Social Innovation Challenge


From Inspiration to Action

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) is a student social venture competition organized by the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego. Through the SIC, university students in San Diego generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social or environmental issue of their choice, and compete for seed funding to launch or expand their ventures. Social ventures may be for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid models with a domestic or international focus. The SIC has awarded $158,000 in cash prizes to students since its inception in 2011. The 5th Annual 2015 Social Innovation Challenge will award $75,000 of seed funding to student social ventures.

The Center for Peace and Commerce, in partnership with the Changemaker Hub, invites all student social innovators at the undergraduate and graduate levels at University of San Diego to propose ideas for achieving the 4 Ps—People, Planet, Profit, and Peace.

Entries for Round 1 of the 5th Annual 2015 Social Innovation Challenge are due February 16, 2015. Visit  to register and for more information contact Grace Michel at