UVU Social Innovation Challenge

About the UVU Social Innovation Challenge

The annual UVU Social Innovation Challenge starts each September, provides monthly workshops during fall and concludes with pitches from our finalists at an exciting awards competition in December.

The UVU Social Innovation Challenge is a three-phase competition in which students will use systems thinking to analyze a social problem—winners will then choose a Phase II track and further develop their projects for either the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge or Oxford’s Map the System competition. Phase II winners will go on to compete in these competitions for Phase III.    

Participating in the UVU Social Innovation Challenge offers you hands-on experience working to identify and research a social problem and gaps in the solutions market. This is a great place to start if you want to make an impact in the world.

The competition’s suggested topic this year is affordable housing, but projects based on any social problem can be submitted.

Competition Criteria and Submission Requirements

Who: At least one member of the team must be a current student (enrolled on a course of 6 months or longer) OR a recent graduate (i.e., having completed studies within 12 months of the date you register for the competition). Students may be at the undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate, or doctoral level. They can be from any university to participate.    

Phase I – Fall 2019

Hosted by the UVU Entrepreneurship Institute and the UVU Center for Social Impact

  • Submissions: The submission must analyze any critical social problem that meets the criteria of the "Map the Systems" model provided. Submissions will include a Visual Map, Research Analysis, and Bibliography.
    • visual map, chart, or infographic that visually showcases a deep and nuanced understanding of the specific social or environmental issue studied by the student(s). This document should cover the problem and its causes, examine the current solution pool & players, identify gaps in the current service provision, and highlight where opportunities for change may lie. Excellent submissions usually address a narrow enough issue to demonstrate thorough analysis and give deliberate thought to the specific community, customer, or client that will be the key beneficiary of the solution or further research to be developed in Phase II.
    • A bibliography of all the sources cited in the executive summary or the visual map.
  • Criteria: Understanding of the problem, understanding of the solutions landscape, identification of gaps and levers of change
  • Format: Each team must fulfill the requirements of the criteria of the competition through the submission of a 2-minute video that reviews the map, research, and bibliography by the submission due date for the competition. Finalists will be chosen from all submissions. Phase I finals will be held at UVU on December 3, 2019. ALL members of the team should be in attendance during the finals.  Teams should come prepared to make a 10-minute presentation and answer questions during judges’ 2-minute Q&A.
  • How to Submit Your Project:
    • Upload your video to YouTube as unlisted in the privacy settings
    • Email the Entrepreneurship Institute with the YouTube link, bibliography, and 1-page executive summary to msanders@uvu.edu
      •      Submission due date: Friday, November 22, 2019,11:59 PM
  • Key Desired Outputs: 
    • High quality, accessible research on a critical social problem and students capable of creating this research    
    • Problem analysis skills using secondary and primary research    
    • Ability to perform creative/innovative/relevant and impactful problem solving    
    • Civic engagement to create solutions for regional social problems    
    • Synthesis of academic learning with a real-world community context    
    • Critical reasoning skills that provide strategic analysis, feasibility analysis, understanding of scalability, validation analysis, solution-based mindsets and the demonstrated capability of developing and delivering value    
  • Awards: Further development at UVU in Phase II with UVU Enactus, UVU Entrepreneurship Institute, and sponsoring organizations with the intent of competing in University of San Diego’s Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge or Oxford’s Map the System competition. At least one team member must agree to continue to prepare and qualify with an assigned UVU faculty mentor(s) after UVU Social Innovation Challenge.
    • First place: $1000
    • Second place: $750
    • Four honorable mentions: $250 each

Note: At least one UVU student/graduate must be on the team and must actively contribute after this UVU competition. (A team can add UVU student to the team after UVU competition if they currently have no UVU student. There will be an event in January to facilitate these connections.)

 

Phase II – Spring 2020

Track 1:  Solution-Oriented

Hosted by the Entrepreneurship Institute

    • Submissions: The submission must provide and validate a proposed solution (with a prototype) that explains the benefits and limitations of this solution with substantive research and validation tests of the concept.
    • Criteria: 
      • The problem definition needs to show a specific problem.  This requires a controllable root cause analysis and prior/current solutions focused on the last mile. (25%)
      • Demonstration of a feasible, new, unique, and inventive solution, including a prototype that provides benefits and limitations of the solution. (25%)
      • Solution validation with both secondary and primary research.  This needs to provide meaningful data and proof of concept for the solution. (25%)
      • Scalability of the solution: cost/benefit analysis that shows how this solution can be scaled and that this solution is feasible. (25%)
Format: 
    Each team must fulfill the requirements of the criteria of the competition through the submission of a 2-minute (maximum) video by the submission due date for the competition. This is a good opportunity to refine your 90-second pitch, which will be needed for Phase III. Finalists will be chosen from all submissions. Phase II finals will be held at UVU on Tuesday, April 29, 2020. ALL members of the team should be in attendance during the finals, where they will make a 10-minute presentation to judges and attendees. Teams should come prepared to answer questions during judges’ 5-minute Q&A.
    • A completed Social Business Model Canvas with descriptive questions answered.
    • A pitch deck
    • 2-minute video explaining social innovation.
    • A 10-minute pitch and a 90-second pitch (the 90-second pitch is for Phase III)
  • Key Desired Outputs: 
    • Problem analysis skills using secondary and primary research    
    • Ability to perform creative/innovative/relevant and impactful problem solving    
    • Civic engagement to create solutions for regional social problems    
    • Synthesis of academic learning with a real-world community context    
    • Critical reasoning skills that provide strategic analysis, feasibility analysis, understanding of scalability, validation analysis, solution-based mindsets and the demonstrated capability of developing and delivering value    
  • Awards: Winning team(s) will compete in the University of San Diego’s Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge. Travel support will be provided. (Team of 1-5 including at least one current UVU student* can go on to compete in the San Diego Challenge).
  • How to Submit Your Project:
    • Upload your video to YouTube as unlisted in the privacy settings
    • Email the Entrepreneurship Institute with the YouTube link, pitch deck, bibliography, and 1-page executive summary to msanders@uvu.edu
      •      Submission due date: Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:59 PM

Track 2: Research-Oriented

Hosted by the Center for Social Impact

  • Submissions can be of any critical social problem that meets the criteria following the "Map the Systems" model provided. Submissions will include a Visual Map, Research      Analysis, and Bibliography. A proposed "solution" is not required. 
  • Criteria: Thoroughness (33%), Clarity (33%), Insight (33%) (Potential impact and relevance will be tie-breaker) as defined here: http://www.oxfordglobalchallenge.com/guidelines/
  • Format: Each team must fulfill the requirements of the criteria of the competition through the submission of a 2-minute video that reviews the map, research, and bibliography which will be used to judge submissions to determine finalists. Finalists will be required to attend an event at UVU on March 5, 2020, to show their presentation. They can choose who from their team does the presenting — this could be one, two, or all members of the team. However, ALL members of the team should be in attendance during the presentation(s) and prepared to answer questions during the judges’ Q&A.
  • Key Desired Output: High quality, accessible research on a critical social problem, and students capable of creating this research. 
  • Awards: Winning team for research track must agree to continue to prepare and qualify with an assigned UVU faculty mentor(s) after UVU Social Innovation competition to compete in Oxford’s Map the System competition in June 2020. Non-winning teams may still move on to Phase II. Travel support will be provided. Ideally, this would lead to published research and scholarly presentations, as well. Must agree to do press releases and other awareness development activities.
    • First place: $1000
    • Second place: $750
    • Four honorable mentions: $250 each
  • How to Submit Your Project:

Note: At least one UVU student/graduate must be on the team and must actively contribute after this UVU competition. (Team can add UVU student after UVU competition if they currently have no UVU student. There will be an event in January to facilitate these connections.)

 

Phase III – Spring/Summer 2020

Track 1:  Solution-Oriented

Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge competition at the University of San Diego

Hosted by the University of San Diego

Up to two finalist teams from each participating college/university can advance to the global final. Pitch decks are due one week before the final pitch in June 2019. Student finalists can pitch in person in San Diego, California, USA, or virtually over the internet. Finalists must also demonstrate well-defined next steps, a realistic implementation plan, and their team’s commitment to implementing the venture.

Rounds 1 and 2 will take place at UVU. Round 3 will be virtual from UVU or in San Diego in person.

Round 3 Submission has three components:

  1. Long Pitch: 10-minute pitch, delivered (virtually on in-person) to a panel of judges by at least one member of the finalist team.
  2. Fast Pitch: 90-second pitch, delivered on the main stage by the shortlisted finalist teams prior to the awards announcement.
  3. An accompanying Pitch Deck: Only for the 10-minute pitch, no slides used/needed for the 90-second pitch.

Awards: $50,000 pool of seed funding and in-kind prizes

Track 2: Research-Oriented

Map the System competition at Oxford

Hosted by Oxford University

Every submission should address the key question areas listed above and must include the following three components:

1. Visual Map
2. Written Summary of Your Research
3. Bibliography

These three components must be uploaded via an online form by April 1, 2020.

Awards:

1st Prize – £4,000 cash prize
2nd Prize – £3,000 cash prize
3rd Prize – £2,000 cash prize

 

Competition Timeline

UVU Social Innovation Challenge Timeline Graphic

Wednesday, September 11, 2019: Kickoff meeting, 3 PM in SB 260

Wednesday, September 11, 2019: Applications open for submission

Friday, November 22, 2019: Phase I application submission deadline, 11:59 PM

Friday, November 22, 2019– Monday, December 2, 2019: Applications reviewed to select finalists

Monday, December 2, 2019: Finalists notified by 5 PM MST

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: Final Showcase and Judging 

            6-7pm – Networking and Refreshments

            7-9pm – Presentations and Awards    

Friday, January 10, 2020: Phase II kickoff where team adjustments can be made, and support for Phase II development will be provided

Solutions Track:

Friday, April 10, 2020: Phase II application submission deadline, 11:59 PM

Tuesday, April 21, 2020: Phase II Final showcase and judging

Research Track:

Saturday, February 1, 2020: Phase II application submission deadline, 11:59 PM

Thursday, March 5, 2020: Phase II Final showcase and judging

June 2020: Map the System competition and Fowler GSIC Final

 

Workshops

These workshops are a great opportunity for you to get ongoing feedback on your competition materials to ensure you’re headed in the right direction.

Dates

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - Kickoff meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Housing content expert

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - Introduction to Systems

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - Housing content expert

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - Problem/Player Systems

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - Housing content expert

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - Map Design

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 - Housing content expert

How to Register

Sign up to attend the kickoff at http://bit.ly/2019-uvu-sic

Sign up to attend the workshops at https://uvusic-workshops.eventbrite.com

If you forget or don’t get a chance to register, you can still attend! Registration helps us make sure we don’t overfill the room and that there are enough snacks.

                                             

Resources

Links are coming soon!

 

Prizes

Phase I

  • First place: $1000
  • Second place: $750
  • Four honorable mentions: $250 each

Winners and other interested competitors will attend the Phase II kickoff in January to continue to prepare and qualify with an assigned UVU faculty mentor(s) after UVU Social Innovation competition to compete in Oxford’s Map the System competition or San Diego’s Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge in June 2020. Travel support will be provided. (Team of 1-5 including at least one current UVU student* can compete in the challenge of their focus).

Phase II

Teams wishing to continue to the next phases of the competition will submit brief proposals for funding their research and/or prototype at the January Phase II kickoff. The competition coordinators will determine funding amounts for each team if any.

The winning teams in each track from Phase II will be provided travel support for their respective competitions.

Phase III

Oxford “Map the System” offers a £3,000, £2,000, and £1,000 cash prize and tickets to Emerge 2020.

The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge offers a $50,000 pool of seed funding and in-kind prizes

Contacts

Meagan Sanders

msanders@uvu.edu

Assistant Project Manager

Mark Seastrand

mseastrand@uvu.edu

Director of Outreach

Jon Westover

Jonathan.westover@uvu.edu

Chair

Summer Valente

Summer.valente@uvu.edu

Assistant Chair

Marissa Getts

marissa.getts@uvu.edu

Assistant Chair