Global Social Innovation Challenge

The Global Social Innovation Challenge 2018

Recognize, resource, and reward student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change.

Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us and be part of the seventh annual (and first Global) Social Innovation Challenge!


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The Social Innovation Challenge (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 Stages and Mexico. From this year, the challenge has become the Global Social Innovation Challenge (Global SIC), and now welcomes participation from college / university students across the entire world!

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

  1. 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.

  2. Identify a potential solution that can address the gap/s, has measurable positive impact, and can be financially sustainable & scalable.

  3. 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!

Let your students grow their global networks and compete on-stage with student innovators from the world-over. Register your university / college today to give your students access to $50,000+ in seed funding and a priceless experience of learning, value formation, and networking.





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 Social Innovation Challenge participant



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