Trade your way to a debt-free graduation

Toro Trade-Up

The Innovation Incubator is hosting a challenge for CSUDH students to take 2021 Convocation swag and “Trade-Up” to the highest value they can. We have suggested a stretch goal of trading up to the value of their entire college tuition (It can be done!).

Do you have what it takes to go from “Swag To Riches”


This is based upon The Red Paper Clip Model made famous by Kyle MacDonald who traded up a simple red paperclip into a house!

CSUDH Fall 2021 enrolled students with access to CSUDH Blackboard.

Trade up for recognition and prizes including awards for:

  1. Presidential Award: The highest value final item
  2. Vice President’s Award: The most creative trade
  3. Provost Award: The best trade among Toros
  4. … and more!

The challenge begins on August 27th, 2021, and will conclude on November 30, 2021, at 11:59 PM.

You can do the entire challenge online (except, of course, for the physical trading of goods).

It’s easy! Take any of the official swag received from the 2021 CSUDH Convocation (or any swag you might have) and begin trading it up with other people. For example, trade that pen for a notepad, then that notepad for a book, and that book for a used backpack, and so on. Record each trade through the official Blackboard website or log it. The sky is the limit as to what you can trade up to! Trade all the way to the end of the challenge and beyond. Win awards and prizes and you get to KEEP whatever you trade up to!

Because why have a swag gift when you could have a cell phone? Why have a cell phone when you could have season tickets to the LA Galaxy? Why have Galaxy tickets when you could have no student debt at graduation? Trading is a valuable life skill and one that could change your fortunes. Go from “Swag to Riches” with some strategic effort and smart trades.

Debt Free Graduation using Toro Trade-Up Program.