GSVC Application Process

In the Executive Summary Round, teams submit an Executive Summary of their business plan to

Submission deadline: February 6, 2014.

(Executive Summaries are judged by a jury organized by GSVC @ KU.)


Submission Guidelines:

The following documents should be submitted as electronic versions:

  • 1. Executive Summary (up to 3 pages)
    • In PDF format
    • Not to exceed 3 pages (typed and double-spaced, 12 point font, and 1-inch margins on all sides) of text, charts, and diagrams
    • Executive Summary PDFs should be titled using the following convention: TeamName_GSVCExecSum_ExecSummary.pdf
  • 2. Team Resume Booklet
    • In PDF format
    • Each individual’s resume should not exceed one page in length
    • Resume booklet PDFs should be titled using the following convention: TeamName_GSVCExecSum_ResumeBooklet.pdf

(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)