Social Innovation Challenge


From Inspiration to Action

The Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) promotes, guides, and supports student-driven ideas to launch or to contribute to existing social enterprises by for-profit, hybrid and nonprofit organizations, locally and abroad.  The SIC has awarded $42,000 in cash prizes to students since its inception in 2010.

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, Peace and Profit.

Past first-prize winners include Tiffany Owen, whose project “Clean California Clean Haiti” aimed to reduce water-borne diseases like cholera in Haiti, as well as Teresa Smith, CEO of Dreams for Change, who developed “The Fresh” mobile food truck to serve San Diego’s homeless population with food prepared with fresh, healthy ingredients.

Application deadline for the 2013 Social Innovation Challenge is February 18, 2012. Find out more at or contact Nadia Auch at