This is a student-based, academic challenge open to university/college students in San Diego County and Mexico. In order to be eligible to apply for the University of San Diego Social Innovation Challenge, you must be a degree-seeking university/college student enrolled in at least 12 credits per semester (or quarter equivalent) as an undergraduate or 6 credits per semester (or quarter equivalent) as a graduate student during at least one of the semesters or quarters of the 2016-2017 academic school year. San Diego- based students must be enrolled in a university that is physically based in San Diego County and attend that branch/extension located within the county for those attending colleges/ universities headquartered outside of San Diego with branches in the county. Mexico- based student must be full time enrolled in a college/university in any state in Mexico. Students must comply with the Social Innovation Challenge deadlines to be eligible to enter the competition. Late entries will not be eligible.
In the case of proposals for nonprofit or for-profit businesses, you must be a C-level officer or director of the organization (e.g., Executive Director, CEO, COO) and, in the case of a for-profit organization, a majority owner, or part of a team of eligible students who are a combined majority owner.
If you are invited to Round 2 to submit your full written plan, you will be required to verify your above eligibility (including enrollment status). We will not allow changes to project teams after the completion of the of the April 4, 2017 (subject to change) full written plan deadline.
Students must apply by creating and submitting their project idea by February 20, 2017 (subject to change). If students are selected to advance in the competition, they must upload a video and submit a full written plan by April 4, 2017 (subject to change). Awards will be announced at a ceremony on May 5, 2017.
Right to Disqualify
The University of San Diego reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry it determines to be ineligible or that does not comply with these terms and conditions. A project entry that is not viewable online for any reason or that is not received by the University by the applicable deadlines will not be considered.
The 2017 Social Innovation Challenge currently expects to award $40,000 to support student projects to eligible university students. The prizes, including the number and amount of each award, are determined by our judges.
- USD-based teams are eligible for up to $35k in cash prizes + in-kind prizes (General-USD, Local, Women, Wireless)
- Non-USD (US) teams are eligible for up to $20k in cash prizes + in-kind prizes (General-external, Local, Wireless)
- Mexico-based teams are eligible for up to $15K in cash prizes + in-kind prizes (Mexico, Local, Wireless)
Prizes may be awarded directly to the student who submitted the application, to a business organization created as a result of the student project, or to a business organization led by a current eligible student who applies for the Social Innovation Challenge (provided that the student is an officer or director of the organization and, in the case of a for-profit organization, is a majority owner, or is part of a team of eligible students who are a combined majority owner). Award money must be taken within two months of winning the award.
Prizes must be spent in direct support of the project and adhere as closely as possible to final written plan. Students must submit monthly reports to the University of San Diego’s Center for Peace and Commerce (“CPC”) for six months following the receipt of award. Students must also give a public “status update” presentation for the CPC, approximately six months after receiving the award, unless otherwise mutually agreed upon.
The authors of each submitted plan will retain ownership of their entries. However, by entering the Social Innovation Challenge, you grant the University of San Diego and its respective employees, agents, and assigns a perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and unconditional license to edit, modify, reproduce, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, adapt and/or use or reuse your submitted plan, any materials submitted or prepared for use in the Social Innovation Challenge, your name, image, voice, likeness, statements, background and biographical information in any and all media (including but not limited to print, electronic, video, digital, radio, television, internet, etc.) for publicity, promotion, advertising, fundraising, administrative, academic or educational purposes. To the extent any monies are earned as a result of the license granted, the monies shall be used to defray the costs of future USD Social Innovation Challenge competitions or otherwise to support social innovation issues by or through the University of San Diego.
By entering the USD Social Innovation Challenge, you acknowledge and agree that you own all of the content included in your submitted plan or otherwise have obtained any required permissions to use such content, and that your submitted plan does not include any content (e.g. trademarks, company names, photos, music, works of art, or images) that infringes or violates the rights of any third party.
Entrants should not have an expectation of confidentiality with respect to any data or information submitted, discussed, or presented in connection with the USD Social Innovation Challenge. Due to the nature of the competition, judges, reviewers, staff, the audience or others will not be asked or required to agree to a non-disclosure agreement in connection with any plan submitted in connection with the USD Social Innovation Challenge.
You authorize the University of San Diego and those acting pursuant to its authority to record, broadcast and distribute via any means (e.g. print, radio, television, internet, photograph, video, audio, digital, or otherwise) your plan and your participation in the USD Social Innovation challenge, and to use your name, photograph or likeness, as well as your testimonials, quotes, comments, or biography for publicity, promotion, advertising, fundraising, administrative, academic or educational purposes. Any such recordings or broadcasts shall be the property of the University of San Diego.
You release the University, sponsors, and those acting pursuant to their authority from liability from any and all claims arising out of or relating in any way to your participation the USD Social Innovation Challenge.