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The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) is a student social venture competition organized by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego. Through the SIC, university students in San Diego generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social or environmental issue of their choice, and compete for seed funding to launch or expand their ventures. Social ventures may be for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid models with a domestic or international focus.

Announcing the 2015 SIC Finalists!

View the 2015 SIC Finalist Projects

2016 San Diego Social Innovation Challenge Dates 

Round 1 Submissions Due - Monday, February 15, 2016, 11:59 pm via SIC online platform.

Semi-Finalists Announced - February 26, 2016 

Idea Lab 5: Advance Workshop (required for SIC Semi-Finalists) - Thursday, March 3, 2016, 12:15-2:30 pm, KIPJ rooms AB

Idea Lab 6: Speed Coaching (required for SIC Semi-Finalists) - Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 12:15-2:00 pm

Round 2 Submissions Due - Monday, March 28, 2016, 11:59 pm via SIC online platform

Finalists Announced - Friday, April 8, 2016

Idea Lab 7: Final Pitch Rehearsal (required for SIC Finalists) - Thursday, April 14, 2016, 12:15-2:30 pm

Round 3 Live Pitch to Judges - Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9 am - 5 pm (open to public from 10 am-4:15 pm)

Award Ceremony - Friday, April 29, 2016, 4 - 6:30 pm