Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.12
Liaison Amir Nadav
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of St. Thomas
IN-50: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Nana Yaa Bankah
Program Manager
Fowler Competitions - Schulze School of Entrepreneurship
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Leadership of the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

A social venture learning experience for students and entrepreneurs, the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (GSIC) has connected more than 2,500 innovators from 17 countries around the world — including Australia, South Korea, Rwanda, Ireland, Mexico and Peru — recognizing their outstanding social ventures based on positive impact and financial sustainability. Students can win up to $50,000 in seed funding for businesses at any stage. More than $500,000 has been distributed to seed approximately 600 innovative and promising global ventures.

The Challenge invites teams to engage with one or more of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Students can address any social or environmental problem of their choice as long as it is aligned with at least one of the Global Goals. Ventures at any stage are welcome to apply.

In 2019, St. Thomas joined forces with the University of San Diego on the Challenge. This year, St. Thomas will host the Global Finals, the final round of the competition in June. Twenty-nine universities (including St. Thomas) from 15 countries have registered to participate in this year’s Challenge.

We are submitting an exemplary practice credit for IN-25, Network for Student Social Innovation, which “recognizes institutions that are participating in external networks for institutions that support student social innovation.” Ashoka Changemaker U designation qualifies for the exemplary practice. Being one of two partners on the Fowler GSIC, St. Thomas goes above and beyond mere “participation” in an external network.

Supporting Documentation
Fowler Competitions 2020 Annual Report: https://issuu.com/schulzeschoolofentrepreneurship/docs/fowler_competitions_-_annual_report_fy2020

2021 Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge Global Finals Host Announcement

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Additional sources about St. Thomas student participation in the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenges:
Two St. Thomas Teams Chosen for Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge Finals

St. Thomas Team Places in Top Five at Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge Finals

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