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Institute For Leadership and Entrepreneurship

Global Social Venture Competition

First round applications are due December 4, please find a timeline of key dates below. If you are a team looking for mentorship or interested in participating without competing (e.g. judging, mentoring), please contact us at . Good luck!

Application and Participation Resources
Informational Flyer

Important Dates



November 2, 2017

Informational Mixer (Please RSVP)

December 4, 2017

First Round Applications Due (Virtual Submission)
TBD Regional Finalist Teams Notified
February 17, 2018 Regional Finals Application Submission Deadline
February 23, 2018 Regional Finals Preliminary Judging
March 9, 2018 In-Person Regional Finals
TBD Notify Global Finalists
Apr 11 - 13, 2018 Global Finals

Founding Partners

Net ImpactRay C. Anderson Sustainable Business


Mosley VenturesCenter for International Business Education and Research

About GSVC

Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) has evolved into a global network supported by an international community of volunteer judges, mentors, and student organizers. This partnership between premier business schools in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa aims to foster a new generation of business leaders that values the social and profit potentials of business. The GSVC achieves this goal by catalyzing and promoting for-profit and not-for-profit ventures that create and measure both social and financial returns.

Georgia Tech is a Full Regional Partner for the Global Social Venture Competition. Supported by the Institute for Leadership and Entrepreneurship, the Georgia Tech graduate chapter of Net Impact will be coordinating the first two rounds of competition for teams from the eastern half of the United States. Advancing teams will compete in the Global Finals, which will be held by the University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, California. 

The Global Social Venture Competition provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive, real-world impact. 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.

The GSVC Global Network

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