Women Innovators Initiative

The Why

The Center for Peace and Commerce recognizes that when women take the lead as social innovators and entrepreneurs they greatly contribute to the social transformation of their communities. As a means of encouraging students to explore the possibilities of using social entrepreneurship as a vehicle for positive social impact, the CPC launched the Women Innovators Initiative (WII) in 2015. The purpose of WII is to provide support and encourage the development of female students as social entrepreneurs, innovators, and founders.

The How

  • Meaningful field experiences and dialogue addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by women creating social change through innovative initiatives.  
  • Networking opportunities and alliance-building with women innovators and founders in the community.
  • Mentorship of female students by successful community professionals.
  • Seed funding opportunities for launching social ventures via the Women Innovator’s Track in the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge.

The Women

The Center for Peace and Commerce aims to foster mentorship and involvement of female innovators and entrepreneurs at every level of our programming. 

See the stats:

  • 42% of final judges are women
  • 58% of coaches, mentors, and judges
  • 50% of students
  • $20,000 in women innovators funds since 2015
  • $20,000+ to total women innovators