Global SIC Submission Requirements

Round 1 Submission Requirements

Submission due by 11:59 pm PST on February 15, 2018. Student-led teams will be asked to apprentice with a social or environmental issue. Teams will produce a visual map, chart or infographic and an executive summary of the issue that demonstrates understanding of their chosen social or envirionmental issue. 

Submission Components1

  • A visual map, chart or infographic explaining the specific social or environmental challenge you have studied. Submission should include an understanding of the problem and its causes, the current solution pool and players and should indicate gaps in current service provision, indicating where opportunities for change may lie. Excellent submissions should address a narrow enough challenge to demonstrate thorough analysis and give thought to the specific community, stakeholder or client that will be the focus for the solution to be developed in Round 2.
  • A maximum 2,000 word executive summary explaining the challenge. This should work as an aid to the visual map to help the viewer interpret the main components: the problem landscape, solution landscape and current gaps and opportunities.
  • A bibliography for sources cited in executive summary or visual map

Round 2 Submission Requirements

Submission due by 11:59 pm PST on April 10, 2018. Student-led teams will be asked to suggest a solution to their identified problem that is feasible, acceptable to the community/target population, and can demonstrate impact, sustainability, and scalability/replicability. To do this, the round 2 submission will require the teams to submit a complete social business model canvas and a 2 minute video about the social venture. Samples, resources, and specific guidelines have been provided to participating institutions.

Round 3 Submission Requirements

Submission due by 11:59 pm PST on June 18, 2018. Live pitches will take place on June 23, 2018. One or more members of the teams selected from each participating university/institution who are competing in the Global Final will be asked to demonstrate the impact, sustainability, and scalability of their social venture in a live 10-minute pitch to a panel of judges (done virtually or in person). Finalists must also demonstrate well-defined next steps, a realistic implementation plan, and demonstrate how their team is committed to implementing the venture. Teams will need to submit their final presentation slides (PowerPoint / PDF / Link to a Prezi) by 11:59 pm PST on June 18, 2018. Samples, resources, and specific guidelines will be provided to participating institutions by April 26, 2018.

Students will compete in round 3 for any of the following tracks that they are eligible for:

  1. Wireless Track: for teams that are leveraging wireless technology (ie. Mobile phones, Bluetooth, IoT)
  2. Women Innovators Track: for teams that are lead or co-lead by a woman innovator
  3. Global Impact Track: for teams that have a possibility of global reach.
  4. General Track: for all teams

1 This methodology was originally developed as part of the Oxford Global Challenge, a challenge run by the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in partnership with educational institutions across the world." For more information visit