The HUC Social Ideas Challenge (SIC) is a contest developed by the Hemispheric University Consortium and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, which seeks to promote entrepreneurship with social impact through university communities. In this contest, the best ideas are sought at an early stage to help solve problems that affect our society. In this first version, institutions participating include: University of Miami (USA), Universidad Austral (Argentina), Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) and Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile). This year, the contest will focus on environmental challenges, within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Thus, ideas are sought to improve people’s life quality and the environment that surrounds us. We invite all students from the aforementioned universities to participate in the contest by submitting their proposals which should be at the conceptual level (ideas), not developed business plans or models!
Why do we want to do this? Social Entrepreneurship represents an invaluable tool when it comes to solving the main problems of our society and the world. Therefore, we consider that the first step is to propose ideas. Although these may not initially be carried out in projects or social ventures, learning to propose solutions can be essential in helping to change lives. Today an idea, tomorrow a reality.