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2016-2017 Idea Labs Series

During the 2016-2017 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.

2016-2017 Idea Labs


Idea Lab Kickoff at the Changemaker Fest: Inspire for Innovation

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 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 6, 2016, 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!


Idea Lab Women Innovators Edition 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 12:15-2:00pm, KIPJ HI

This Idea Lab connects students interested in innovation and entrepreneurship for social impact with inspirational women leaders. Students will have an opportunity to network with women leaders, reflect on their personal and professional goals, and receive coaching and feedback to make action plans related to their goals and social impact projects.

Lunch provided

RSVP here: Idea Lab Women Innovators 2016


Ideation Coaching

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:15-2:00pm, KIPJ CD

Students interested in developing social innovation ideas meet with experienced for-profit and non-profit social impact leaders in a mindmapping format to brainstorm, develop early-stage ideas, and get helpful feedback to create a project to enter in the Social Innovation Challenge & Oxford Global Challenge.

Lunch provided

RSVP here: Idea Lab Ideation Coaching 2016


Business Model Design

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 12:15-2:15 pm, KIPJ 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

RSVP here: Idea Lab Business Model Design 2017


Speed Coaching (required for SIC Semi-Finalists)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 12:15-2:00 pm, KIPJ ABCD

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


Financial Sustainability (required for SIC Semi-Finalists)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 12:15-2:15pm, KIPJ HI

High impact and financial sustainability go hand in hand when talking about successful ventures. This workshop gives students an opportunity to work in their teams and with mentors to enhance the financial sustainability of their ventures and refine their written plan to be entered into Round 2 of the SIC. 

Lunch provided


Final Pitch Rehearsal (required for SIC Finalists)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 12:15-2:30 pm, KIPJ HI

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

Lunch provided


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Contact Information

Center for Peace and Commerce
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice 121
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4857
Fax: (619) 260-4891
cpc@sandiego.edu