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We have said that the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge is for the trailblazers, the doers and the dreamers. Never has this mindset been more relevant than in these current times. At over 2,500 innovators strong, our global network represents a diverse community of students and entrepreneurs connected by a passion for tackling the world’s most complex problems. Two strong partners in higher education social innovation programming and support, the University of San Diego and the University of St. Thomas, joined forces to bring this unique social venture creation opportunity to global university leaders and innovative students. Join us in summer 2021 for a Global Finals event in Minneapolis, Minnesota and experience the energy and positive change that is possible when like-minded visionaries converge.
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The Fowler GSIC inspires student entrepreneurs around the world to connect and create sustainable business solutions to global issues. Since 2011, we've connected more than 2,500 students from more than countries around the world - including Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, Ireland, Mexico, and Peru - recognizing their outstanding social ventures based on positive impact and financial sustainability. To date, we've distributed more than $500,000 to seed the most innovative and promising global ventures. And this is just the beginning.
The Fowler GSIC is for the trailblazers, the dreamers, the doers. It was designed for those who can see a solution where others mostly see a challenge. Whether your passion lies in helping alleviate hunger or stopping environmental degradation, the Fowler GSIC invites you to engage with one or more of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by developing an innovation that responds to an environmental or social challenge at the local or global level.
CONFIRM THAT YOUR UNIVERSITY IS ENROLLED
CREATE A TEAM WITH 1-5 MEMBERS
ANALYZE A SOCIAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGE
PROPOSE AND VALIDATE A POTENTIAL SOLUTION
PITCH YOUR IDEA FOR UP TO $50,000 IN FUNDING
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AND ADVANCE IN THE FOWLER GSIC
The Fowler GSIC is held each year starting with registration by November and culminating in the Global Finals in June of the following year. Along the way, students nurture an idea from inspiration to practical application, meet and network with changemakers from around the world, and gain tools, mentorship and up to $50,000+ in seed funding.
Your university to participate in the Fowler GSIC
Students propose how their venture will solve the problem
Finalists pitch their proposed solutions in person and virtually
End of November
Late March to Early April
Students submit an analysis of the problem they want to address
End of February
Students' home university holds an internal competition to advance two finalist teams to the Global Finals
Late April to Early May
TO THE WORLD.
These women innovators found a solution to solving one of the world's leading contributors to food waste by up-cycling excess grains into vegan and gluten-free cookies! Their mission is to close the gap within our food system by reducing food waste. They are saving the planet one cookie at a time!
KeepAppy is a personal wellness app. It is designed to empower users to take control of their mental and physical wellbeing by enabling people to track all of the vitals that most impact an individual’s wellbeing, increase self-awareness and engage in positive behavior practices.
Sensibin is an AI-powered bin that makes recycling easy. The Sensibin scans your waste, and it tells you which bin it belongs in. This venture uses intelligently automated recycling, source segregation, data collection, and analytics.