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An intensive, 9 day residential program is at the core of GSBITM Accelerator. Each August, the GSBI Accelerator cohort comes to Santa Clara University for a business "bootcamp" where participants stress test their business model and business plan through curriculum, presentation, and feedback sessions.
The curriculum for GSBI Accelerator continues to evolve, drawing from our network of thought leaders for input. Notable contributors include Geoffrey Moore in market creation, Kevin Starr in designing for impact, Jeff Miller in vertical market strategy, Al Hammond in distribution, Jason Fairbourne in micro-franchising, Charly Kleissner in financing alternatives, and Radha Basu in social venture leadership. The successes of GSBI Alumni also provide valuable case study materials contributing to the GSBI laboratory of thought leadership.
A social entrepreneurs' typical day includes eight hours of classroom work led by presenters from business, academia, and successful social enterprises. Classroom instruction includes large and small group sessions with content covering theory and practice, utilizing case studies and distinguished Silicon Valley experts to stimulate discussion and reflection. The collaborative teams formed during this time often extend beyond the residential program. Sessions are followed by two to three hours of evening work in which social entrepreneurs work together and with their mentors to develop organizational plans, business models, presentations, and tactical plans.
We believe that the in-residence immersion period is essential. It creates a physical environment for social entrepreneurs to communicate and work while stimulating the culturally appropriate adaptation of best-of-breed concepts and practices. Social entrepreneurs bring their passion, innovation, personality, and experience the GSBI community. They share experience and opportunity while learning strategies for growth and maximized impact.