Global Social Innovation Challenge

Challenge Accepted? Upstate NY and the Global Social Innovation Challenge

One of the many assets we boast in Upstate New York are our many quality schools, colleges, and universities. Rachel Christensen is a colleague I encountered on my own educational journey back in high school. She now serves as the Assistant Director of the Center for Peace and Commerce at the University of San Diego alongside Director, Amitkumar Kakkad. The mission of the Center for Peace and Commerce is to enable students and faculty to build a more prosperous and peaceful world through innovative thinking and action, integrating business principles and effective management with positive peace building and poverty alleviation.

This year, the University of San Diego’s Center for Peace and Commerce is bringing together universities and colleges from around the world to participate in this year’s Global Social Innovation Challenge (Global SIC). The Global SIC is a social venture pitch competition (with seed-funding prize pool of over $50,000) that recognizes, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change. The Global SIC is open to degree granting colleges and universities worldwide that register by October 31, 2017.

I know many of us would love to see a strong representation from our local colleges and universities in this global challenge. I know Syracuse University is leading the way and has already accepted this challenge and is registered to participate! With the many talented social entrepreneurs at institutions like LeMoyne, Onondaga Community College, Colgate, Cazenovia, ESF, and more I hope our other local colleges and universities will follow suit and accept the challenge by October 31st.

For more information and the link to register, please visit http://www.sandiego.edu/cpc/gsic.

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