Competing in GSVC

The Global Social Venture Competition is the world’s preeminent social venture competition providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world impact.


GSVC leads entrant teams through an experiential learning process to develop innovative, scalable solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.  Through our global network of 13 partner schools and competitions, we give teams the connections, support, and exposure needed to advance their social ventures.


The competition occurs over three rounds. The first two rounds are run through the GSVC global partner schools and competitions. During each round of the competition, social entrepreneurs present the social, financial, and environmental values of their business, gaining valuable feedback from and exposure to some of the greatest minds in social innovation.

First Round 

In the First Entry Round, teams submit initial information about their business idea.  The first round deliverables include an executive summary,  concept deck, customer interviews, and team bios.  First round entrants are evaluated by our regional partner schools and competitions.

The entry deadline for all regions is December 5, 2014.  Apply through our submissions page.

Regional Semifinal Round

A select number of teams will be chosen to move forward to the Regional Semifinal Rounds hosted by our regional partner schools and competitions. Teams that advance will expand on their First Round entry to compete in Regional Semifinal Rounds.

Global Finals

The top two teams from each Regional Semifinal Round will be selected to compete April 8-10, 2015 at the Global Finals at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, which will consist of two consecutive rounds. Teams will resubmit their deliverables and supporting documents, with the opportunity to make revisions post Regional Semifinals, for the Global Finals Round.

Winners are announced at the culmination of the Global Finals event and prizes are awarded as follows:

1st place: $25,000
2nd place: $15,000
3rd place: $7,500
People’s Choice Award: $1,500
Quick Pitch Award: $1,000