Prepare Your Entry for the NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge!

Social Venture Innovation Challenge

Session 1
Friday, September 27, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nesmith Hall, Room 111 - Changemaker Hub

In this interactive workshop, you will Practice using the process, mindsets, and tools of Human Centered Design and understand why this methodology can be powerful when working on issues related to the SDGs. Whether you already know where your passion lies or not, you’ll walk out with a better understanding of the problem you want to solve and be ready to further explore and develop an idea. 

Additionally, we will take the first step to Prepare you for the SVIC. This is a great opportunity to refine the problem you want to solve, create a testing plan, and set yourself up to leverage the follow-on workshop in October to prepare for your SVIC submission. This workshop hopes to inspire participants and be a part of Paving the Way for social and environmental change

Session 2
​Friday, October 18, 2019

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nesmith Hall, Room 111 - Changemaker Hub

In the second Human Centered Design workshop, you will Practice giving and receiving feedback and prototyping the next iteration of your idea. We’ll use the SVIC criteria to Prepare you and your team to submit a strong application and Pave the way for impact by identifying potential barriers to success.  

Session 3 (Reflection/Next Steps)
Friday, December 6, 2019

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Space is limited - register today!


Develop ideas, meet potential teammates and prepare to enter the 2019 SVIC, an idea competition, with the help of leading experts in design thinking and Human Centered Design (HCD), a methodology used by sustainable businesses and non-profits worldwide as a creative approach to problem solving! 

Participants will be guided through a process to help understand the underlying nature of a social or environmental problem of their choice and will develop a proposal for their solution in a 2-page summary and a 3-minute video.

  • two full-day workshops designed to help individuals or teams
  • prepare for the competition (SVIC entries due: Monday, Oct. 28 & Live Final Round: Thursday, Nov. 21)
  • hands-on support & resources
  • one-on-one coaching with previous SVIC winners & finalists
  • understand social innovation as a business approach to address humanity’s toughest challenges
  • learn & practice the tools of HCD and its’ three phases: empathy, inspiration, ideation


Dr. Fiona Wilson, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, University of New Hampshire | Director, UNH Sustainability Institute | Affiliate Clinical Associate Faculty, Paul College of Business & Economics

Drew Bonfiglio, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Emzingo