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A Global Competition to Launch the Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs using Technology for Good.

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Celebrating 20 years of impact in 2019, 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 using technology for good. Teams from across the globe learn how to design scalable models using the “Lean Startup” methodology, 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, Australia, and Latin America. Each partner 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 6,500 entries from more than 65 countries and distributed over $1M in funding. 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 with a technology component 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!

2018-19 Key Dates and Deadlines:

October 8, 2018, 6:00-8:30 pm: Innovators@Cal and GSVC Kickoff Event at UC Berkeley:
December 3, 2018: Application Deadline:
March 1, 2019: US-West Regional Finals (closed event)
April 3-5, 2019: 20th Anniversary Global Finals and Future of Social Ventures Conference at UC Berkeley

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