Center for Peace and Commerce

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SIC Track


Social Innovation Challenge (SIC)

The $50,000 Social Innovation Challenge promotes, guides, and supports student-driven ideas to launch or to contribute to existing social enterprises by generating for-profit, hybrid and nonprofit organizations, locally and abroad. The SIC has awarded $84,500 in cash prizes to students since its inception in 2010.

The Social Innovation Challenge is organized by the Center for Peace and Commerce and is open to all University of San Diego students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

SIC Track 2013-2014

October 1, 2013
Jonathan Zaidman, founder and executive director of the 1:1 Movement kicks off the Idea Labs with Professor Tara Ceranic.

Defining Problems/Visualizing Solutions
October 10, 2013
Professor Patricia Marquez hosts "Inside the Entrepreneur's Studio" with guest entrepreneurs Khalida Brohi of Sughar, Stephen Wright of 4 Walls International, NedMcMahon of Primo Wind, and Michael Hurst of Chlorofill

Business Model Design
November 15, 2013, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to turn your idea into a functioning venture. Should it be for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid? What type of legal entity should it be? These questions, and more, will be answered here by our experts Dirk Sampselle, Founder of B Revolution and Rob Hanna, founder, Social Wealth Partners! Don’t have your idea yet? Explore idea generation with our experts.

Ideas Meet Reality
December 3, 2013, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
KIPJ 153 - Peace and Justice Theatre
Hear from last year’s SIC winners how their ventures have progressed, and the advice they have for you.

Social & Environmental Impact
February 11, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
KIPJ 248-249, Rooms: HI
How do you measure the social and environemntal impact of your innovation? How can a for-profit venture still be green and social based? Rob Hanna, Chief Architect of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge, and, Donna Morten, Unreasonable and Ashoka Fellow and founder of First Power, will answers these questions and more.

Pitch Deck Coaching
February 25, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pitch decks help you better understand your idea, concisely communicate it to others, and attract new investors. Learn how to construct a pitch deck and the different elements that go into one.

Speed Coaching
April 1, 2014, 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
O'Tooles Lounge
Practice your pitch and get instant feedback in your final proposal from our coaches.