2019 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge 2019 Final

Over 40 finalist student teams from 26 participating universities in South Korea, Australia, Ghana, Canada, Ireland, Mexico, Colombia, Rwanda, Peru, Portugal, and the United States of America pitched their social innovations from June 14-15th, 2019 in San Diego, California. Below is a list of the ventures which earned seed funding in the 2019 Global Social Innovation Challenge.

The 2019 Fowler GSIC Finals

Catch all the action with this full video of the 2019 Fowler GSIC Finals, including the shortlisted teams' 90-second pitches.

Hoola One (Université de Sherbrooke)- $22,000

An effective solution to remove microplastics from beaches.

  • Changemaker Award: $22,000
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Truely (San Diego State University)- $15,000

The new breed of pure and plant-made bioplastic on a mission to supplant traditional petrochemical plastic consumer products.

  • Changemaker Award Runner-Up: $15,000

Sensibin (Trinity College Dublin)- $5,000

Stopping you from putting waste in the wrong bin. Recycling...made easy!

  • Wireless Impact Award: $5,000

SOULMUCH (San Diego State University)- $5,000

Reducing restaurant food waste by upcycling excess grain into nutritious vegan protein cookies.

  • Women Innovators Award: $3,000
  • Audience Choice Award: $2,000
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Ecorail (New School of Architecture and Design)- $3,000

A product which will potentially lower highway fatalities through an ecological approach.

  • Tire Track New Product Award: $3,000
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Quakesafe (University of San Diego)- $3,000

Quakesafe aims to reduce earthquake impact on Haitian housing.

  • Tire Track New Product Award: $3,000

MobieDock (Loyola Marymount University)- $2,000

Becoming the bridge between shared micro-mobility companies and college campuses / cities by organizing and sustainably charging shared devices.

  • Women Innovators Runner-Up: $2,000
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Plastic Solutions (Ferris State University)- $1,000

Reducing rubber pollution through incorporating recycled tires into products.

  • Tire Track Moonshot Prize: $1,000
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re:fresh smoothies (University of San Diego)- $1,000

Turning imperfect, surplus and rescued produce into delicious and nutritious instant smoothie mixes.

  • Audience Choice Runner-Up: $1,000

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Ron and Alexis Fowler
Capetta Family
Peacemakers Fund
Price Family Foundation
Moxie Foundation

Global Finals Judges

  • Richard Filley (Arizona State University)
  • Jennifer Gilmore (Kitchens for Good)
  • David Lynn (Mission Driven Finance)
  • Ava Mason (Treobytes)
  • Juan Carlos Hernandez (Cal Southern FDC)
  • Karen Jordan (San Diego Blood Bank)
  • Marlene Imirzian (Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects)
  • Phil Blair (Manpower San Diego)
  • Ken Davenport (Mission Edge)
  • Hiram Lopez (Qualcomm)
  • Susie Armstrong (Qualcomm)
  • Gerardo de la Concha (Medtronic)
  • Heather Burke (Mission Driven Finance)
  • Jenny Brooks (Booz Allen Hamilton)
  • Alex Waters (Connect ALL)
  • Jonathan Hanwit (thinkPARALLAX)
  • Linda Burrett (Conscious Capitalism)
  • Liz Gasser (High Camp Ventures)