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Albers School of Business and Economics

Global Social Innovation Challenge

Through the Global Social Innovation Challenge, university students in participating universities from around the globe generate ideas for innovative ventures that respond to a social, economic, environmental, or justice issue of their choice, and compete for seed funding at an annual global event to launch or expand their ventures!

What is the Global Social Innovation Challenge?

The Global SIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources, and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change.

Participants are asked to develop a nuanced understanding of a social or environmental issue of their choice (by analyzing the problem and the solution landscapes) and identify gaps in the existing approaches. Then, they are asked to identify a potential solution that can address the gap/s, has measurable positive impact, and can be financially sustainable & scalable. Finally, students create a compelling value proposition, build a viable business plan, and pitch the venture to a panel of judges for seed funding and other resources!

Seattle University Student Participants

The Albers School of Business and Economics has entered Seattle Univeristy in the 2018 Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC). All Seattle Univeristy Students are encouraged to participate.


12/5/17: Due to an unforeseen issue, the GSIC will be migrating to new online platform over the next few weeks. 

The current Ideator platform will remain functional through the end of January at the least. Students interested in competing who have not registered on Ideator should fill out this super quick form to be emailed the updated platform link when it is live.

If you have already registered on Ideator, please pause any improvements on your IDEATOR profile and submission until you hear from us. In the meantime, please continue to form your team of up to 4 members, start or continue to work on your Round 1 Submission offline, and reach out to us with any questions.

To get ready for Round 1 (now due February 15, 2018 - Thursday), we recommend that you check out Round 1 requirements, examples and resources.

Updated Deadlines

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 DECEMBER 14, 2017

  • Register team on the online platform

FEBRUARY 15, 2018 JANUARY 16, 2018

  • Round 1 (The Problem) Submission Due

APRIL 10, 2018

  • Round 2 (The Solution) Submission Due

JUNE 23 & 24, 2018

  • Round 3 (The Pitch) - Global Finale in San Diego (2 Teams)

Information and Resources