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SIC 2014

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) promotes, guides, and supports student-driven ideas to launch or to contribute to existing social enterprises by for-profit, hybrid and nonprofit organizations, locally and abroad.  The SIC has awarded $85,500 in cash prizes to students since its inception in 2011.

All University of San Diego students at the graduate and undergraduate levels are eligible to apply. The 2014 Social Innovation Challenge will award $50,000 to USD students, and is also expanding to include an external "San Diego Track" open to students from San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the San Diego City College. The Moxie Prizes of up to $20,000 will be awarded to students in the San Diego Track.

We encourage interested students to participate in our Idea Labs series to learn more about how to take an idea to action.

Do you want to positively change the world, but don't know where to start? In this funny and impassioned TED talk, Ernesto Sirolli proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit.

Watch our promotional video for the 2013 Social Innovation Challenge:

2014 Dates

Round 1 Application: March 10, 2014
--Semi-Finalists announced on March 21, 2014

Round 2 Written Plan and Video: April 7, 2014
--Finalists announced on April 17, 2014

Final Pitch Judging: April 29, 2014

Awards Ceremony: May 2, 2014


2014 SIC Awards Ceremony

Save-the-date 2014 USD's Social Innovation Challenge

You can register here.

2013 Awardees

Learn about our five awardees who won a total of $42,500 including the Verizon Green Award and the Qualcomm Labs Live Audience Choice Vote by visiting 2013 Awards or our platform:

2013 SIC Awards Ceremony
Qualcomm Labs Live Audience Choice Vote