Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition 2012


Applications due


Competition Organizer

University of Washington Foster School of Business

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate - Global
  • Undergraduate - Global
Who's Eligible
Open to currently enrolled students at any higher education academic institution world wide. Business plans submitted by competitors must aim to alleviate a problem of poverty in developing countries, and also must demonstrate the Social Return on Investment.
Important Dates

The application period opens on July 1, 2011. Applications are due on November 9, 2011. GSEC Week teams will be selected in December of 2011 and must submit a final business plan by February 16, 2012. Final rounds of competition will take place on March 1, 2012 in Seattle, Washington, and will be followed by the Awards Banquet.

Competition Prizes

2012 Prizes will be announced soon. 2011 prizes totaled over $30,000.

Other Info

GSEC business plans are evaluated on three criteria: (1) effect on the quality of life and poverty alleviation in one or more developing economies; (2) financial sustainability; (3) feasibility of implementation.