Monday, October 30, 2006

2007 Global Social Venture Competition

The Global Social Venture Competition is a great event: bringing the talents of business school students from around the world to bear on society's pressing problems. I have been a judge twice in the last five years, and the quality of the business plans being judged has simply soared over that time period.

I just found out about a matching making blog for the 2007 GSVC, where social groups can link up with students who want to work on a business plan. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there will be an in-person meeting as well on matchmaking at UC Berkeley's Haas Business School, on November 17, 2006. Here's some information on this, that I clipped from an email.

Who should attend?

Any social entrepreneur in the Bay Area who has at least a reasonably well-developed business idea or venture. Though there is no particular restriction on industry, the goal of the venture must include a focus on social impact as well as financial sustainability. The individual or team behind the venture should also have identified the role(s) in which an additional graduate student resource would be valuable.



Any graduate student interested in contributing to the build-out of a socially responsible business. Students must reside in the Bay Area and have the willingness, time and energy to commit to helping develop an idea in his or her area of interest.



Teams interested in attending this event should be planning to submit their business plans to the 2007 GSVC. The executive summary deadline for GSVC is January 17, 2007. Further dates and details about the competition can be found at http://www.socialvc.net.



When and Where is the Event?

Friday, November 17, 1PM – 4PM
Faculty Club (Seaborg Room), University of California, Berkeley


How do I RSVP?

Please send an email to Jesse Purewal (jsp311@gmail.com) by October 27th. Be sure to include:

Name, Organization/University
Are you a graduate student seeking a venture or a venture seeking a graduate student resource?
If a graduate student, please include your area(s) of interest
If a venture, please include a 1-2 paragraph overview of the venture as well as a brief description of the role(s) a graduate student could play in the development of the venture


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