Application Process

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

-Executive Summary (3 pages) (Executive Summary Template)

-Summary of 10+ Stakeholder Interviews (Stakeholder Interview Template)

-Team Resumes  (Team Bio Template)


  First Round Regional Semifinal Round Global Finals Round
Details Teams submit initial information about their business idea. First round entrants are evaluated by our partner schools and competitions. A select number of teams will be chosen to move forward to the Regional Semifinal Rounds hosted by our regional partner schools and competitions. The top two teams from each Regional Semifinal Round will compete at the Global Finals at UC Berkeley.
Application Deadline  December 5, 2016 (for most regions) February/March 2017 (varies by region)  April 5-7, 2017
Areas of Emphasis
  • Vision
  • Opportunity
  • Value Proposition
  • Business Model
  • Basic Financial Model
  • Team
  • Key Stakeholders
  • Solution
  • Market Drivers
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Social Impact Assessment
  • Financial Projections
  • Mentors or Advisors
  • Traction
  • Go-To-Market Strategy
  • Action Plan
  • Risk & Key Considerations
  • Clear Ask
  • Executive Summary (3 pages)
  • Summary of 10+ Stakeholder Interviews
  • Team Resumes/Bios
  • Executive Summary (5 pages)
  • Pitch Deck (10 slides + optional appendix)
  • Summary of 30+ Stakeholder Interviews (total)
  • Team Resumes/Bios
  • Pitch Video (<2 minutes)
  • Executive Summary (5 pages)
  • Final Pitch Deck (10 slides + optional appendix)
  • Summary of 50+ Stakeholder Interviews (total)
  • Team Resumes/Bios
  • Pitch Video (<2 minutes)


Regional Semifinals - February/March 2017

The Regional Semifinals take place at each Regional Partner competition*. The Regional Semifinals are an opportunity for teams to provide deeper information on critical assumptions or characteristics of your business, as well as address any feedback received during Round One.


Two finalist teams from each Regional Semifinal Round will be selected to compete at the Global Finals. All participating teams will receive feedback on their ventures from the judges.

Deadline for this round is February 21, 2017. 

Required deliverables for this round include:

  • Executive summary (5 pages)
  • Summary of 30+ stakeholder interviews (cumulative, including the initial 10 interviews; 1-3 pages)
  • Team bios (see template below)
  • Pitch deck (10 slides + optional appendix; see template below)
  • Pitch video (<2 minutes)

*Please check with your regional partner competition representative to confirm process, dates, and deadlines for your Regional Semifinal Round.

Download the Executive Summary Template

Download the Stakeholder Interviews Template

Download the Team Bio Template

Pitch Deck

Submit a presentation deck that contains 10 slides covering the topics listed below. In addition, your deck may include up to 5 optional appendix slides.

  • Vision
  • Opportunity
  • Stakeholders
  • Market
  • Solution
  • Competitive Advantage
  • Go-to-Market Strategy
  • Social Impact
  • Financial Impact
  • Team
  • Next Steps

This presentation should be a visual support to your pitch. Teams are encouraged to incorporate logos, graphics, and images that convey the personality and brand of their venture. Use a 14-point font minimum.

Download additional Pitch Deck Guidelines

Pitch Video

Upload to YouTube, Vimeo, or another website a short video (less than 2 minutes) that brings your venture to life. This is a key opportunity for your team to tell your story, share your vision and explain how your venture works.

This should not be a “marketing video” that only presents your product or service. Instead, we want to hear from all the members of your team and learn in your own words why you’re doing what you’re doing as well as your current and hoped-for impact.

Note: If you already have a marketing video that overviews the product or service (also less than 2 mins), you may include a link in your submission; however, this is purely optional and the judging of this deliverable will only consider the team’s pitch video and will not take into account the marketing video.

Formatting Requirements for Deliverables:

  • Executive Summary, Stakeholder Interview Summary, Team Bios & link to Video on YouTube or Vimeo should be grouped together in Adobe PDF file format (preferred) or Microsoft Word compatible text documents with the following file name: “TeamName_GSVC2017_Regional”.
  • Submit deliverable 4, the pitch, as a separate document (PowerPoint preferred). 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-spaced with 11-point font minimum and 0.75 inch margins.
  • Pitch should use 14-point font minimum.




Eligibility Requirements for Ventures

  • Submitted ventures should aim to be financially sustainable or profitable; whether it is a for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid business model, your venture must aim to be self-sufficient on earned revenue.
  • Submitted ventures should be scalable long term. This criterion will mean different things for each business. 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.
    • Your entry 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.
  • Submitted ventures must be less than 2 years old (with the start of the venture marked by incorporation or first income, whichever occurred first) as of December 31, 2016.
  • Submitted ventures may not be a wholly owned subsidiary of an existing entity (of either a for-profit or non-profit entity).
  • Submitted ventures must not have received more than $250,000 in funding from venture capital, private investors, grants (government or foundation), loans, or other funding sources (excluding in-kind) as of December 31, 2016.
  • Lifetime revenue should not exceed $500,000 as of December 31, 2016.
  • GSVC has the right to investigate funding and qualifications of ventures to assure that they are truly early-stage.  

Eligibility Requirements for Teams

  • Your team must include a student, current or recent graduate*, from any level higher education program (undergraduate, masters level/graduate, or doctoral) in any area of study in the world; the student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., actively participating in development of the business or actively working on the business).
    • *Recent students must meet the following criteria:
      • Recent Bachelor’s degree holders must have completed their degree with four (4) years of the application deadline (December 31, 2016).
      • Recent Master’s or Doctoral level degree holders must have completed their degree within two (2) years of the application deadline (December 31, 2016).
    • The student or recent student must be actively involved in the venture (i.e., a founder or co-founder, actively participating in development of the business or actively working on the business).
    • Your team should include a statement describing the graduate student’s level of involvement.
    • The graduate student or recent graduate student must be one of the team’s presenters and must be available to answer judges’ questions regarding the business in the final two rounds of the competition.

    Other qualifications

    • A team cannot enter the competition more than twice.
    • Teams that have competed at the Global Finals may not enter more than once.  Regional Partners may put additional limits on the number of times that a team may compete at the regional level.
    • All submissions and presentations for the Global Finals round must be in English. Questions from the judges during the Global Finals may be translated from English to the team’s native language, but should be answered in English.




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