6th Annual NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge: Live Final Round, Keynote Address & Social Innovator of the Year Award

Join us for the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

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The concluding day of the 6th annual New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge: a day of inspiration, information, networking, and celebration of New Hampshire’s student and community social entrepreneurs!

This initiative of the University of New Hampshire has been organized by the Center of Social Innovation and Enterprise in conjunction with the Carsey School of Public Policy, Paul College of Business and Economics, UNHInnovation, UNH Sustainability Institute, and Net Impact UNH.

November 29, 2018
Schedule of Events:

8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. | Registration, Coffee & Networking | Holloway Commons, First Floor
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. | Welcome & Opening Ceremony | Holloway Commons, First Floor
8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. | Final Round Presentations 

  • Student Track Finalists | Holloway Commons, Squamscott Room
  • Community Track Finalists Track | Holloway Commons, Piscataqua Room
    From a large pool of competitors, the eight finalists in each of the community and student tracks present their ideas and answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges. 

2018 SVIC Finalists Teams!

Student Track

Food for Thought: Addressing health disparities food insecure people commonly experience, by implementing food pantry based health care clinics.

Granite State Intergenerational Initiative: An Initiative to make New Hampshire a leader in Intergenerational Programming through the use of Shared Sites to bring generations together.

Janas Analytics: Software that would be one of the first proactive solutions to predicting global migrant crises.

LUX: Safer Dating: A dating app that integrates wearable technology and location tracking to mitigate dating sexual violence.

PreciseFarm: Precision farming sensors made available to small-scale farms to increase yield, and decrease costs and environmental consequences.

Rove & Refuge: Affordable and safe housing to two groups with similar transient needs: natural disaster evacuees and vacationers. 

The Potential for Leaf Waste at Colby-Sawyer College: The potential for leaf and food waste composting on-campus at Colby-Sawyer College.

True Vote: Mobile and web application that would enable voter participation on a daily basis as well as encourage all politician accountability.

Community Track

Diffinity Design: Discarded clothing and textiles are redesigned to create an inclusive line of sustainable fashion for people across the spectrum of gender expression.

ecoText, Inc.: ecoText is the Spotify for textbooks, a platform where college students can get their required textbooks at a flat rate embedded within their tuition.

Feminist Oasis: Organizing spaces + experiences for individuals and businesses to advance intersectional feminism

FFI Global Campus: Establishment of leadership center in Northern Ireland that is focused on innovative solutions to global challenges.

Growing Hope: Growing Hope is a U.S.-based organization that supplies portable milk crate garden boxes to South Sudanese refugees in the Bidi Bidi camp. 

Hope Hubz, Inc.: An enterprise system with innovative and customized workflows, capitalizing on existing technology to forge pathways that ignite flourishing community

TheHive: Independent quick-deploy network that any wifi enabled device can access, giving users a means of communications with emergency crews and family.

UNH Fish Feed NH: Aquaculture to support NH's food insecure.


11:15 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m. | Social Innovator of the Year Award, Keynote Address & Announcement of SVIC Winners | Memorial Union Building, Strafford Room

2018 keynote speaker and Social Innovator of the Year Award recipient was Marina Kim, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Ashoka U. 

KEYNOTE: Education for the Future: Mobilizing Changemakers
How is UNH equipping the next generation, our students, with the knowledge and tools to be successful in tackling humanity’s most pressing social and environmental grand challenges? The world is in the midst of transformation – driven by technology, globalization, and generational trends – and the nature of work, education, and leadership are shifting as a result. We need to be prepared to lead in a new way. As colleges and universities work to achieve the mission of creating knowledge, educating and serving their communities, changemaking and social innovation can be powerful lenses for transformation. How can we support this learning in the most powerful way? What changes do we need to see in higher education to live the values of changemaking throughout the campus culture? How can we all live purposefully and contribute to effective impact? 

More about Marina Kim
Marina’s work in social entrepreneurship dates back over 15 years. She co-founded and leads Ashoka U, which works with colleges and universities to embed social innovation as an educational focus and a strategic approach to aligning the university’s culture, programs and operations. To date, Ashoka U has worked with over 400 institutions globally. Marina’s writing on institutional change and higher education innovation has been featured in Forbes.com, SSIR.org, and the Diversity & Democracy Journal, and Ashoka U has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Huffington Post and The New York Times. Marina was named in the Forbes 30 under 30 for Social Entrepreneurship, received the post-graduate Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy from Stanford, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Northampton. Marina holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.

The event concluded with the exciting announcement of the winners of the 2018 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge and the awarding of the prizes!

 i2 Passport points earned for attending the Live Final Round & Keynote.
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