2015-2016 Idea Labs Series

During the 2015-2016 school year the Center for Peace and Commerce will host a series of Idea Labs to prepare students to enter the Social Innovation Challenge. Idea Labs are open to all USD students and all degree-seeking university students in San Diego.

2015-2016 Idea Labs

Idea Lab Kickoff at the Changemaker Fest: Inspire for Innovation

Tuesday, September 29, 11am-2pm, SLP

Unleash your capacity to innovate for positive social change. Join us at the Changemaker Fest to participate in activities that will inspire your sense of purpose and passion. 

USD Entrepreneurship Legacy Conference: Connect with Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 5:00-9:00pm, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Have you ever thought about following your passion, running your own venture or controlling your own career? How about working for an energized start-up company and networking with successful social and commercial entrepreneurs? Make sure you don’t miss USD’s premier networking and coaching opportunity for passionate entrepreneurs. Mark your calendars for this FREE Event!


Design Thinking for Innovation

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 12:15-2:30 pm, KIPJ rooms ABC

This Idea Lab will help you learn how to use design thinking—a problem solving methodology and way of thinking—to generate creative ideas and design solutions to problems. You will learn how to use empathy and better understand human needs to develop ideas for social innovations and ventures. 

Lunch provided


Ideas Meet Reality

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:15-2:30 pm, KIPJ rooms AB

Take your big idea one step closer to reality by learning from former Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) winners.  Social entrepreneurs return to USD to share about the progress of their SIC projects and mentor current students. A brief panel will give you the opportunity to hear how past winners have tackled the challenges of implementation and overcome obstacles.  You will then have the opportunity to work with mentors to develop your idea into a successful social venture for the SIC. 

Lunch provided


Business Model Design

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 12:15-2:15 pm, KIPJ rooms AB

Idea Lab 4 will provide you with tools and guidance to describe how a venture creates, delivers, and captures value and social impact for its customers or beneficiaries. A Social Innovation coach will explain the key ingredients of a social and commercial business model. Then you will have the opportunity to work on your idea with expert mentors. This Idea Lab prepares students for the Social Innovation Challenge or V2 Pitch Deck Competition.

Lunch provided


Advance Innovation (required for SIC Semi-Finalists)

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:15-2:15 pm, KIPJ rooms AB

Advance your SIC project to the next level by identifying your venture’s strengths and weaknesses, and learn what it takes to captivate an audience and funders with a compelling pitch. A workshop for students to work in their teams and with mentors to craft their pitch and refine their written plan to be entered into Round 2 of the SIC.

Lunch provided

Speed Coaching (required for SIC Semi-Finalists)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 12:15-2:00 pm, KIPJ rooms BCD

Semi-finalists pitch their SIC ventures to successful entrepreneurs. Students meet with experienced for-profit and non-profit social innovators for a few minutes each to practice pitching their idea, and get helpful feedback for improving their pitch and written plan for round 2 of the SIC.

Lunch provided

Final Pitch Rehearsal (required for SIC Finalists)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 12:15-2:30 pm

The finalist teams in the 2016 SIC practice their final pitch and receive feedback from expert guests.

Lunch provided

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