The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into 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 13 premier business schools, universities, and programs in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Each partner school and program is supported by vast regional and local networks that include other universities and organizations, student organizers, judges, mentors, and investors in the social impact, innovation, and entrepreneurship space. In 2015, GSVC received more than 500 entries from close to 40 countries. GSVC has helped launch successful social ventures such as Kiva, d.light, Revolution Foods, Husk Power, Ethos Water, and World of Good.