Marquette Business students take top honors at Social Innovation Design Challenge


December 10, 2013

Marquette Business senior Julius Lewiel took first place in the recent 2013 Social Innovation Design Challenge, an annual contest sponsored by the university’s Social Innovation Initiative. Lewiel was honored for his project,, a web-based for-profit company that aims to addresses unethical consumption – the practice of purchasing products and services produced in a way that does not take into account morals, ethics nor the negative impact that the products and services have on society or the environment.

Student-led teams in the Social Innovation Design Challenge must deliver seven- to nine-minute presentations that address a social problem and how their social innovation design will attack root causes in order to solve it.

As his prize, Lewiel will receive help in attending the AshokaU Conference in February at Brown University and earn automatic entry into the 2014 Midwest Social Innovation Start-Up Challenge.

Marquette Business students fared well in this year’s contest, which had more than 20 registered teams. Runners-up included:

  • Undergraduates Michael Ebbing and Rebecca Steffen for “Plastic Recycling”
  • Undergraduates Brennen Houge, Eric Castro-Werner and James Westfall for “The Fresh Express”
  • MBA student Tyler Herman for “Aliac”