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The CUBE at the Campus Y, a campus hub for social innovation, is hosting a video-based social innovation idea competition open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Carolina.

Participants have until April 15 to submit a 1-minute video that outlines the problem they want to address, why they believe the idea is important and the impact they believe their innovation could have.

The winner of the UNC Social Innovation Idea Competition will receive $1,000 in seed money that can be used to pursue the idea.

“We know far more about the world’s problems than about the world’s problem solvers,” says Mathilde Verdier, CUBE Coordinator at the Campus Y. “At UNC, we have come across very impressive social innovators but we know there are many more across the University and we want to get to know them. This competition will serve as a platform to celebrate Carolina students’ innovative ideas to effect positive social change.”

Verdier says the competition is designed to inspire students to come up with innovative ways to solve long-standing societal problems and employ an entrepreneurial mindset for tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems. Production is not taken into account as part of the judging criteria, just the idea, Verdier says.

More information about the competition and its rules can be found on the UNC Social Innovation Idea Competition website.

Published April 9, 2013.