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UC Berkley

Global Social Venture Competition


GSVC is a social entrepreneurship competition hosted by UC Berkeley, along with Georgia Tech as their Eastern Region partner. There is no entry fee, no travel, and no in-person presentation required until the finals. For the finals, our sponsors fund your travel to UC Berkeley to present your business for $80,000 in prizes.

First Round submissions are due on December 4thClick here for more details on GSVC!


Additional details for the competition are below.


Team Entry Requirements:

  • Your team must include a student, current or recent graduate, from any level of higher education (undergraduate, masters level/graduate, or doctoral) in any area of study in the world;
  • No entry fee
  • No limit to the number of applicants from a particular program or university
  • Full Eligibility Requirements here


Competition Benefits:

  • Global Reach – In 2017, the GSVC received over 600 entries from prestigious schools in 65 countries
  • Collaboration – Teams are encouraged to collaborate with professionals, seasoned entrepreneurs, and students from other schools
  • Networking – The competition introduces early-stage social venture entrepreneurs to the investment community. Nearly 25% of past GSVC entrants are now operating companies
  • Prizes – Since its inception, the GSVC has awarded more than a quarter of a million dollars to emerging social ventures


Competition Structure and Deadlines:

  • Executive Summary, Concept Deck and Interviews submitted online (12/4/17, hosted by Georgia Tech)
  • Semi-Finals materials submitted online (2/17/18, hosted by Georgia Tech)
  • Regional Finals (3/9/18, hosted by Georgia Tech)
  • Global Finals presentations (4/11/184/13/18, hosted in Milan)