The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowered the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing them with mentoring, exposure, and over $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges.
Teams from across the globe, including Lebanon, learned how to design scalable models through a process that emphasizes stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.
Founded at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1999, the GSVC evolved into a global network of 13 premier business schools, universities, and programs in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Each partner school and program was supported by vast regional and local networks that included other universities and organizations, student organizers, judges, mentors, and investors in the social impact, innovation, and entrepreneurship space.
Berytech managed the competition in Lebanon from 2013 to 2019, supporting Lebanese social entrepreneurs to develop their startups and giving them access to participate in the international finals.
As of December 2019, the Global Social Venture Competition ceased operations, replaced by a new initiative, Sustainable and Impact Finance (SAIF).