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 $158,000 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 awarded $50,000 to USD students, and also expanded 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 $17,500 and Outerwall Prize of $5,000 were awarded to students in the San Diego Track. In 2015 the Social Innovation Challenge will award $75,000 to fund student social ventures.
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:
2015 Social Innovation Challenge
Round 1 Application: Monday, February 16, 2015
Round 2 Written Plan and Video: Monday, March 30, 2015
Final Pitch Judging: Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Awards Ceremony: May 1, 2015