Social Innovation Design Contest

2013 WINNER:!

Winner:, undergrad business student Julius Lewiel

More on here.

Runners - Up (no ranking order):

  • The Fresh Express, undergrads Brennen Houge, Eric Castro-Werner, Philip Sanneman, James Westfall

The Fresh Express aims to bring locally grown produce to urban areas where access to fresh foods are not readily available and where consumers rely on food assistance programs.

  • Aliac, MBA student, Tyler Herman
  • AutistEd, freshman Hattie Van Metre and Lauren Rimmel

AutistEd seeks to integrate a two-year program into universities to educate and train autistic young adults for direct employment into engineering companies in the local area.

  • Plastic Recycling, undergrads Mike Ebbing and Becca Steffen

Over 20 undergraduate and graduate MU student teams competed in the annual Social Innovation Design Contest on Tuesday December 3rd, 2013,12:30 - 4pm, Raynor Lower Level.

Pictures of the contest can be found here.

The winning team received help in attending the 2014 AshokaU Exchange at Brown University (registration fees for up to 3 - over $1K value) and automatic entry in the Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge ($25K prize package)!

The contest was open to all Marquette University students.

For ideas:

Click here Dell Challenge winners (note: Dell Social Innovation Challenge has matured and evolved into a new social enterprise, Verb.) 

Click here for a video of last year's Dell Challenge finalists.

2012 WINNER: Countries Without Cavities!

Marquette hosted the Social Innovation Design Contest on Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 4:30-6:30 pm, Emory Clark, room 111. The winning team received funds to attend the 2013 AshokaU Exchange in San Diego, CA.

Contest details HERE.

2011 WINNER: Clean2O!

See their powerpoint presentation HERE.

Four Saturday meetings, 10-11:30 am, were scheduled for all participants to better understand how Social Innovation Design leads to positive social change! Download the contest information.

Social Innovation/Social Entrepreneurship (used interchangeably – see
What is a Social Entrepreneur?
Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps.

Why "Social" Entrepreneur?
Just as entrepreneurs change the face of business, social entrepreneurs act as the change agents for society, seizing opportunities others miss and improving systems, inventing approaches, and creating solutions to change society for the better. Most do NOT have a business background.

Helpful Resources:

SID Contest is presented by Changemakers@MU; the Social Innovation Initiative is presented by the Office of the Provost

"Social innovation is the future of our generation and the (social innovation) class helped us develop problem-solving skills." - excerpt student course evaluation

Marquette as Changemaker Campus

“Ultimately, we must understand the
need to be agents of change.”       

Pedro Arrupe, S.J.


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