USD Chosen for The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

The University of San Diego’s Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge announced today that it has been selected to be part of The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge. The other participants are Big Ideas at Berkeley, Innovation in Action and MIT Ideas. 

As part of The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge, the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge has received funding and access to an exclusive set of student resources that leverage the experience of The Rockefeller Foundation and Acumen in building successful social enterprises.

Winning teams from the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge will be invited to join a social innovator network hosted by Acumen where they can connect with peer innovators and receive ongoing support.

The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge supports students at the University of San Diego and dozens of other participating university campuses as they build innovative solutions to poverty and some of the world’s most intractable social challenges.

Launched in 2011 as a joint program of USD School of Business and Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, the Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) inspires college students to tackle humanity's pressing problems through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Since then the SIC has been expanded to include local universities in San Diego and the Tijuana, Mexico region.

In 2018 the SIC was expanded again to include student teams from universities around the world and renamed the Global Social Innovation Challenge. In its inaugural year as a global challenge, student-led teams from 27 universities located in 12 countries across six continents competed in the GSIC. To date, winning teams have received over $400,000 in seed funding and invaluable in-kind support from incubators, accelerators, coaches, and mentors.

In the spring of 2019, USD also announced a $2.5 million dollar pledge from Ron and Alexis Fowler and a partnership with the University of St. Thomas, making the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge a joint venture that will increase the scope and scale of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem at their respective universities and participating universities around the world.

Find more information about the Challenge at www.sandiego.edu/global-innovation

 


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 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university'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's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan 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.

Contact:

Liz Harman
eharman@sandiego.edu
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