Ideas into Action

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The Changemaker Hub unites existing platforms for acting on our most pressing social problems at the local, national and global level. With this in mind, we offer a variety of opportunities to engage in social change.

Are you up for the Challenge?

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What makes your challenge unique?

  • The changemaker Challenge is an initiative generating ideas for better addressing one social challenge
  • The 2020 Changemaker Challenge theme is Addressing Homelessness 
  • This Challenge is open to students, faculty, and staff

What dates are crucial for participants to remember?

    • Submission deadline  
    • Finalists announced  
    • Public voting via social media 
    • Winners announced at awards luncheon (or virtual celebration)

How does one enter your challenge?

  • The platform to enter can be accessed through your My San Diego account (opens September 15)
  • Enter individually or as a team
  • Submit a 2-3 minute video of the proposed idea

What awards/prizes does your challenge offer?

  • The top video entries will compete for $5,000 in awards. People are invited to vote online for their favorite idea, and the number of votes each idea receives will determine its share of the pool
  • Visit our Changemaker Challenge Website for detailed information

 Download all the programming for the semester (available August 1st, 2020)




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What makes your challenge unique?

  • The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (The Fowler GSIC) promotes, guides and supports student ideas to launch new social innovation ventures or projects.
  • Open to students from partner institutions all over the world.
  • Open to ventures or projects at any stage of development (Define, Design, Pilot, Scale).
  • Challengers receive mentoring and guidance from successful real-world social entrepreneurs.

What dates are crucial for the Fowler GSIC participants to remember?

  • February 24th, 2021- FGSIC: Round 1 
    • Submissions "The Problem" Due
  • April 22nd, 2021- FGSIC: Round 2 
    • Submissions "The Solution" Due
  • April 23rd, 2021- USD Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge
    • USD 10 Minute Pitches (Invite Only) 
  • April 28th, 2021- USD Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge
    • USD Showcase (Event - Virtual or In-person TBD)
  • June 11th, 2021- Day 1 Global Finals 
    • Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (Event - Virtual or In-person TBD) 
  • June 12th, 2021- Day 2 Global Finals
    • Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge & Final Showcase (Event - Virtual or In-person TBD)

 How does one enter your challenge? 

 What awards/prizes does your challenge offer?

  • Teams can win up to $50,000 in seed funding and other resources for their ventures.


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What is the V2 Pitch Competition?

V2 is the largest campus-wide pitch competition at USD. Students have an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a group of actual angel investors for an opportunity to receive up to $30,000 in funding.

We offer mentorship and workshops all year to help entrepreneurs get ready to take their venture idea and make it into a reality. 

Who runs the V2 Pitch Competition?

The V2 Pitch Competition is housed under the USD School of Business and is campus-wide. We work closely with the Engineering School, Law, Peace and Justice, SOLES, the music department, and the Center for Peace and Commerce. We believe that an entrepreneurial mindset comes from all majors and minors. We also work closely with the San Diego startup community and have relationships with many mentors, coaches, and investors. 

How do I enter?

Enter with an annotated 10 slides 7-minute Powerpoint or Prezi file Pitch Deck describing your venture and funding goals. Annotations should include speaking notes. Submit to: by the deadline April 4th.

What Needs to be Included in my Pitch Deck?

Use this guide: The Lawless Venture Model
And review How to Build a Pitch Deck
You can also reach out to our team for additional support, mentorship, and guidance:

How much money is awarded?

$30,000 in cash and additional in prize support. V2 Hot Prospect Awards to 10 ventures that are outstanding and are not one of the final 3 will receive recognition and acknowledgment at the V2 Pitch Competition.

How does the competition work?

Three finalists are selected from all entrants by a selected group of angel investors. The competition is like an actual pitch and there is no 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize. Instead, the investors decide how to distribute the funds.  One company could be awarded the entire fund or it could be distributed between the three. We have seen something different each year making it very exciting. It’s exactly like “real-world” funding opportunities.

What happens at V2 pitch night?

  • A panel of three Actual Angel Investors evaluates the pitches on V2 night.
  • There are 2-Stages: Each finalist has a seven-minute pitch with all three investors and a 10-minute one-on-one meeting with each investor.
  • The investors decide how much of the $30K to award to one or all of the finalists.

Who can compete?

        USD track

  • Open to all USD students or teams of at least one USD student.
  • The student in the venture must play a significant role (not an intern or employee but rather a deciding voice in the venture).

        Latin America track

  • Mexico-University partners and teams of at least one student
  • Uruguay- Partnership with ORT University


Important Dates to Remember

2020-2021 Dates to be announced by August 17, 2020