Koç University became Outreach Partner for GSVC in the Spring of 2011 overseeing the  Round One in Turkey. Beginning with Fall 2016, Koç University has become Regional Partner organizing both Round One and Regional Rounds for the competition.

As valuable partner to the GSVC, we engage students and faculty from many universities in Istanbul and across Turkey, in East European Countries, in the Balkan countries, and to aspring social entrepreneurs across Caucasus and the Middle East. By reaching out to this diverse stakeholder community of entrepreneurs, mentors, students, and representatives from the private, public and third sectors, Koç University serves an ambassador for social venture creation within the region that responsible for.  

Applicant teams from Turkey, East Europe, Balkans, Caucaus and the Middle East Region (except Israel and Lebanon) can apply for GSVC Round One through Koç University. From the Round One, 2-4 teams will be selected to move forward for the Regional Semi-Finals which will be virtually hosted by Koç University.  

A select number of teams will be chosen to move forward to the Regional Rounds which will be virtually hosted by Koç University. 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.

From the Regional Round, two teams will be selected as finalists and will then be flown to USA, for the final round of judging at Global Finals will be held on April 3-5, 2019 for the 20th anniversary at UC Berkeley.