USD Launches City-Wide Expansion of the $67,500 Social Innovation Challenge

The University of San Diego (USD) is leading student-driven social innovation expansion in the San Diego region. USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce, a collaboration of the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, will award $67,500 to local student social entrepreneurs, thanks to a generous contribution from the Moxie Foundation to expand the Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) to other San Diego Universities.

The donation will allow students from the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; San Diego City College and Point Loma Nazarene University to compete for “Moxie Prizes” of up to $17,500 in 2014, in addition to the $50,000 that will be awarded to USD students.

"By opening up the USD Social Innovation Challenge to more students across San Diego, we can advance the Moxie Foundation's vision of engaging the brightest, most creative people in our region to address the most pressing needs of our community and planet" said Peter Zahn, President of the Moxie Foundation.

In the USD Social Innovation Challenge, students create transformative ideas to solve social, economic, environmental and other problems in the U.S. and around the world. Since its inception in 2010, the USD Social Innovation Challenge has awarded $84,500.
Nadia Auch, the Center for Peace and Commerce’s Assistant Director and Stephen J. Conroy, PhD, Professor of Economics and Faculty Director for the Center for Peace and Commerce, will continue to administer the SIC and are available to comment on how this expansion will benefit the San Diego community of young entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the Social Innovation Challenge, go to or Students must apply by March 3, 2014 and awards will be announced at a public ceremony at the University of San Diego on May 2, 2014.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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