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Social Innovation Challenge:
Dare Yourself to Make a Lasting Impact

Are you passionate about a cause? Would like the chance to launch a for-profit or nonprofit to support that cause? The USD center for Peace and Commerce, in partnership with the Changemaker Hub, is sponsoring the Social Innovation Challenge, a rare opportunity for USD undergraduate and graduate students to do something you love by creating a social business venture, non-profit or hybrid social enterprise. There is $30,000 in seed funding and all you need to do is apply.

The competition “invites students to take all the ideas and energy they have and implement a project they think can change the world,” explained Patricia Marquez, the center’s director. Ideas are designed to tackle social and environmental issues through efforts such as entrepreneurship, education or conflict resolution. Students are asked to develop proposals to achieve “the four P’s — people, profit, planet and peace.”

Students in the competition also work with mentors to create collaborative relationships with San Diego’s professional community. Mentors guide students in the learning process and offer support on how to conceptualize, articulate and present their proposals. The Center’s executive advisory committee, also made up of entrepreneurs and CEOs from both the for-profit and nonprofit communities, provides guidance and support for the competition.

The challenge consists of a 2-phase application process and students must apply for Phase 1 before being selected to apply for Phase 2. Phase 1 applications are due on Friday, February 17 and can be found here online.

Find more information click here or contact Nadia Auch at nauch@sandiego.edu.

"There is $30,000 in seed funding and all you need to do is apply." Nadia Auch

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2011 Social Innovation Challenge Winner: Tiffany Owen