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29 Universities and a Record-Setting 15 Countries for the 2021 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

The 2021 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, bringing together participating universities worldwide, will be our largest yet, with 29 Universities convening in June 2021, representing 15 countries. Each university will send two student teams, each addressing a UN Sustainable Development Goal through their business venture, to the Global Finals in June to pitch to a panel of expert judges.

These universities are leaders in social innovation and have taken an important step towards helping their students reach their full potential through the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge. A few participating universities have re-joined the Challenge after a brief, including Trinity College Dublin of Ireland and Heritage Christian College of Ghana. Our new participants include the University of Oxford of the United Kingdom and Zagreb School of Economics & Management of Croatia. 

The Fowler Social Innovation Challenge's tremendous growth provides further evidence that what we started 10 years ago was the right thing to do. You may have noticed the winds in the business world are changing - returning profits to shareholders cannot be the only objective; this is the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge's DNA. While not every student is a winner, every student is a success story.

To better aid students in their entrepreneurial journey to the Global Finals, we made our new website even better, adding a refreshed student page and online competition handbook. While these at-your-pace tools are a part of their learning experience, nothing can replace the role of a mentor. We're looking for entrepreneurs, social innovators, marketing gurus to lend us your time and talent and help Toreros take their ventures to the next level. If you'd like to join us, please reach out at


Juliet Zimmer
(619) 260-2712

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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