helped the Global Social Innovation Challenge to reach gender parity in the last two years.

Thank you to our sponsors!

We would like to thank our generous partners for their sponsorship of these tracks!
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