Global Finals

At the GSVC Global Finals, teams from around the world compete in front of panels of leading experts in the fields of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and impact investing for a series of prizes totaling $80,000.

 

The multi-day event is held in alternating years at UC Berkeley and an international GSVC partner. Competing teams and attendees explore how social enterprises can drive transformational change, and examine the opportunities and challenges facing social entrepreneurs as they scale from local to global impact. Keynote speakers provide insight into topics that have included strategies for financing social ventures, global trends in social entrepreneurship, reverse innovation, intrapreneurship, and applying technological innovations to solve the world’s most pressing social problems.

“GSVC was different because the experience actually made our venture better.”

Sneha Sheth

DOST, 2016 Global Finalist

Past Judges and Speakers

Recent Winners

Harry West

CEO, frog design

Tracy Palandjian

CEO and Co-Founder,
Social Finance

Kirsten Tobey

Chief Impact Officer
and Co-Founder,
Revolution Foods

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong

Global Economic Advisor, MasterCard Worldwide

Past Judges and Speakers

Harry West

CEO, frog design

Tracy Palandjian

CEO and Co-Founder, Social Finance

Kirsten Tobey

Chief Impact Officer and Co-Founder, Revolution Foods

Yuwa Hedrick-Wong

Global Economic Advisor, MasterCard Worldwide

Recent Winners

2015

Drinkwell | USA

2016

Blitab | Austria

2013

Faso Soap | Burkina Faso

2014

Sampurn(e)arth | India

Scenes from the 2016 Global Finals in Bangkok, Thailand