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Idea Labs-SIC Track

Idea Labs prepare students to enter the $50,000 Social Innovation Challenge (SIC). The SIC 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 $158,000 in cash prizes to students since its inception in 2011.

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, as well as non USD students from the Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego City College, San Diego State University, and University of California San Diego.

Idea Labs Track 2014-2015

Idea Lab 1: Inspire
Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:30-2:00pm, KIPJ Theater
What inspires you? Ignite your sense of purpose and passion at the first Idea Lab of the 2014-2015 season by hearing Tiffany Persons, founder of Shine on Sierra Leone, share how she has strived to promote positive social change. Shine on Sierra Leone is an innovative non-profit organization that actively raises awareness for Sierra Leone’s incredible needs and creates sustainable programs to promote thriving self-sufficient communities and rich cultural experiences in both Sierra Leone and the United States. This Idea Lab is sponsored in partnership with the Changemaker Hub, Office of Community Service Learning, and the Kroc School of Peace Studies. 

USD Entrepreneurship Legacy Conference  (Hosted by V2)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
5:30-9:00pm, KIPJ
The USD Entrepreneurship Legacy Conference (ULEC) is our premier networking/coaching event for anyone who has ever thought about starting their own business. It is open to all students, from all majors. On this special night you will be able to network one on one with real-world, successful entrepreneurs, get practical insight on ways to start you own business, and get ready to compete for $25K at the annual V2 Pitch Competition and the $75K Social Innovation Challenge.

Idea Lab 2: From Inspiration to Action (In Partnership with V2)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
12:15-2:30pm, KIPJ ABC
Feeling inspired but not sure what to do next? Learn how to take a problem or an idea and turn it into a workable social venture. At this Idea Lab students will learn how to identify problems, local and global, and think creatively about what they can do to respond and identify solutions to those problems.

Idea Lab 3: Ideas Meet Reality
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Former Social Innovation Challenge winners return to share about the progress of their SIC projects and mentor current students. Learn now to tackle the challenges of implementation, and work with mentors to turn your idea into a viable SIC project.

Idea Lab 4: Business Model Creation
Thursday, February 5, 2015
12:15-2:30pm, KIPJ AB
A business model is a written plan that describes how your company or organization creates, delivers and captures value. Learn how to express your idea through a clear and viable social business model and start to prepare your written plan for the SIC and V2.

Idea Lab 5: Advance Workshop (required for SIC Semi-Finalists)
Thursday, March 5, 2015
12:15-2:30pm, KIPJ AB

Idea Lab 6: Speed Coaching (required for SIC Semi-Finalists)
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Idea Lab 7: Final Pitch Rehearsal (required for SIC Finalists)
Thursday, April 16, 2015

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