USD Competitions to Reward Changemaking, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

USD Competitions to Reward Changemaking, Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Fourth Annual Changemaker Challenge (April 22)

Entry premise: Students, staff and faculty submit a two-minute video showcasing their idea to tackle water conservation and consumption issues for the theme, “Water: Tap into Your Ideas.”

Awards/Prizes: Six best proposal selected by a panel of judges compete for $6,000 pool of prize money by way of video votes found on the USD Changemaker Hub Facebook page. The deadline to vote is 8:30 a.m., April 22. An additional $3,000 more is available in awards for on and off-campus ideas and a Judges’ Award. 

Awards ceremony: Winners to be announced April 22 at a private luncheon.

More Information: http://sites.sandiego.edu/changemaker/challenge/

Fifth Annual V2 Pitch Competition (April 28)

Entry Premise: Entrants submit a 10-slide, seven-minute Pitch Deck describing the venture and their funding goal. Four USD and four Bi-National finalists give an oral presentation to angel investors and a live audience on awards night.

Awards/Prizes: A total of $100,000 in prize money and in-kind service support is awarded among two tracks, a USD track and a bi-national track.

Awards ceremony: Thursday, April 28, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 5-9:30 p.m. Register now for this free event. The night begins with non-finalist student entrepreneurs showcasing their ideas in the IPJ Garden of the Sky area. The program has a keynote speaker, alumnus Tim Suski, pitches by eight finalists, a rotating 1-on-1 between angel investors and finalists session and then the winners’ announcement.

More Information: Read the USD School of Business story on 2016 V2 finalists 

Sixth Annual Social Innovation Challenge (April 29)

Entry Premise: Entrants in the Center for Peace and Commerce event vie in USD student and San Diego tracks. Each submits a proposed idea and describes its social impact and follows up with a completed project narrative and video. Finalists are chosen in April and present to a panel of judges a few days prior to the awards ceremony.

Awards/Prizes: A total of $50,000 in prize money is available in 2016. The USD student track competes for $25,000 in general prizes, plus a $10,000 Women Innovators Prize and a $5,000 Mobile Technology Prize. San Diego Track finalists vie for $10,000 Moxie Foundation Prize and $5,000 Mobile Technology Prizes.

Awards ceremony: Friday, April 29, Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 4-6:30 p.m. Register now for this free event.

Amy Schmitz
04.20.16