Newswise — The University of San Diego (USD) is leading student-driven social innovation expansion in the San Diego region. USD’s Center for Peace and Commerce, a collaboration of the School of Business Administration and the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, will award $67,500 to local student social entrepreneurs, thanks to a generous contribution from the Moxie Foundation to expand the Social Innovation Challenge (SIC) to other San Diego Universities.
The donation will allow students from the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; San Diego City College and Point Loma Nazarene University to compete for “Moxie Prizes” of up to $17,500 in 2014, in addition to the $50,000 that will be awarded to USD students. "By opening up the USD Social Innovation Challenge to more students across San Diego, we can advance the Moxie Foundation's vision of engaging the brightest, most creative people in our region to address the most pressing needs of our community and planet" said Peter Zahn, President of the Moxie Foundation. In the USD Social Innovation Challenge, students create transformative ideas to solve social, economic, environmental and other problems in the U.S. and around the world. Since its inception in 2010, the USD Social Innovation Challenge has awarded $84,500.Nadia Auch, the Center for Peace and Commerce’s Assistant Director and Stephen J. Conroy, PhD, Professor of Economics and Faculty Director for the Center for Peace and Commerce, will continue to administer the SIC and are available to comment on how this expansion will benefit the San Diego community of young entrepreneurs.
To learn more about the Social Innovation Challenge, go to www.sandiego.edu/cpc/sic or www.sandiegosocialinnovation.org. Students must apply by March 3, 2014 and awards will be announced at a public ceremony at the University of San Diego on May 2, 2014.