Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge — Supporting Sustainability
Marty Goodman is a longtime Las Vegas entrepreneur who leads Henderson Properties, Inc., and has extensive experience in volunteer roles with nonprofits. Having taught real estate within the MBA program at the University of San Diego, Marty Goodman also served on the board of the institution’s Center for Peace and Commerce (CPC). The center represents a next-generation partnership between the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies and the School of Business.
Among the initiatives supported by the CPC is the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge (Fowler GSIC), which focuses on entrepreneurs committed to operating within an emerging paradigm of sustainable change. Organized as a student-led social venture pitch competition, the challenge encourages participants to develop an in-depth understanding of a particular environmental or social issue, as well as shortcomings in solutions current being deployed.
After viable business plans have been created, teams pitch their prospective solutions to a judge panel in hopes of receiving as much as $50,000 in resources and funding. In addition to seed funding, recipients from as far afield as Ghana, Ireland, and Mexico have received mentoring and feedback from experienced professionals through the Fowler GSIC program, as well as extensive networking opportunities.