Sunday, March 28, 2010

Global Social Venture Competition & Conference - Berkeley, CA - April 22 - 23

I love this!! Looking forward to the Awards Dinner & Keynote on Friday, April 23rd in Berkeley!

The Global Social Venture Competition is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentoring, exposure, and prizes for social ventures from around the world. The mission of the GSVC is to catalyze the creation of social ventures, educate future leaders and build awareness of social enterprises. The competition supports the creation of real businesses that bring about positive social change in a sustainable manner.

Each year, entrant teams from around the world compete for over $45,000 while gaining valuable professional feedback on their ventures.

The GSVC is organized by the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in cooperation with 5 Regional Partners and 4 Outreach Partners.

Regional Partners:
* Columbia Business School
* London Business School
* Indian School of Business
* Thammasat University, Thailand
* ESSEC Business School, France

GSVC Regional Partner schools host and run GSVC regional competitions and events, sending their top teams to compete at the Global Finals at UC Berkeley each April.

Outreach Partners:
* Yale School of Management
* Social Venture Competition Korea
* ALTIS Program, Business and Society, Catholic University, Milan, Italy
* Guanghua School of Management, University of Peking, China

GSVC Outreach Partners host a local or regional executive summary or full business plan judging round and send their finalist teams directly to a Regional Partner school round.

Since its inception in 1999, the GSVC has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to emerging social ventures and has introduced early-stage social venture entrepreneurs to the investment community. Nearly 25% of past GSVC entrants are now operating companies.

Read about previous year's winners here.

The Competition culminates in the Global Social Venture Conference. This year's Conference takes place April 22 - 23 at the Brower Center in Berkeley, California.

The Global Social Venture Conference is a two day event that comprises of our Global Finals competition for social entrepreneurship and a conference on cutting edge social impact issues. Over 300 leaders and innovators in social entrepreneurship, business, and academia will meet together for the two-day event and you will get the opportunity to engage with the next generation of social entrepreneurs while also networking with experts from across the social impact community. . Attend engaging panels covering topics such as innovative business models, funding, legal issues, global health, education, and the environment, participate in interactive workshops, and discuss the most recent trends and issues with leading and aspiring social entrepreneurs.

Register for the Conference (or just the dinner) here. I think early bird rates end April 9th.

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