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Friday, September 2, 2022

2022 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge Recap & Report

Written by Andrew Biros, Ed.D.

Our mission at the Kroc School of Peace Studies is to equip and empower students to go on to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge is paramount to accomplishing that goal. 

After two years of a virtual program, hosting this year’s Global Finals in San Diego presented a special opportunity to develop the very first hybrid Global Finals experience. With half of our teams pitching virtually, over 60 innovation professionals volunteered to serve as judges and mentors. That generosity afforded our students from around the world immeasurable wisdom and expertise, as they crafted and pitched their innovations. And it certainly helped us select many dynamic winners! 

In an effort to support as many young social entrepreneurs as possible, this year’s Global Finals saw eighteen teams receive seed venture funding from the $75,000 awarded. We are excited to follow the success of the innovations taking shape all across the globe, and connect burgeoning innovators with those who are well on their way to positive social, environmental, and economic impact. 

2022_06_17_USD_GSI_2476_WEB_ron and gazelleRon Fowler awarding Gazelle with the Grand Prize at the Fowler GSIC 2022 Global Finals

With students from around the world convening in San Diego, we knew that no trip to America’s Finest City would be complete without three important elements: Sun, Surf, & Tacos. Whether it was throwing the frisbee and playing spike ball while enjoying the sunset at Mission Bay Park, devouring tacos at Oscar’s in Pacific Beach, or Private Surf Lessons with San Diego Surf School, we made sure our students got a taste of San Diego! One of the best parts of this year’s Global Finals was the connections created and unbridled joy we saw from students, faculty, and judges — that will be remembered for a lifetime. 

image0000002022 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge finalists enjoying the beach in San Diego, CA

None of this would be possible without the incredible generosity of Ron and Alexis Fowler, and our growing network of supporters, mentors, and university partners. 

There's a lot of work ahead. I'm confident that our growing network of global changemakers are up to the task. My goal is to support them every step of the way, as we seek to shape a future that flourishes with prosperity. I hope you will join us.  

2022 Fowler GSIC Report

Andrew Biros, Ed.D.

About the Author

Andrew Biros, Ed.D.

Andrew Biros is the Founding Director of Spark @USD Social Innovation Institute, at the Kroc School of Peace Studies. He leads a cohesive portfolio of high-impact initiatives that cultivates social entrepreneurs, produces knowledge for change makers, and connects students to action. This work includes overseeing and managing the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge and serving as Managing Editor of the USD Teaching Cases on Social Impact.