Social Innovation Challenge Delivers the Good

Celebrating its sixth year, the 2016 SIC awards ceremony on April 29 rewarded multiple projects on the rise, expanded its reach, and shared updates on SIC winners dating back to its 2011 debut.

Ryan T. Blystone
Innovation Week Celebrates Student Entrepreneurship
USD Competitions to Reward Changemaking, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

On April 22, April 28 and April 29, USD students who've made it to the finalist stage in the Changemaker Challenge, the Venture Vetting (V2) Pitch Competition and the Social Innovation Challenge, respectively, will be rewarded with financial and/or in-kind support for their ideas, passion and determination to make a difference.

Amy Schmitz
New Tracks for Mobile Technology & Women Innovators

San Diego County undergraduate and graduate college students have until Feb. 15 to enter the competition offering more than $50,000 in seed funding and support to launch ventures solving social, economic, and environmental issues.

Liz Harman
Social Innovation, Human Dignity Impact

Open to all university students in San Diego generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social, economic, environmental, or justice issue of their choice, and compete for seed funding to launch or expand their ventures.

That’s the straightforward explanation and it’s a worthy description for an impressive event. But during a Nov. 19 Idea Lab Series event and hearing nine 2015 SIC finalists who received funding six months ago give progress reports, it’s easy to see that investing time and effort into this social entrepreneurship meets innovation endeavor results in something much deeper.

Lessons are learned, passion intensifies, and the potential impact that students can create with their idea to make positive change in the world is transformative.

Ryan T. Blystone
Become a Changemaker

For the past few years, a large number of students, faculty and staff at the University of San Diego have been fervently working on a single goal: creating the ultimate culture of innovation. Today, that culture is visible everywhere. From courses in virtually every academic division including a Theology course titled Christian Changemakers, and three annual competitions that encourage students to earn money for business ideas, fund socially conscious ventures or pitch campus improvement projects, there’s no shortage of innovation present on campus.

Taylor Milam
DNA of an Innovator: Creativity, Vision and Practicality

A 2015 USD alumnus with a dual (BS/BA) degree in Mechanical Engineering, Cohn is an innovator by nature. He cleaned up at the 2015 Social Innovation Challenge with his team’s H2g0 design for a mobile water purification system, earning the top amount of $18,000. 

Kim Heinle
Knowledgeable Night of Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship is a mindset. It’s about the big idea. It’s about the networking, the investment funding, the late nights of frustration and concentration. It’s about building a strategy for everything. It’s about tinkering and more tinkering with that strategy. And this all happens before your idea is launched, which is another series of challenges.

Ryan T. Blystone
Creating a World in Which Everyone is a SmartyPants

Do you believe one pair of pants can change the world? Recent University of San Diego School of Business Administration alumna Brittany Becker BA ’15 does.

Amy Schmitz
Business Student Sees Better Lives with Simple Seats

University of San Diego School of Business Administration student Alix Naugler ’17 puts her heart and soul into academics and service.

Claire DeMarco
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