Center for Peace and Commerce

Imagining New Intersections Between Business and Peace

The Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC) is a partnership between the School of Business and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies to prepare new generations of changemakers. The CPC encourages students to develop and exercise innovative approaches to positively impact the 5 Ps – people, planet, profit, peace, and partnership. The CPC contributes to a new paradigm for business and peacebuilding through teaching, mentoring, and social enterprise development.  

Our flagship program is the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, where students pitch social innovations that address a UN Sustainable Development goal. Here are the dates to keep in mind for this year: 

The Round 1 deadline is on Thursday, February 24, 2022. Get inspiration from past participants, and check out these resources to propose your solution!  

The Round 2 deadline is Thursday, April 28, 2022. Live pitches with judges are the following day on Friday, April 29, 2022.  

Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

Through the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge, university students in participating universities generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social, economic, environmental, or justice issue of their choice and compete for seed funding at an annual global event to launch or expand their ventures!

The first round deadline for USD students is Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 11:59 PM. What's due? An infographic and a one-page summary. Check back closer to the due date for a link to submit your materials. 


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Idea Labs Idea Labs are workshops, speakers, and educational events to catalyze student social innovation and entrepreneurship-- in and out of the classroom.
Newsroom News Room The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge has been featured on various local, national and international media outlets. Check out the global movement of student innovators making change.
Resources for Social Entrepreneurs Check out resources for how to deeply engage with a social or environmental challenge and develop social innovations to shift the status quo response to our many societal issues.
Internships Graduate and undergraduate students can intern with the Center for Peace and Commerce to gain professional experience in the field of innovation for social impact.

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