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Past Events

2014 Series


Idea Lab 6: "Pitch Deck Coaching" - Telling the Story of Your Innovation

February 25, 2014

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.

KIPJ A/B; 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 5: "Social & Environmental Impact"

with Ashoka Fellow Donna Morton & Rob Hanna of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge

February 11, 2014

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.

KIPJ H/I; 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM


2013 Series


Idea Lab 4: "Ideas Meet Reality"

with 2013 SIC winners: Deaf for African Development (Isidore Niyongabo), Safe Parking (Teresa Smith), Roam (Connor Lind), Lace Up Stand Up (Chris Barrett, Adriana Kaplan, Negin Mani, Kyle Miller), Homespun,Grace Michel, Andrew Rae)

December 3, 2013

Gain insights on how to answer your five questions for the 2014 Social Innovation Challenge. What were last year's great ideas? What have students done with the seed money? What will they do next?

KIPJ Theatre; 12:15 PM to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 3: "Business Model Design"

with Guest Entrepreneur-Coaches: Mark Bowles (ecoATM), Cheryl Goodman (SoGloMo), Rob Hanna (Social Wealth Partners), Dirk Sampselle (B Revolutio)

November 15, 2013

The Idea Lab series continues with this mini-workshop addressing essential questions to make your idea a reality. What type of innovation is it? Should your venture be for profit, non-profit, or hybrid? What type of legal entity should it be? How will you make it sustainable? Work with successful entrepreneurs to refine your idea and create a draft business model canvas for the Social Innovation Challenge or the V2 Competition.

KIPJ A/B/C; 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM


Idea Lab 2: "Defining Problems & Visualizing Solutions" - Informal Networking with Entrepreneurs

with Sughar Founder Khalida Brohl, ChloroFill CEO Mike Hurst, 4 Walls International Co-Founder Steven Wright, and Primo Wind Founder Ned McMahon

October 10, 2013

Accomplished social innovators from the business and non-profit sector will share their insight about how successful enterprises adapt to change. Learn where to go for feedback and how to ask the right questions for your venture to become successful.

KIPJ Rotunda & Theatre; 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM


Idea Lab 1: "Inspire"

with 1to1 Movement Executive Director, Jonathn Zaidman

October 1, 2013

The 2013 Idea Lab series kickoffs with “Inspire,” where Jonathan Zaidman will inspire you to begin your journey to uncovering your social innovation goal. 

University Centre, Forum B; 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM


Idea Lab 7: "Speed Coaching"

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)

March 19, 2013

Students used coaching feedback to prepare their full-written plans for round two, which were due on April 8, 2013. 

KIPJ A/D; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 6: "Pitch Coaching"

with Dr. Mike Lawless and San Diego Entrepreneurs

March 5, 2013

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.

KIPJ C/D; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 5: "Assessing Social & Environmental Impact"

with Rob Hanna, Chief Architect of Social Innovations at Social Wealth Partners

February 7, 2013

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.

KIPJ E/F; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM



2012 Series


Idea Lab 4: "Ideas Meet Reality"

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)

November 29, 2012

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!

KIPJ Theatre; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 3: "Business Model Design"

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

November 6, 2012

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?

KIPJ E/F; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


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

with Entrepreneurs Vivian Glick (nonprofit, children and women’s development, empowerment through education and health), Bryan O’Neill (for-profit, sustainable energy), Meghan Dambacher (nonprofit, green/environment), Adriana Herrera (for-profit, sustainable fashion)

October 2, 2012

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.   

KIPJ Theatre; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 1: "Inspire"

with Ashoka Fellow Paul Rice

September 18, 2012

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

Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall; 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


"Unleashing Creative and Entrepreneurial Instincts"

with Carl Nordgren

March 14, 2012

Professor at Duke University and Founder of the Creative Populist movement, Carl Nordgren talks about unleashing dormant creativity for a stronger entrepreneurial impact.

KIPJ A/B ; 12:30 to 1:45 PM


Idea Lab 5: One-on-One with Mark Bowles (Founder : ecoATM)

March 13, 2012

Founder/Director of ecoATM & Serial Entrepreneur, Mark Bowles guides every finalist team on writing efficient business proposals through an one-on-one interactive session.

KIPJ G, 12:15 to 2:30 PM


Semi-Finalists Presentations to Experts

March 2, 2012

Join us as our semi-finalists pitch their projects to a panel of entrepreneurs and leaders across various fields.

KIPJ A/B, 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM


Idea Lab 4: The Business Plan Pitching Workshop

February 21, 2012

Idea Lab 4 is dedicated to helping the Social Innovation Challenge applicants learn how to make a successful pitch with a strong business plan.  

This workshop will be led by Dr. Michael Lawless, professor of entrepreneurship at USD whose expertise is in Strategy, Innovation, and New Venture funding. He has been a visiting professor at UCLA, Dartmouth, Wake Forest University, and Warwick University, UK. Dr.Lawless has lectured at Oxford, IESE, and the University of Peking, among others. His MBA and PhD are from UCLA.

KIPJ A/B, 12:15 to 1:30 PM


Idea Lab 3: Social Entrepreneurs and Innovation

February 7, 2012

Idea Lab 3: is dedicated to increasing your knowledge on business and innovation models.  You will hear how to make profitability sustainable while at the same time embedding social, environmental causes at the core. Social entrepreneurs will come from the business, social enterprise and nonprofit sectors to aid you in further developing your idea for the Social Innovation Challenge. 

Panelists include:

Panel presentation will be followed by a discussion where you can elicit support for your ideas.

KIPJ C/D, 12:15 to 1:30 PM



2011 Series


Idea Lab 2: Ideas in Action

December 1, 2011

Social innovation Challenge 2011 winners will present their journey- starting from their winning the prize money in 2011, lessons learnt and milestones achieved.

KIPJ A/B, 12:15 to 2:00 PM


Idea Lab 1: "Inspire"

November 1, 2011

Entrepreneur Steve Wright of 4 Walls International shares his experiences of running a start-up. Students are encouraged to ask questions to shape their ideas for the SIC competition and get a strong understanding of opportunities and challenges of a new venture.

KIPJ C, 12:15 to 2:00 PM