GSVC Application Process

In the First Round, Teams will apply by submitting the necessary documents through a common platform that will be available here by November 2014. Teams from Turkey, the Balkans and the MENA region address their applications to Koç University to be judged by a jury organized by GSVC @ KU.  

Teams can  submit their applications for GSVC @ KU through;

Application documents that are necessary for the First Round of GSVC;

-Executive Summary (1 page)

-Concept Deck (6 Slides)

-Summar of 10+ Stakeholder Interviews

-Team Resumes 


Submission deadline: December 5, 2014.

Guidelines and requirements for each round are below. Teams that do not adhere to these may be disqualified.

DEADLINE December 5 (global)

Semifinalists notified by January 1
February 12-27 (TBD by regions)

Finalists notified by March 1
March 31: Final deliverables due

April 8-10: Global Finals
  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Concept Deck (6 slides)
  • Summary of 10+ Stakeholder Interviews
  • Team Resumes
  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Concept Deck (11 slides + appendix)
  • Summary of 30+ Stakeholder Interviews
  • Team Resumes
  • Pitch Video (<2 minutes)
  • Presentation Deck
  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Concept Deck (11 slides + appendix)
  • Summary of 50+ Stakeholder Interviews
  • Team Resumes
  • Pitch Video (<2 minutes)
  • Presentation Deck

We will provide templates for the key deliverables outlined above.  In addition, we suggest that all teams use one of the following design frameworks to organize and guide the development of their social ventures:



To support entrant teams throughout the competition, we will curate and share a set of core resources, including:


  • Templates (concept deck, design frameworks)
  • Online resources (toolkits, articles, videos)
  • Webinars
  • Online office hours with experts


Submission Guidelines:

To enter the 2015 Global Social Venture Competition, teams must submit the following FOUR deliverables by December 5th, at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. The application and site to submit materials will be live in November.  Please fill in this interest form and we will let you know when the application is live.

The guidelines for each deliverable are described below.  Teams are invited, but not required, to use the templates provided.


  • Executive Summary (1 page)
  • Concept Deck (6 slides)
  • Customer Interview Summary Summary of 10+ Stakeholder Interviews
  • Team Bios


1. Executive Summary

  • Submit an executive summary using the following headings:
    • Social Venture Overview
    • Opportunity
    • Stakeholders
    • Market
    • Solution
    • Competitive Advantage
    • Go-to-Market Strategy
    • Impact
    • Financial Model
    • Team
    • Next Steps
  • Include an overview of your 5-year financial projections.
  • The executive summary should align with your concept deck.  Refer to the prompts in the concept deck template for further guidance.
  • The executive summary should be one page, single-spaced, 0.75 inch margins, and minimum 11-point font.

Template: Executive Summary Template


2. Customer Interview Summary

  • Understand the opportunity and test your concept by interviewing at least 10 existing or potential stakeholders, including customers, partners, and industry experts.  Insights from these interviews will play a key role in helping judges evaluate your business opportunity.  Please summarize your interviews in a 1-page document that includes a list of individuals interviewed (name, role, organization) with a direct quote from each.
  • The customer interview summary should be one page, single-spaced, 0.75 inch margins, and minimum 11-point font.

Template: Customer_Interview_Template


3. Team Bios

  • Submit an overview of your team.  For each member, list his/her current role and provide a brief bio that highlights relevant experience, skills, and expertise.  Provide the same set of information for any advisors your team has recruited.  Include LinkedIn profiles where possible.
  • The team bio page should be one page, single-spaced, 0.75 inch margins, and minimum 11-point font.

Template: Team Bio Template


4. Initial Concept Deck

  • Submit a presentation deck that contains six slides in the following order:
    • Social Venture Overview
    • Opportunity
    • Solution
    • Impact
    • Team
    • Next Steps
  • The template is intended to serve as a guide.  Each slide contains a set of optional prompts and tips to help teams present their work.
  • Teams are encouraged to incorporate logos, graphics, and images that convey the personality and brand of their venture.
  • Use a 14-point font minimum.

Template: Initial Concept Deck


Formatting Requirements for Deliverables:

  • Deliverables 1-3 should be grouped together in Adobe PDF file format (preferred) or Microsoft Word compatible text documents with the following file name: “TeamName_GSVC2015_Round1″
  • Submit the concept deck (PowerPoint preferred) as a separate document.  Include team name in the file path for each document.
  • The team name should appear on each page of each deliverable.
  • Text pages should be single-sided and single-spaced with 11-point font minimum and 0.75 inch margins.
  • Presentation deck should use 14-point font minimum.


(A select number of plans will be chosen to move forward to the Regional Semi-Final Rounds hosted by our Regional Partner, London Business School. Teams that advance to the semi-finals will have mentors, assigned by Koç University, to help them develop the full business plan of their social venture concept. Also, Koç University will fund the semi-finalist groups’ airfare and hotel expenses to attend the Regional Semi-Final Round in London. Those who are selected as finalists will then be flown to California, for the final round of judging at University of California, Berkeley.

Be sure to check this website once or twice a week for any new announcements or events.)



Ensure your venture is eligible

  • Submitted ventures should plan to be financially sustainable or profitable; whether it is a commercial business or a tax-exempt organization, your venture must have plans to be self-sufficient on earned revenue.
  • Submitted ventures must be scalable long term. This criterion will mean different things for each business plan. Scalability will take into account the potential for growth of the business, both financially and in its social impact.
  • Submitted ventures must have a quantifiable social and/or environmental bottom line incorporated into their mission and practices. 
  • Submmitted ventures cannot have been in operation for more than 3 years (with the start of the venture marked by first income or first patent, whichever occurred earlier) as of April 2014.
  • Submitted ventures may not be a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing entity (of either a for-profit or non-profit entity)

Ensure your team is eligible

  • Your team must include a graduate student from any masters-level or post-graduate higher education program in any area of study in the world (current or within two years of graduation as of June 2013) ; the student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., actively participating in development of the business plan or actively working on the business).
  • Your team should include a statement in the business plan describing the student's level of involvement.
  • The student or recent graduate must be one of the plan's presenters (and must be available to answer judges' questions regarding the business) in the final round of the competition.
  • Teams are strongly encouraged to include seasoned entrepreneurs and professionals with relevant skills and experience.

Other qualifications

  • A business plan cannot enter the competition in more than two consecutive years (but you can enter 2 years in a row).
  • A team cannot enter the competition more than twice. 
  • All plans in the final round must be written in English.
  • Your business plan must include a financial analysis as well as a Social Impact Assessment (SIA), including the Social Value Proposition and Social Indicators. Learn more on the SIA page of the website
  • Your plan must include a statement on what your team would do with the prize money.



Helpful Links on the GSVC website (Rules, Guidelines, Examples)