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 have created the Meeting Challenges Portfolio to provide and support diverse possibilities for engaging in social change. The premise of the Meeting Challenges Portfolio is that we all want to build a better world, recognizing that we have different interests and talents.

Are you up for the Challenge?

See what challenge is best for you!

What makes your challenge unique?

  • The Changemaker Challenge is an initiative generating ideas for better addressing one social challenge.
  • The 2014-2015 topic is Food for Life
  • This Challenge is open to students, faculty and staff

What 3 dates are crucial for participants to remember?

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  • February-April, 2015: Workshops and idea sessions
  • April 8: Submissions deadline
  • April 21: Awards Ceremony

How does one enter your Challenge?

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

What awards/prizes does your Challenge offer?

  • Three awards of $2000 for best ideas submitted

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.
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What 3 dates are crucial for participants to remember?

  • February 16, 2015: USD SIC Applications on platform due
  • March 30, 2015: Final Written Plan and Video due
  • May 1, 2014: Awards Ceremony

How does one enter your Challenge?

  • 1. Create a profile at sandiego.dellchallenge.org
  • 2. Create or join a team
  • 3. Complete your project page by February 18

What awards/prizes does your Challenge offer?

    • $40,000 total cash awards

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 , 2015: pitch deck submission deadline
  • April 14, 2015: four finalists notified
  • April 23, 2015: 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