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Global Social Venture Competition

15 April 2008

ATTENTION: Business, energy, health and international reporters and editors

Contact: Ute Frey, Haas School of Business
(510) 642-0342 frey@haas.berkeley.edu

The 9th annual Global Social Venture Competition at the University of California's Haas School of Business. Ten business school teams from the United States, Indonesia, Taiwan and France will present their plans for businesses with both a financial and a social or environmental bottom line. The finalists' business ideas range from microbial fuel cells and safe syringes to socially responsible outsourcing to Africa. Plan summaries are online. The business plan presentations are open to the public.

The 2008 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship will cap off the competition. It will feature keynote addresses and panels as well as the announcement of and presentation by the competition's Social Impact Assessment Prize winner, chosen from one of this year's finalist teams.


  • Global Social Venture Competition: 8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Friday, April 18
  • 2008 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship (registration required): 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday April 19


  • Global Social Venture Competition: Wells Fargo Room, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley; online map.
  • 2008 Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship: UC San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center; online map and directions.

Pamela Hartigan, founding partner of Volans Ventures and founding managing director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and Jason Green, general partner of Emergence Capital Partners, among others.

The competition was founded by five Berkeley MBA students at the Haas School of Business in 1999 and has since then grown into an international partnership between the Haas School, Columbia Business School, London Business School, Indian School of Business and Yale School of Management. Thammasat University in Thailand, ESSEC Business School in France, the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a consortium of business schools in South Korea called Social Venture Competition Korea provided additional support by soliciting MBA teams from their respective international regions.

The Global Social Venture Competition is the largest and oldest student-led business plan competition providing mentorship, exposure and financial awards to emerging social ventures from around the world.

For more information, visit the Global Social Venture Competition website or the GSVC Symposium website.