Global Social Venture Competition 2011


Executive summaries due


Competition Organizer

University of California Berkeley's Haas School of Business

Submission Date


Business Plan Submission Date


Awards Date


Total Prize Cash (US Dollars)


Competition Category
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Graduate - Global
Who's Eligible
Each entrant team must include a graduate business student from any business school in the world or an individual who has graduated from a graduate business program within the past two years. To qualify for the Competition, a proposed venture must:
  1. Plan to be financially sustainable or profitable; whether it is a commercial business or a tax-exempt organization, it must be self-sufficient on its earned revenue.
  2. Be scalable. This criterion will be unique for each business plan. Scalability will take into account the potential for growth of the business (and how well both the financial and social goals can be scaled). 
  3. Have a quantifiable social and/or environmental bottom line incorporated into its mission and practices. 
Important Dates

Executive summaries must be submitted by January 19, 2011. For the Western US Region, business plans are due on March 9, 2011. For the Eastern US Region, business plans are due on March 4, 2011.  Finalists will be announced on March 18, 2011. The Global finals competition will take place on April 9, 2011 in Berkeley, CA.

Competition Prizes

Blended Value prizes: 1st place - $25,000 , 2nd place - $10,000 3rd place - $5,000. The top Social Impact Assessment business plan will be awarded $5,000.

Other Info

The GSVC awards prizes to the business plans that show the highest, most integrated financial and social returns (i.e. blended value), as well as an award for Social Impact Assessment (SIA).