Social Innovation Challenge Project Resources

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You can find resources associated with specific Idea Labs here

As you begin to think about your idea, you will need to structure it from both a business and a social standpoint. Below are some general resources to help guide you in planning your idea.

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This page of Social Entrepreneurship Resources from the Harvard Innovation Lab features design help, business model planning support, and links to some of the world's thought leaders in social innovation. 

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The Human-Centered Design Toolkit from gives you a set of tools to design an innovative and effective solution to the social problem you're trying to address.  

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The Social Business Model Canvas, is a strategic management and entrepreneurial tool. It allows you to describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot your social business model. This canvas will form the foundation of the information you submit in a Round 2 written plan. 

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Download the Business Planning for Enduring Social Impact as a resource for helping build your proposal. Another source:

Harvard Business School This powerpoint from Harvard Business School professor Allen Grossman breaks down the important aspects of Developing a Social Enterprise Business Plan
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REDF's Social Enterprise How-To Resources are a little bit technical, but they collect valuable best practices knowledge for the "nitty-gritty" aspects of your project. 

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To find a social innovation solution, you first need to understand the problem. Check out UC Berkeley's approach to Solving Complex Social Problems

Global Entrepreneurship Library Logo The Global Entrepreneurship Library houses hundreds of valuable resources for any stage of your venture development. 
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Consider your business model, are you a pure business, pure nonprofit or a hybrid? Read Jim Fruchterman's short article, "For Love or Lucre."

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Four Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs, links to an article discussing how to how women entrepreneurs have successfully created start-ups by doing what they love to do.

Faces For additional guidance, make an appointment to meet with the Center for Peace and Commerce's Grace Michel: or 619-260-4857, or tweet at us @usdcpc

Contact Information

Center for Peace and Commerce
Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice 121
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4857
Fax: (619) 260-4891