Global Social Venture Competition

Looking to start a business with social or environmental impact?

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) is a global competition that empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into fundable, scalable ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges.

Berytech is the local outreach partner of GSVC in Beirut. We offer one complete ecosystem for innovative entrepreneurs to create and develop their own startups.


Apply now to the GSVC and explore social entrepreneurship!


GSVC alumni  have revolutionized the health, food, education, and energy sectors. So can you!

What do I win?

Six months of incubation at Berytech which include:

  • Master classes
  • Work sessions
  • Access to workshops and events
  • Access to local and international networks
  • Matching with a mentor
  • Support in accessing grants

Travel to France to pitch at the Semi Finals in March covering flight and hotel expenses.

Six-month access to the Berytech Co-working Space

Coaching and preparation to present your Business Plan in the Semi Finals

Connections with pioneers in social entrepreneurship and impact investing

A chance to win $80,000 in the finals in Berkeley, California

Where can I apply?


 You can download the application form for the Global Social Venture Competition 2017 here.



What are the conditions to apply?

  • Project must be less than 2 years old on 31 December 2017
  • It should respond to a social, societal or environmental need
  • It should have potential for economic viability
  • It should have potential for long-term growth and replicability
  • It should have a social or environmental impact

The team on the project must include a student or a recent graduate* from any level of higher education (undergraduate, masters level/graduate, or Doctoral) in any area of study in the world; Young graduates must meet the following criteria:


*Recent students must meet the following criteria:

  • Recent Bachelor’s degree holders must have completed their degree with four (4) years of the application deadline (December 31, 2017).
  • Recent Master’s or Doctoral level degree holders must have completed their degree within two (2) years of the application deadline (December 31, 2017).The venture must not be more than two years old, as measured by first revenues or first patent, whichever occurred earliest.
  • Submitted ventures must not have received more than $250,000 in funding from venture capital, private investors, grants (government or foundation), loans, or other funding sources (excluding in-kind) as of December 31, 2017.
  • Lifetime revenue should not exceed $500,000 as of December 31, 2017.
  • A clear “double bottom line” or “triple bottom line,” as defined by solid potential for financial return on investment and a quantifiable social and/or environmental bottom line incorporated into its mission and practices.

A more detailed form of eligibility guidelines are available here.


 What is my deadline?

Complete the application form before Sunday October 15, 2017 at midnight.

How do I apply?

The application must be submitted in French or English. All questions must be treated in detail.

You will also need to provide the following documents:

  • An executive summary of 3 pages
  • A summary of interviews held with your stakeholders of 5 pages
  • CV and bio of the key people of the team/associates

Deliverables must be grouped together in a single Adobe PDF file named in this format “TeamName_GSVC_FirstTour”. The name of the team must appear on each page of each deliverable.

Email your files to

What happens after I apply?

A jury composed of members from Berytech, USJ and partner organisations will select six applications to pitch their project by October 23, 2017 in front of a final jury.

The six projects will receive a series of workshops to get prepared to pitch their project on November 16, 2017 in front of a final jury.

The final jury will select three projects for the Regional Semifinals in France. Winners will head out to the finals in Berkeley!


I have questions!

Contact us on or +961 4 533 040 and we’ll be happy to answer you.

Berytech is organizing support sessions on Friday, September 22 and 29, 2017. Book your session by contacting us on



Berytech has helped us to move from a volatile team into a robust start-up by connecting us with mentors and experts. They helped us shape our business plan and form a strategy by helping us connect with international bodies and potential partners in Europe and Middle East. GSVC gave us exposure to potential investors.” Antoine Skayem, Riego – Winner GSVC 2017

“The GSVC competition was a good opportunity to meet team from different places and to see how they function as social entrepreneurs, we were prepared well for the competition and everything was good. One of the disadvantages is that we didn’t test our application yet. We had one really good advantages on the business level that we had our business model defined and a good projection for the cash flow.” Nicolas Farah, LIMM – Winner GSVC 2017