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Social Innovation Competitions and Courses

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Social innovation competitions and social innovation courses are some of the best ways to refine your skills and bring your socially good projects to life! You can meet other likeminded people, learn new concepts, and get a kick start on your venture idea. We’ve curated a list of our favourite social innovation competitions and social innovation courses. Let us know in the comments if you have any to add!

Social Innovation Competitions

European Social Innovation Competition - A €150,000 challenge prize by the European Commission for the three best ideas to support the reception and integration of refugees and migrants in Europe.

Dell Social Innovation Challenge - Entrepreneurship competitions in partnership with socially conscious communities.

Global Social Venture Competition - The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges.

Environment Yes - A venture designed to develop business awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship in UK environmental postgraduate students and postdoctoral scientists.

Hult Prize - The Hult Prize Foundation is a start-up accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs emerging from the world’s universities.

Nesta Challenge Prize Centre - Using prize challenges to help solve long term social challenges.

TFF Challenge - A challenge to develop breakthrough projects that address the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.

Berkerley-Haas - This Global Social Social Venture Competition catalyzes ventures that create and measure both social and financial returns.

Social Innovation Courses

Oxford department for continuing education social entrepreneurship course - Students in the course will learn how social entrepreneurs have developed creative solutions to address social problems.

Social innovation self paced course - Learn what social innovations are and how they can be developed.

Stanford centre for social innovation - The Center for Social Innovation (CSI) educates the future leaders of social and environmental change.

PlusAcumen Design Kit - The Course for Human-Centered Design is a seven-week curriculum that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.

Brown University social innovation fellowship - The Social Innovation Fellowship is an award-winning program that provides 15-20 students with $4,000 to build a social venture over the summer, supported by a year of intensive skills training, complementary coursework, and a community of social entrepreneurs offering mentorship and critique.