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Apply for the 2021 UC San Diego Global Social Innovation Challenge

Do you have a vision that will change the world?
Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us to make this world a better place and participate in the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC).
The GSIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change. Apply for the chance to pitch your venture to a panel of judges for up to $50,000 in funding and other resources.

Apply Here by MAY 5th!- https://www.f6s.com/ucsandiego-globalsocial2021/apply

Competition Timeline:
• April 1st- Applications open
• April 14th AND April 22nd @ 12:00pm– Info Session (RSVP to attend)
• April 30th– Applications Close
• May 6th– Pitching 101 workshop with Professor Kim Davis King **open to all students (Virtual) RSVP to attend the virtual session: https://bit.ly/gsic-pitch101 

• May 12th- UCSD Final pitch competition (Virtual)
• June 12- 13 – Global Final at University of San Diego (Virtual)


Blue LINC Board Application currently open!

Interested in Med-tech? Blue LINC Board Application currently open! Blue LINC is an accelerated program to train interdisciplinary teams of graduate students in healthcare innovation and equip them with the tools needed to develop and market biomedical solutions. Info below:

 Blue LINC is UC San Diego's med-tech accelerator program. We connect students to clinicians as a means of solving critical problems in healthcare. Interested in being a part of this movement? Apply for Vice President now at https://forms.gle/RN6Jy8FAbYt4r7FY8. The position is open to graduate and undergraduate students and requires a two-year commitment.

 Blue LINC Website: https://sites.google.com/ucsd.edu/blue-linc/home

 Questions? Please email Zina Patel (zapatel@ucsd.edu)


Please join us for an in-depth conversation with successful Rady alumni and inspiring entrepreneurs who will share how they combined their field of study into a business that allows them to pursue their passion and make contributions that have a strong social impact.

RSVP here: https://ucsd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwtdu6vqTgjEtIPrJKtWRtm7dAlATLKFAez


Past Events

Join us in celebrating UC San Diego's leadership in social innovation and changemaking at Changemaker Week 2021! View complete schedule of Changemaker Week activities.

In celebration of Changemaker week, Rady School of Management in partnership with the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE) will be hosting a virtual panel to discuss the global impacts of climate change with UC San Diego Professor and Scripps Institution of Oceanography climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan and Professor, Division Chief of Global Health, Family Medicine and Public Health Wael Al-Delaimy. We invite all interested students, faculty, staff, and alumni to join in the discussion around climate change and its impact on our society.

Global Ethics of Climate Change with world renowned climate scientist Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Tuesday, January 19th
12:00pm- 1:00pm

Application for Student Representative to the Changemaker Steering Committee

The Changemaker Institute serves as the nucleus of UC San Diego’s ecosystem for changemaking and changemaker education and provides a supportive infrastructure for interdisciplinary, cross-campus collaboration in research, education, community engagement, and advocacy. The Changemaker Institute leverages valuable expertise and experience, enhances cross-campus and community partnerships, strengthens existing initiatives, and catalyzes innovation. It is the embodiment of UC San Diego’s commitment to transform higher education into an instrument for positive change and social impact.

Apply by November 25th 

The Scripps-Rady Ocean Plastic Pollution Challenge will emphasize the application of several strategies to address gaps in finding effective solutions, such as changing human behavior, evaluating solutions, and data mapping. This multi-stage program provides skills in solving complex problems, space for participants to build a systems perspective of the plastic pollution problem, and interdisciplinary teams to develop new strategies. There are three main components to the program: short courses; team research; and a two-day challenge.

Apply by November 13th



Wednesday, OCTOBER 21, 2020

UC San Diego Changemaker Institute in partnership with the Institute for Practical Ethics (IPE) presents a 3-part quarterly webinar series focused on Global Ethics of today’s most pressing issues, such as climate change and advances in genetic manipulation.

In observance of Global Ethics Day on October 21, and the upcoming 2020 election, the first session will focus on the Global Ethics of Affirmative Action. With the upcoming ballot initiative in California – which seeks to overturn the current ban on granting preferential treatment to persons on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting – this important discussion will delve into the ethics of the issue.

Join us for a panel discussion, anchored by Marisa A. Abrajano , Interim Provost UC San Diego-Warren College & Professor of Political Science, and student advocate, Laura Zwicker (UCSD Alumna ’19, currently PhD, Yale School of the Environment)

RSVP to attend: https://ucsd-global-ethics-2020.eventbrite.com


Apply for Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

Do you have a vision that will change the world?
Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us to make this world a better place and participate in the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC).
The GSIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change. Apply for the chance to pitch your venture to a panel of judges for up to $50,000 in funding and other resources.

Apply Here: https://www.f6s.com/globalsocialinnovationchallenge2020/apply 

Competition Timeline:
• April 1st- Applications open
• April 23rd– Info Session (Virtual) 
• May 5th – Application closes at midnight
• May 7th– Pitching 101 workshop with Professor Kim Davis King **open to all students (Virtual) RSVP to attend the virtual session: https://bit.ly/gsic-pitch101 

• May 21st- UCSD Final pitch competition (Virtual)
• June 12- 13 – Global Final at University of San Diego (Virtual)



Opportunity description: Rady's Center for Social Innovation and Impact (CSII) is looking for one Rady Graduate student interested in developing a white paper with Professor Ayelet Gneezy focused on the benefits of a B-Corp.
Application deadline:  Wednesday, March 11, 2020
An ideal candidate: Rady graduate student interested in social impact and innovation, impact investing, and sustainability.
Fellowship amount: $1,000
Duration: Spring Quarter (March 30-June 6)
Application process: Please send your short resume and a brief statement of interest to Diana at dianak@rady.ucsd.edu by March 11th. Selected applicants may be contacted by email.

Charity Navigator

The Center for Social Innovation and Impact is soliciting applications from MBA students for our second Rady Impact Fellows.  Rady impact Fellows will work on projects for Charity Navigator (CN)—a non-profit organizations—providing business analysis and planning in support of its current needs.  Rady impact Fellows will work in small teams with faculty advisors and will receive a stipend. The Rady impact Fellows program is open to all continuing MBA students.

Both projects are part of CN’s efforts to look at developing a sustainable business model less dependent on government grant funding, which is restricted in its uses. Teams will consider existing capacities, based on CN’s products and services, as well as propose new initiatives, products, and services.

Upon completion, students will present their analysis and recommendations to CN’s senior management.

Applications for these Fellowships are now being accepted.  Please send to me directly by email a current resume and a brief statement discussing your interest. Applications will be accepted through 3/20/2020 with decisions on Fellows made by 3/27/2020.  Projects will begin immediately and will run through early June with final presentations to be scheduled for mid-June.  Each student Fellow will receive a stipend of $1500.

Enter our Excel with Integrity art contest! The contest responds to the question, "How do you excel with integrity?" It is open to undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs. First place prize is $250 Triton Cash. Runner Up prize is $150. Submissions are due April 1, 2020 at 9am. Get your creativity flowing and create great art work! Check out past submissions on our website as well as how to submit your piece.
Contact: aio@ucsd.edu 8588222163
Website: http://academicintegrity.ucsd.edu/events/excel-integrity-contest.html 

♦ 1/31/2019- Now Accepting Applications for StartR Impact!

Open to students across UCSD interested in social innovation and impact. This premier accelerator is 7 sessions over 10 weeks.
APPLY: http://bit.ly/StartR-Impact-2020

♦ 1/31- Grand Challenge Scholars Program Program Application Deadline
The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is an innovative certificate program for UC San Diego undergraduate students. The program is designed to encourage students to focus their curricular and co-curricular experiences on addressing one or more of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). (Jacobs School of Engineering students may choose to focus on one or more of the National Academy of Engineering’s Grand Challenges.)
  • 1/16 – Strauss Foundation Information Session 
    Global TIES, UC San Diego’s award-winning humanitarian engineering, social innovation, and sustainable development program, is hosting an information session to learn about the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship, which awards at least $8,000 for the project and up to $7,000 in scholarship money for project support to sophomore and junior changemakers.A Scholarship to Help YOU Change the World 

  • 1/22 - Changing the World Without Losing your Mind (flyer) - UC San Diego’s Changemaker Week proudly presents a talk by Alex Counts, founder of the Grameen Foundation and author of “Changing the World Without Losing Your Mind.”

Serving on a Non-Profit Board Panelists include: 

  1. Jay Lichter, Ph.D, Venture Capitalist
  2. Jennie Brooks , Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  3. Sarah Tuakli Cooper, President of United Women of East Africa

  • 12/15 :BEARLS nominations due : https://warren.ucsd.edu/programs/bearls/

    Each year, Warren College produces a Hollywood-style awards show that honors individuals or groups from across campus who exemplify the UC San Diego Principles of Community. Students, faculty, and staff from all colleges and all disciplines are eligible. The Academe Awards for Principles of Community, affectionately known as the BEARLS, rolls out the red carpet to honor a celebrity humanitarian, a distinguished alumnus, and campus nominees in the following five categories:

    • Rejecting Acts of Discrimination
    • Championing Freedom of Expression
    • Celebrating All cultures
    • Resolving Conflict Constructively
    • Promoting Individuality


RSVP to attend October 2, 2019 @ 5:30pm!

StartR Demo Day!

Join us for the pivotal moment when the Rady School of Management's StartR teams present their pitches and startup ideas!


Deadline to Apply: October 6th

Now Accepting Applications for StartR Impact! 

Open to students across UCSD interested in social innovation and impact. This premier accelerator is 7 sessions over 10 weeks.
APPLY: http://bit.ly/StartR-Impact-FA19

Deadline to Apply: October 6th

Now Accepting Applications for StartR Inclusion! 

Open to students across UCSD and designed to highlight diversity. Teams must have at least one leader from a traditionally underrepresented population.
This premier accelerator is 10 sessions over 18 weeks.
APPLY: http://bit.ly/StartR-Inclusion-FA19


 October 11-13 

Leading from the Front: Understanding Your Role in Changemaking


Be the change you want to see in the world.  It’s a saying we’ve all heard, but how does one go about actually fulfilling it?  This interactive weekend will allow participants time to explore the policy areas they are passionate about and help them channel that passion.  There will be skill building and networking, chances to interact with policy experts and public officials, and guidance on what next steps might look like based on the participant’s goals.  All on the beautiful UC San Diego campus, just minutes from the beach.  We hope you’ll join us.

Echoing Green 2020 Fellowship Application is Now Open!

Deadline October 16th!

We are excited to announce that the search for our next class of world changers has begun! Passionate and driven community leaders, movement builders, and social innovators are encouraged to apply to our 2020 Fellowship program.

If you have the ideas and vision to bring positive change to the world, we want to work with you. Don’t worry if your business plan or resume isn’t perfect. What matters is that you are committed to the problem you are solving and ready to make a big impact.

Apply today: https://echoinggreen.org/fellowship/apply/


Elevate your impact. Apply now to the Westly Prize for Young Social Innovators by OCTOBER 15th!

The Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California honors the talent, creativity, daring, and humanitarian spirit of young social entrepreneurs. We're looking for creative leaders who are early in their journey, and have not yet received major recognition or substantial outside investment, but show great potential. These are the innovators for whom a cash award of this size is most meaningful.


For information about past winners, please go to https://westly.org/westly-prize/


Applications now open for the Torrey Project Incubator! ​The next Cohort runs from September 16 - October 12, 2019.

The Torrey Project welcome entrepreneurs who are committed to doing businesses in a way that creates value not only for the shareholders, but also for other stakeholders like employees, local communities, the environment and more. You don't need to be an expert in stakeholder theory to be accepted into the incubator, but you do need to have a viable business idea and be strongly committed to using business as a tool to make the world a better place. 

Apply here: torreyproject.typeform.com/to/Cab5k2
Questions? Please contact Katy Sperry at katy@torreyproject.org

2020 Agenda Council
The 2020 Exchange Agenda Council will work with Ashoka U to bring an equity and inclusion lens to the selection of content featured on the 2020 agenda and ensure it represents the diverse needs and interests of the growing social innovation education community.

The 2020 Council will work with Ashoka U to achieve the following goals:
• Ensure that more perspectives from community colleges, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), community partners, indigenous communities, and international/non-North America are featured on the agenda. These perspectives have been under-represented in prior years and we hope to begin the long process of remedying that.
• Train speakers and facilitators to be aligned with the Exchange’s values and equipped with skillsets necessary for holding safe spaces at the conference.
• Contribute to improving accessibility and feeling of inclusion throughout the Exchange experience.

We are currently looking for perspectives representative of all higher education stakeholders (faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, students, etc), and selected Council members will receive a $500 stipend, will participate in a trip to Washington, D.C. in October 2019 to select content (costs covered by Ashoka U), and receive waived registration to the 2020 Exchange.

More information about the Agenda Council requirements and responsibilities is available here. Applications are due on June 5th.

Student Council
We are also creating a Student Council to work with Ashoka U to create, curate, and select content that will be featured on the 2020 Exchange agenda and Student Track.

We are looking for 3-5 students (both undergraduate and graduate) who have attended the Exchange at least once, have demonstrated evidence of leadership related to social impact initiatives on campus, and are passionate about spreading social impact beyond their campus and working collaboratively across higher education.

Student Council members will receive a $500 stipend and complimentary Exchange registration.

More details about the Student Council is available here. Applications are due on June 5th.

Apply to the Exchange Council


Changemaker Faculty Fellows Program
Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2019. Fellows will be
selected and notified by June 7, 2019. Applicants should submit an
application form including a project proposal and letter of support from
their Chair or Dean. A detailed program overview and application link
can be found at

Clinton Foundation + IBM Social Innovation Hackathon!
When: Friday, May 17 – Saturday, May 18, 2019
Where: UC San Diego Career Center
Time: The event will begin at 4:00 pm on Friday and the event will conclude by 4:00 pm Saturday
Meals and refreshments will be provided  
Registration deadline is 05/14/19  
Please join us in an impact-driven Hackathon on campus from May 17-18. The hackathon is being organized in collaboration with IBM and CGI University, and aims to develop tech solutions to address global disaster response and recovery efforts. The event is open to students of all academic backgrounds and graduation years. Participating teams will have the chance to refine tech and non-tech related project development skills, be given access to IBM open-source technologies, and be able to consult IBM topic and technical experts throughout the event.

Each team should come equipped with at least one team member with coding experience.

Winning teams will receive cash prizes, additional IBM technological resources, and the chance to send a member to participate in the next CGI University meeting in 2020.

Cash Prizes:
1st Place: $1,000
2nd Place: $500
3rd Place: $250

If you have any questions, email cgiu@clintonglobalinitiative.org.

Border Innovation Challenge

The first ever International Smart Border Innovation Challenge is coming this Spring with $20,000 in prizes! Sponsored by the Smart Border Coalition, the program is presented through a partnership of the Rady School of Management and the Jacobs School of Engineering. The competition brings the spotlight to promising solutions and technologies to meet the efficiency and security challenges of the region’s ports of entry. It is open to applicants from UC San Diego campus and from universities and the entrepreneur ecosystem in Baja California and San Diego 

May 22, 2019 – Border Innovation Challenge. Register to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/border-innovation-challenge-tickets-59346355547

Questions? Please email Karen at khjensen@ucsd.edu 

Catalyst Conversations: ‘The Central Park Five’ - 

Date: Monday, May 13
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UC San Diego Mandeville Auditorium
Tickets: This is a free event. Reception to follow.

In 1980's New York City, five African-American and Latino teenagers were in the wrong place, at the wrong time: unjustly convicted of a brutal rape in Central Park, but exonerated through DNA evidence 13 years later. Anthony Davis’ opera “The Central Park Five” tells this passionate story, a story about an issue that remains front of mind, more than 30 years after the initial events occurred.

In the inaugural Catalyst Conversations from Arts and Community Engagement, this one-night-only special program comes in advance of the June world premiere of “The Central Park Five” by Anthony Davis at Long Beach Opera.

Featuring performance excerpts from Davis’s opera in a “working rehearsal” format and conversation between Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director Andreas Mitisek and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music Anthony Davis, with members of the cast.

The intimate group will be discussing the creative process and impact of performing such a timely, socially conscious work.

Anthony Davis, composer and UC San Diego Distinguished Professor of Music
Andreas Mitisek, director and Long Beach Opera Artistic and General Director 
Stephen Karr, conductor
Neda St. Clair, pianist
Cedric Berry as “Yusef Salaam”
Bernard Holcomb as “Kevin Richardson”
Nathan Granner as “Khorey Wise”
Derrell Acon as “Antron McCray”
Orson Van Gay as “Raymond Santana”


Up to $10,000 awarded -- Ashoka U Changemaker Campus -- Working Across Differences Fund

This opportunity is exclusively for students, faculty, staff, and administrators from Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses which UC San Diego was designated as last year!

Proposals must be received by 11:59 pm US Eastern Time on Monday, May 6.  Each proposal should be no more than five pages, double-spaced, 12-point font and should address each of the items below.  Please email the proposals to csii@rady.ucsd.edu  as a PDF attachment.

 Application Details (View Guidelines here)

  1. Summary of the challenge you propose to address (i.e., demonstrate your understanding of the challenge and relevant initiatives/efforts to date)
  2. Summary of your Working Across Differences project, including a description of your project, the community you wish to involve and/or impact, potential team and partners, project approach, and key activities
  3. Desired outputs and outcomes of the project and the potential of impact for your campus and/or community
  4. Brief description of how your project meets the eligibility criteria
  5. Main point of contact and why they are suited to lead the project
  6. Estimated timeline for implementation
  7. Amount requested and basic line-item budget

The Fund will provide up to six grants of up to $10,000 USD to accelerate the creation, implementation and spread of tangible methods that build bridges across differences on campus.

Selected grantees will:

  • Receive up to $10,000 USD grant funding
  • Participate in quarterly learning “Huddles” with other grantees
  • Share their experiences through a “Working Across Differences” blog series and/or session series at the 2020 Ashoka U Exchange

April 22, 2019

Come find out how you can use your talents to design a better world during college and beyond! Learn about the Global TIES program, NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, and IBM’s Corporate Service Corps! Network with IBM staff over light refreshments!


April 25, 2019


Global Social Innovation Challenge

Do you have a vision that will change the world?

Our world needs changemakers who create new models and work within new paradigms of sustainable change. Innovate with us to make this world a better place and participate in the Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC).

The GSIC is a social venture pitch competition that recognizes, resources and rewards student-led social ventures focused on sustainable change. Apply for the chance to pitch your venture to a panel of judges for up to $50,000 in funding and other resources. 

Applications now being accepted! Apply here: http://bit.ly/GSIC-2019-UCSD . Deadline to apply is April 29th


Questions? Please email Diana K. at csii@rady.ucsd.edu 

April 24, 2019 (Institute for Practical Ethics- UCSD)

The Future of Nature: Conservation in the Anthropocene

Emma Marris, an environmental writer and reporter who explores conservation, ecology, energy, agriculture, food, language, books, and film will present on The Future of Nature: Conservation in the Anthropocene

April 30, 2019 (University of San Diego, KIPJ Theater)

Better Brew for a Better World: A Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

Join us at USD's 3rd "Better Business for a Better World": A Conference on Social Entrepreneurship

We will feature 4 guest speakers, sharing on how they have cultivated successful social enterprises in the San Diego community and abroad through their beverage businesses!


  • City Heights Coffee
  • Fruitcraft
  • Project Reo Collective
  • Dojo Coffee

We will follow with a networking reception featuring both our panelists as well as other startups and organizations! Light bites will be provided.

$1.75 Million in New Funding Available for Social Innovators

The application deadline is April 30, 2019

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. 

View the one-pager about the 2019 Prize Apply now!
Check out these 20 winners from 2015 & 2017