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Santa Clara University's Eighth Annual Global Social Benefit Incubator Competition Opens on Social Edge, January 4, 2010
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009
Up to 20 participants to be selected to attend Summer 2010 session on a full scholarship.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2009—Now in its eighth year, the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI
The GSBI is a year-long capacity-building program for leaders of social benefit enterprises. The most visible part of the program is a motivating two-week, in-residence session, but the benefits last well beyond that, as participating social entrepreneurs continue to collaborate with the network of educators, professionals, peers, and mentors they develop while in Santa Clara.
This year’s GSBI application process starts January 4 on Social Edge, the online community for social entrepreneurs and a program of the Skoll Foundation. Information on the online process is available now at www.socialedge.org. Up to 20 participants who best demonstrate a sustainable and scalable approach to addressing urgent human needs throughout the world will each receive a full scholarship valued at $25,000 for the GSBI program, taking place August 14–28, 2010.
“Through access to world-class resources, GSBI participants are able to accelerate their innovations. This is a transformational program for people with the power and vision to change the world,” says Jim Koch, professor of management at Santa Clara University and co-founder and director of GSBI.
In the past, GSBI participants have come from dozens of countries including India, Namibia, Bangladesh, Jordan, Laos, South Africa, and Vanuatu. In addition to intensive coursework and mentoring focused on venture planning, beneficiary analysis, business models, metrics and successful scaling strategies, attendees benefit from the cross-cultural community of support they get at GSBI.
Special Emphasis on Electricity Providers in 2010
This year, the GSBI will have a special emphasis on enterprises that aim to provide electricity to the underserved in developing countries. Up to one-third of the Incubator spaces are being targeted for social entrepreneurs serving people and communities who are off the grid or suffer frequent disruptions in their energy supply.
First Deadline is January 15, 2010
Beginning Dec. 15, social entrepreneurs can visit http://www.socialedge.org/features/gsbi to preview the application exercises for GSBI 2010. Applicants can prepare the business planning exercises now and post them online starting Jan. 4. There is no application fee and the deadline for the first exercise is January 15, 2010.
The scholarships for winning applicants will cover tuition, room, and board for the two-week intensive immersion program. Selected participants are responsible for their travel expenses. The winners will be announced no later than April 3, 2010.
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