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Announcement - 2005 Global Social Venture Competition is now open

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    WHAT IS GSVC? GSVC is a business plan competition whose mission is to promote entrepreneurial businesses that satisfy two criteria: they have clear and
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      WHAT IS GSVC?
      GSVC is a business plan competition whose mission is to promote
      entrepreneurial businesses that satisfy two criteria: they have
      clear and quantifiable social objectives; and they are financially
      sustainable, in the sense that they are profitable or self-
      supporting through revenue generation. GSVC originated at the
      University of California at Berkeley Haas School of Business and is
      now a partnership that includes Columbia Business School and London
      Business School. The Goldman Sachs Foundation has supported the
      competition for the past three years.

      During last year's competition, four social ventures from the US
      and Europe took the top awards in the final round of the Global
      Social Venture Competition at London Business School. The winners
      shared $100,000 in cash and travel prizes that have helped the
      winning teams to launch businesses committed to creating significant
      positive social impact. This year's final competition will be
      held at the Haas School of Business in Berkeley, California, USA.

      HOW TO GET INVOLVED
      The first step to winning the Global Social Venture Competition and
      launching a successful social enterprise is to submit a short, 1-2
      (but no longer than 5) page Executive Summary about your business
      idea. Executive summaries are due on November 17, 2004.

      While an executive summary is not required for entry into the
      competition (a business plan is!), the submission of an executive
      summary allows us to match your team with a professional mentor.
      Past participants have attested that mentor guidance was invaluable
      as they wrote and revised their business plan.

      DATES & DEADLINES
      Executive Summaries Due (optional, but highly encouraged): November
      17, 2004
      Mentor-Entrant Day Workshops (optional)
      - at the Haas School of Business: December 4, 2004
      - at London Business School: December 4, 2004
      - at Columbia University: December 11, 2004
      Final Business Plans Due (required for entry): February 1, 2005
      Semi-Finalist Revised Business Plans Due: February 25, 2005
      Final Competition at Haas School of Business: April 15, 2005

      FOR MORE INFORMATION:
      For GENERAL INFORMATION about GSVC, please visit:
      http://www.socialvc.net

      For information about ENTRANT AND COMPETITION RULES, please visit:
      http://www.socialvc.net/index.cfm?
      fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=110&parentID=56

      For more information about DATES AND DEADLINES, please visit:
      http://www.socialvc.net/index.cfm?
      fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=116&nodeID=1
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