Impact X

In September 2015, all 193 countries of the General Assembly adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of their 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The SDGs is a holistic framework for achieving sustainable development for all. Students lead change by forming startups that make a profit, while solving social and/or environmental problems as identified by the SDGs. Since its inception, Impact X has formed over 60 startup teams that have created innovative, for-profit solutions that improve people’s lives and the planet. 

Impact X is classified as a sustainability focused course as part of the College’s quality enhancement plan (QEP), “Sustainability Literacy as a Bridge to Addressing 21st century problems.” Adopting the United Nations framework of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Impact X students address two specific sustainability focused Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):

  1. (SLO 1) Identify various elements of sustainability and relationships between them
  2. (SLO 6) Design a solution to a given sustainability problem.

The formation of sustainable startups guided by the SDGs is supported by a team of mentors, guest speakers and our Social and Environmental Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Stuart M. Williams. Impact X students pitch on Demo Day for up to $10,000 to help fund their sustainable startups that "make a profit, while making a difference."

2020 Demo Day | April 23rd | Wells Fargo Auditorium

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