In the Social Innovation Challenge, the Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) 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. In order to pioneer workable solutions to existing world problems both undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply their creativity, skills, and knowledge to business and peace building.
The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) is a catalyst for the call to action and responds to students’ interests. With CPC support, students are responsible for developing working proposals for building or refining social enterprises achieving the four Ps: People, Profit, Planet, and Peace. The experiential nature of the process stimulates the connection between creativity and the realities of implementation.
- Promote the creation and development of successful enterprises that solve problems or create opportunities
- Foster creative thinking through experiential learning activities
- Provide implementation opportunities
Selection Based On
Awards to student projects will be given to projects meeting the following criteria:
- Social impact
- Financial viability/sustainability
- Creativity/novelty of idea
- Potential efficacy/effectiveness of solution/business
Students will be asked to work with a mentor.. See the mentorship page for more information.