Announcement - 2005 Global Social Venture Competition is now open
- 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
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
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