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ISB Global Social Venture Competition 2012

The Global Social Venture Competition is the world’s preeminent social business plan competition providing aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and prize money to transform their business ideas into positive real-world impact. Its mission is to catalyze new sustainable ventures that address significant social issues, build awareness of the social entrepreneurship field and educate future leaders.

Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the GSVC has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors and student organizers and a partnership of premier business schools in the US, Europe and Asia.

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Global Social Venture Competition Prizes

Every year entrant teams from around the world compete for $45,000 in prizes while gaining valuable professional feedback on their businesses. Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded over half a million dollars to promising social enterprises and introduced early-stage entrepreneurs to the venture capital community, creating a new generation of sustainable social ventures including Husk Power, Revolution Foods and d.light design.

The Global Social Venture Competition occurs over three rounds: an Executive Summary round, Regional Finals, and the Global Finals which take place at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. 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

To apply and know more about the competition: Visit

Competition Dates

December 27, 2011– Final Business Plan submission to ISB

January 7, 2012
Preliminary Evaluation of B-Plans

March 8-10, 2012
Regional Finals at the ISB

April 19-21, 2012
Global Finals at Haas, Berkeley

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