The Social Innovation Challenge is a two day pitching competition focused on supporting social enterprises and driving social impact. The event is designed by the United Church of Canada with the goal of transforming communities and opening conversations on innovative solutions to persisting social problems.
Participants can range from high school and post-secondary students to members of the larger community. The local community is invited to attend the final pitching event at the end of the challenge.
Our societies are facing extraordinary challenges: increasing inequality, rising poverty rates, unstable economies, climate change, and a raft of other issues. At the same time, technologies are transforming the world in which we live, markets are undergoing massive change, and philanthropists are changing their practices. The speed of change is faster than ever, and the social and environmental need is reaching a frightening crescendo.
Ideas are the lifeblood of innovation. Sometimes they emerge from a deliberate and rigorous process. Sometimes they are a response to an emerging or pressing need. And sometimes they just seem to appear out of thin air.
Social innovation projects all have a few things in common: they are emerging, involve incredible social entrepreneurs, and are positioned to make a real difference in the communities they serve. And they each address one of more key priorities: market transformation, entrepreneurship, collaboration, and systems change. Possible categories for projects includes: