2012-2013 Idea Labs Series

Spring 2013 Idea Labs


Idea Lab 7: Speed Coaching

March 19, 2013
KIPJ A/D; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Students used coaching feedback to prepare their full-written plans for round two, which were due on April 8, 2013. 

With Mark Bowles (Founder, ecoATM),Nathaniel Dunigan (Founder, AidChil), Karen Cebreros (Founder Track the Impact), Adam Weiler (Founder, Cables 4 Cause), Elisa Sabatini (Executive Director, Via International), Rohini Sankapa (Manager, Hitachi), Steven Wright (Founder, 4Walls International), Rory Moore (CEO, CommNexus), Mark Neilson (Founder, Accretive), Susan Lamping (Senior Community Loan Officer, CDC Small Business Finance), Dr. Steve Conroy (Faculty Director, Center for Peace and Commerce), Bob Keith (Founder & CEO at Catalyst Growth Partners)


Idea Lab 6: Pitch Coaching

March 5, 2013
KIPJ C/D; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
It can be nerve-racking to present your idea in front of judges, or in the real-world, investors.  To build your confidence, we will provide a session with Dr. Mike Lawless to help you focus on what should be delivered during your 5 minute pitch to judges.  Learn how to give an impactful pitch that sells your idea and attracts investment.

With Dr. Mike Lawless and San Diego Entrepreneurs


Idea Lab 5: Assessing Social & Environmental Impact

February 7, 2013
KIPJ E/F; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
How do you measure environmental and social impact? How can a for-profit venture still be green and social based? Learn how to incorporate impact measurement into your project in this idea lab.

WithRob Hanna, Chief Architect of Social Innovations at Social Wealth Partners

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Fall 2012 Idea Labs


Idea Lab 4: Ideas Meet Reality

November 29, 2012
KIPJ Theatre; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Hear from the winners of last year’s $30,000 Social Innovation Challenge.What were their great ideas? What have they done with the seed money? What will they do next?Each of the 2012 winners will present their innovations and progress using The Five Questions from this year’s challenge and then will sit down with SIC judges to answer their questions and YOURS!

With 2012 SIC winners:Eat Better Today (Teresa Smith),Aiko and Egor (Casey Hoffman),Farming to End Poverty (Innocent Rugaragu),Nutrifort (Kristina James),Social Transformation through Mediation (Sharia Walker, Chris Voets and Ana Zamejc),Performers for Progress (Madeline Vann)


Idea Lab 3: Business Model Design

November 6, 2012
KIPJ E/F; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
So, you're interested in starting your own enterprise. Or, you have a social innovation idea. Well, how do you decide which for-profit or non-profit model is best? And what about all of those hybrid models that are popping up all over the country? And, when is it too soon or too late to determine your business model?

With R. Todd Johnson, Partner, Jones Day Silicon Valley


Idea Lab 2: Defining Problems & Visualizing Solutions -Inside the Entrepreneur's Studio

October 2, 2012
KIPJ Theatre; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
This event was modeled after the show “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and was being marketed across campus as “Inside the Entrepreneur’s Studio”. For a humorous and engaging effect, we were mimicking the Saturday Night Live spoof of the show staring Will Ferrell. Professor Steve Conroy interviewed four entrepreneurs on stage for 10 minutes each. Topics relating to defining social or environmental problems and visualizing entrepreneurial solutions were discussed with each guest. 

With Guest Entrepreneurs: Vivian Glick (nonprofit, children and women’s development); Bryan O’Neill (for-profit, sustainable energy); Meghan Dambacher (nonprofit, green/environment); Adriana Herrera (for-profit, sustainable fashion)


Idea Lab 1: Inspire

September 18, 2012
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
The aim of Inspire is to ignite the imagination for how you can take an issue important to you and address it by creating your own social innovation or enterprise. This IdeaLab will use story-telling by a successful social entrepreneur to motivate you to enter the Social Innovation Challenge

with Ashoka Fellow Paul Rice