Ideas into Action

The Changemaker Hub unites existing platforms for acting on our most pressing social problems at the local, national and global level. With this in mind, we offer a variety of opportunities to engage in social change.

Are you up for the Challenge?

See what challenge is best for you!

Changemaker Challenge

What makes your challenge unique?

  • The Changemaker Challenge is an initiative generating ideas for better addressing one social challenge.
  • The 2016 topic is Water: Tap Into Your Ideas
  • This Challenge is open to students, faculty and staff

What 3 dates are crucial for participants to remember?

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  • October 18: Water Film Series
  • November 10: Price of Thirst book -lecture
  • November 18: Submissions deadline

How does one enter your Challenge?

  • Register to enter at jcrivas@sandiego.edu
  • Enter individually or as a team
  • Submit a 2-3 minute video of the proposed idea

What awards/prizes does your Challenge offer?

  • Three awards of  up to $2000 for best ideas submitted

Social Innovation Challenge

What makes your challenge unique?

  • The SIC promotes, guides and supports student ideas to launch new social innovation ventures or projects.
  • Open to students (at least one team member must be a USD undergraduate or graduate student).
  • Open to ventures or projects at any stage of development (Define, Design, Pilot, Scale).
  • Challengers receive mentoring and guidance from successful real world social entrepreneurs.

What 3 dates are crucial for participants to remember?

  • February 20, 2017: USD SIC Applications
  • March 14, 2017: Final Written Plan and Video due
  • May 5, 2017: Awards Ceremony

How does one enter your Challenge?

  • 1. Create a profile at sandiegosocialinnovation.org

What awards/prizes does your Challenge offer?

    • $50,000 total cash awards

V2 (Venture Vetting) Challenge

What makes your challenge unique?

  • For USD students or teams with a USD student
  • “Pitch” competition (like SharkTank) not business plan competition
  • Angel investors only judge pitches; investment (not tournament) awards
  • All inclusive participation: coaching and mentoring for all, and poster session for non-finalists
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What 3 dates are crucial for participants to remember?

  • April 9 , 2017: pitch deck submission deadline
  • April 14, 2017: four finalists notified
  • April 23, 2017: V2 Competition

How does one enter your Challenge?

  • Submit a pitch deck– a PPT file of 10 slides maximum, annotated, describing your venture and funding goal

What awards/prizes does your Challenge offer?

  • $25,000 awarded by Angel investors among four finalists in same way they invest (not a tournament with assigned prize levels)
  • Non-finalists can present their ventures to the V2 audience in a poster session
Tell us what you are passionate about. #Changemaker