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Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, home of the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI), believes innovation and entrepreneurship provide a path out of poverty. We build the capacity of entrepreneurs dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing issues. Executive mentorship combined with structured curriculum are the foundation of our theory of change. Based in the heart of Silicon Valley at Santa Clara University, we combine Silicon Valley acumen and a drive to eradicate poverty and support social entrepreneurs around the world through their entire lifecycle.

Accelerator / Incubator

OVERVIEW

Description

GSBI offers three distinct capacity development programs for social entrepreneurs and on-going support for alumni. Each program involves high engagement among entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley mentors, and program staff.

GSBI has helped more than 570 social enterprises build sustainable, scalable business models to benefit the lives of 160 million people worldwide. $197 million has been invested in GSBI alumni organizations.

Apply at http://www.scu-social-entrepreneurship.org/gsbi-apply/

PROGRAM DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS

Program Details

The GSBI works with entrepreneurs whose organizations are addressing the worlds most pressing problems with market-based solutions. This includes for-profits, non-profits, and hybrids with impact in base of pyramid communities, or, whose primary beneficiaries are living below the poverty line. The social entrepreneur who attends should hold a senior leadership role within the organization, with the authority to make top-level strategic decisions.

This program is for leaders of social enterprises that:
- Place equal or greater emphasis on social impact vs. financial return
- Serve the underserved (those that for reasons of economics, gender, geography, etc. have unequal access to energy, clean water, information and communication technology, education, health, or economic development and livelihood opportunities)
- Address a problem that affects more than one million people worldwide
- Have a product or service with measurable social impact

The social entrepreneur must be committed to creating an organization that:
- Is capable of attaining financial sustainability
- Reaches increasingly larger numbers of beneficiaries
- Systematically measures their social impact

Minimum eligibility for the program:
- Demonstrated impact in base of pyramid communities

For more Information

scu.edu/gsbi

SUPPORTING VENTURES IN THESE SECTORS

  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Culture, Handicrafts
  • Civic Participation
  • Clean and Green Technology
  • Communications / Media / ICT
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Distribution / Supply Chain
  • Education
  • Employment, Livelihood, Income Generation
  • Energy
  • Enterprise Development, SME
  • Environment, Climate Change
  • Fair Trade, Organic Products
  • Financial Serv./Inclusion, Microfinance
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health
  • Housing, Shelter, Homelessness
  • Mobile
  • Natural Resources / Conservation
  • Other
  • Peace and Security
  • Sanitation, Waste Management
  • Tech
  • Training, Technical Assistance Services
  • Water
  • Web, SaaS, Online Tech
  • Women, Girls

supporting ventures in these regions

  • Antarctica
  • Central Asia
  • Europe
  • Global
  • India
  • Latin America
  • Middle East / North Africa
  • Oceania
  • Southeast Asia
  • Subsaharan Africa
  • US, Canada

TYPES OF COMPANIES ACCEPTED

  • For Profit
  • Non-Profit
  • Hybrid