Global Social Venture Competition





A Global Competition to Launch the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs.

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and prize money to transform their ideas into fundable, scalable ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.

Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1999, the GSVC has evolved into a global network of premier universities and programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Each partner school and program is supported by a network that includes other universities and organizations, judges, mentors, and investors focused on social impact, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Since its inception, the GSVC has received more than 5,000 entries from more than 50 countries. GSVC has helped launch successful social ventures such as Revolution Foods, d.light, Husk Power, Ethos Water, Sanergy, and World of Good.

Early-stage social ventures from across the globe with at least one undergraduate or graduate student or recent alum are invited to apply to the GSVC each December. The Competition culminates each April at the Global Finals event where the top teams from each region compete for $80,000 in prize money.

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Are you a UC Berkeley Student or Alumni looking for team members? Register your startup at Bear Founders!

2018 Key Dates and Deadlines:

December 4, 2017: Application Deadline,
March 16, 2018: Future of Social Ventures Conference & US-West Regional Finals
April 11-13, 2018: Global Finals in Milan, Italy

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GSVC is a proud partner of Berkeley BEGIN, UC Berkeley’s gateway for entrepreneurs and innovators.