Social Ideas to Global Ventures Workshop

Social Change is Serious Business – learn how you can contribute to market-based solutions that foster sustainable change developing countries:

* Register for the Social Ideas to Global Ventures Workshop, on Oct. 22, 2011

* Apply to the 8th annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) by Nov. 9, 2011 – GSEC is an international social venture competition where students present innovative, sustainable business proposals that alleviate poverty and affect positive social change in developing economies. GSEC 2012 semi-finalist teams will compete for $30,000 in prizes!

Saturday, October 22, 2011
8:30 – 5:30 pm
Paccar Hall, UW Foster School of Business


Special student rate: $20 / Non-students: $50 (Registration includes entrance to all sessions, lunch and refreshments, resource guide)

Learn how to harness the power of business to affect lasting change in developing economies! The first of its kind in Seattle, this workshop will provide students a foundational understanding of global social entrepreneurship in developing countries and outline the process of turning an idea into a viable business.

The workshop will provide a forum to train students, enable the exchange of ideas, and network for UW competitions like the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) and Business Plan Competition (BPC) opportunities. Open to all students!

Experts from regional organizations – such as Ashoka Seattle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Literacy Bridge, PATH, Social Venture Partners, and Village Reach – will provide practical guidance on how to create sustainable social ventures in developing economies through interactive sessions on marketing, management, law, and funding. Particular focus will be given to global health and technology.


Submit your best social business idea, Qualify as a semifinalist, Compete for $30,000 in prizes

**Apply online by November 9, 2011:

Why Participate?  GSEC is the place for students to learn about harnessing the power of commercial strategies to reduce poverty and affect positive social change in developing economies.

Each year, 15-20 semi-finalist student teams worldwide are selected from the applicant pool, paired with mentors and are invited to participate in GSEC Week, February 27 – March 2, 2012, in Seattle, WA. Throughout the process – from application to GSEC Week – students receive expert guidance, refine their business skills, develop their networks, and gain access to new resources.

GSEC Week teams present to 400+ professionals and compete for monetary prizes, awarded to teams that develop businesses with the most innovative solutions to problems of poverty and the best integration of financial and social returns on investment.

In 2012, GSEC will award $30,000 in prizes, including: grand, global health, and Information & Communication Technologies (ICT).

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