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The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. In 2014, GSVC received 600 entries from nearly 40 countries. Previous years’ finalists include Husk Power, Revolution Foods, and d.light design.

2014 Global Social Venture Competition Global Finals and Conference

April 11, 2014 – Haas School of Business – University of California, Berkeley
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Announcing the First Place Winner of the 2014 GSVC Global Finals: Sampurn(e)arth



With tremendous growth witnessed in the past few decades, waste management has become one of the key dimensions of sustainability. Sampurn(e)arth provides context based decentralized solid waste management solutions which are environmental friendly, actively engages waste pickers and is profitable. We target contexts like Corporates, educational campuses, residential units, and provide solutions to manage both biodegradable waste (handled through compost units or biogas plants) and non-biodegradable waste (channelized to recyclers). Waste pickers are trained and employed to manage these systems. We also provide value added services like waste audit, awareness, recycled paper stationery, and manure utility. Initiated in 2010, Sampurn(e)arth was registered in 2012. Based out of Mumbai, today, we are a team of 17, have reached 40 clients, managed about 800 MT of waste, and engaged 7 wastepickers. In next few years, we are looking to reach a handling capacity of about 400-500 MT/day and engage about 1000 wastepickers.

Second Place Winner: Odyssey Sensors

Third Place Winner: Baisikeli Ugunduzi

Intel Emerging Markets/Technology Prize: Odyssey Sensors

People’s Choice Award: Khusela

Quick Pitch Award: Keri + Care

Presenting the 2014 GSVC Global Finalists


GSVC 2014 Global Finalists

Read about All of the Finalist Teams

Eighteen teams from around the world entered the final round of the competition. Read More >>