At the Global Finals, the top two teams from each participating university come together to pitch their proposed solutions to one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. Teams bond with like-minded visionaries from around the world, as well as innovation leaders and enthusiasts, and gain invaluable new connections, experiences, and potentially the funding necessary to accelerate the launch or growth of their social ventures.



*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Fowler GSIC is going virtual for 2020. We are pleased to announce that we have been able to move forward with this innovation challenge, virtually, while ensuring our staff, student participants, judges and audience remain safe and at home.

Saturday, June 13  |  5 PM PDT

Global Finals Award Ceremony

Join our global network as we showcase and celebrate the groundbreaking ideas of this year's Global Finalists. Listen and vote for your favorite among the top 12 teams who will share their 90-second pitch and see which teams earn a portion of over $50,000 in seed funding to continue their idea.


JUNE 8-13th, 2020


The Fowler GSIC is an unparalleled opportunity for student social entrepreneurs to build an international network while competing for vital seed funding. Students will not only be able to showcase their own outstanding ideas, but they will also have the unique opportunity to listen to peers from every continent. All of the student ventures will address at least one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and define what it means to engage in social innovation.

In addition to pitching to industry leaders and getting valuable feedback, students are invited to networking sessions, as well as workshops on topics ranging from Impact Investing to Entrepreneurship and Ethics during Innovation Week.

Tuesday-Wednesday, June 9-10


Consult your student packet for more information about when your team is pitching. 

Thursday-Friday, June 11-12


Shortlisted teams will pitch again either on Thursday night or Friday morning. Teams that are shortlisted will be notified beforehand. 



Center for Peace and Commerce

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice 121

Phone: (619) 260-4857

Fax: (619) 260-4891

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