The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

By Jessica Colaço
  Published 10 Oct 2011
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The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

The University of Washington, Foster Business School brings you the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC), a leading-edge international social venture plan competition, where interdisciplinary student teams from around the world propose creative, commercially viable businesses aimed at reducing poverty in the developing world.

From innovative sanitation solutions in Kenya, to solar-powered modular power generators in Papua New Guinea, to prick-less anemia scanners in India, GSEC business plans demonstrate the power of business to create sustainable, positive change to some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

Why participate in GSEC? Each year, GSEC invites the world semi-finalist student teams from around the globe to Seattle for GSEC Week. Teams visit regional companies, receive expert coaching, present their business ideas to 400+ professionals, and compete for monetary prizes. GSEC 2012 will award at least $30,000 in prizes, including a GSEC grand, global health, and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) prize! The professional support to GSEC is unparalleled: annually more than 200 experts participate as mentors, judges, and sponsors. We welcome this invaluable support, from individuals atorganizationslike Costco, Gray Ghost Ventures, Microsoft, PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Smith Barney, Seattle International Foundation, the Grameen Foundation, and the Washington Global Health Alliance. This year will be the 8th annualGlobal Social Entrepreneurship Competition. The Application deadline is November 9, 2011.  Any enrolled university student – in any field, at any level of study – is eligible to apply. GSEC business ideas may focus on any subject area and must address a problem of poverty in developing countries. For more information on how to apply, the rules, prizes and the schedule, Click here
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