Global Social Innovation Challenge

Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us to make this world a better place and participate in the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC).

“Participating in the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC) helped me take an idea and turn it into a fully developed business. The support, ideas, and mentorship of the GSIC really helped us turn our idea into something tangible.”– 2017 student participant

"This was a fantastic experience for our students. They gained incredible knowledge through the various stages of the competition, worked together in groups, and developed fantastic concepts extremely pertinent to sustainable development." -2018 faculty participant

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The GSIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change.


  • Develop a nuanced understanding of a social or environmental issue, and identify gaps in the approaches currently deployed to solve this issue.
  • Create a viable business plan based on a new potential solution that can address these gaps.
  • Pitch their venture to a panel of judges for up to $50,000 in funding and other resources.
  • Gain invaluable entrepreneurial experience, mentoring, and network connections to propel their changemaking journey to the next level.

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