How to Enter the Social Innovation Challenge

All degree-seeking university/college students in San Diego county or Mexico*, graduate or undergraduate, are encouraged to participate in the 2017 Social Innovation Challenge. Students may enter the Social Innovation Challenge as individuals or as part of a team. In order to enter, students must create a profile and submit their project by answering the questions for Round 1 Judging by February 20, 2017.

*See Terms and Conditions for more details of eligibility

1.  Create an account

To participate, create a account for the Social Innovation Challenge. Then submit your project by answering questions for Round 1 judging by February 20, 2017.

Click this button for registration

2.  Develop your idea and connect at the Idea Labs

The Center for Peace and Commerce provides support to help you develop your project. Attend the Idea Labs to learn from real-world social entrepreneurs about how to create a successful social venture. Attendance at Idea Labs is not required to participate in the Social Innovation Challenge, but is an excellent opportunity to strengthen your project.

3.  Refine your project using SIC Resources

Access the SIC Resources page to use our project development and management tools, including the Social Business Model Canvas. Students can also connect with the Center for Peace and Commerce team for mentoring and coaching.

4.  Submit required components by the deadlines below to compete for funding

Round 1 — Submit by February 20, 2017: Students must respond to a series of questions to describe their project and its social impact. Projects will be judged on the clarity of the proposal in answering Round 1 questions.  View sample Round 1 Questions here! 
Please note: Social Innovations can be entered at any stage of development, whether the idea only exists conceptually in your head or you already have a social venture and you are ready to scale it up. Read our FAQ for more info. Log in here for Round 1!

Round 2 — Submit by April 4, 2017: Students must submit a completed project narrative, and a video featuring their innovation. Projects will be judged on how well they demonstrate a high probability of success.

Round 3 — Pitch on May 3, 2017: Finalists give a 6-minute pitch to of a panel of live judges who evaluate the project team and the quality of Round 1 & 2 materials. 

Award Ceremony- May 5, 2017: Finalist must give a 90 second fast pitch in front of a live audience. Award winners will and audience choice award will be announced.

More Information

Contact the Center for Peace and Commerce via email at or call (619) 260-4857.