Every day is an opportunity to make change. Every day, more and more people are becoming empowered social entrepreneurs by creating an avenue to make that change possible.
The University of San Diego’s Center for Peace and Commerce, a joint partnership between the School of Business Administration and Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, will award, reward and spotlight several changemakers at an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, April 27, in IPJ’s Garden of the Sea.
One of the top announcements is the disclosure of the winning recipients of the $30,000 CPC Social Innovation Challenge and to learn more about the enterprising ideas submitted by USD students earlier this spring. Here is a closer look at the 12 finalists.
But Friday’s event also features the announcement of the inaugural winner of the Entrepreneur for Social Change in Southern California Award. To determine a winner, the CPC made it an online contest on its Facebook page (voting ended on Thursday, April 26).
The 10 nominees, including one two-man team, were:
- Robert Coleman, secondchanceprogram.org
- Vivian Glyck, justlikemychild.com
- Jeffrey Church, nikawater.org
- Kurt Narmore, handmeups.org
- Nathaniel Dunigan, aidchild.org
- Christopher Yanov, realitychangers.org
- Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman, puravidabracelets.com
- Lori Steele, everyonecounts.com
- Robert Schultz, findingrefuge.com
- Rod Rodriguez, thearchiveproject.org
USD Changemaker Hub co-chair and Business Professor Patricia Marquez assigned students in her undergraduate business course, Global Entrepreneurship for Social Change, into teams to create a video story to spotlight the 10 social entrepreneur nominees and their entrepreneurial venture.
To enter the contest, voters must “like” the Center for Peace and Commerce to access the USD student-produced video stories and vote. The video with the most Facebook “likes” wins the Entrepreneur for Social Change honor.
To RSVP for Friday’s CPC Reception and Awards Ceremony, click here.
— Ryan T. Blystone