Arizona State University’s Changemaker Central – Kaitlyn Fitzgerald

In partnership with Cordes Foundation, Ashoka U seeks to recognize globally relevant teaching, learning, and partnership practices that may be adapted and replicated across the field. To highlight some of the most high-impact and replicable innovations, Ashoka U and the Cordes Foundation will recognize six promising educational approaches in social entrepreneurship with the Ashoka U — Cordes Innovation Awards.

Established in the fall of 2011, Changemaker Central is a student-led university-based initiative with co-working spaces at all four Arizona State University (ASU) campuses. Changemaker Central supports students in community service, entrepreneurship, service learning, and high impact careers. Their social entrepreneurship programs include: 1) 10,000 Solutions, a collaborative online platform where students and community members can submit solutions for challenges they have identified and 2) the ASU Innovation Challenge that supports students in developing their idea, forming a team, identifying a mentor, creating a business plan, and pitching their idea to a panel of judges. The grand-prize winner receives $10,000 to implement his or her project. For example, G3 Box has been able to secure funding to manufacture medical clinics made from discarded shipping containers.