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m:lab By Jessica Colaço / October 10, 2011

The Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition


The University of Washington, Foster Business School brings you the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC), a leading-edge international social venture plan competition, where interdisciplinary student teams from around the world propose creative, commercially viable businesses aimed at reducing poverty in the developing world.

From innovative sanitation solutions in Kenya, to solar-powered modular power generators in Papua New Guinea, to prick-less anemia scanners in India, GSEC business plans demonstrate the power of business to create sustainable, positive change to some of the world’s most challenging social problems.

Why participate in GSEC?

Each year, GSEC invites the world semi-finalist student teams from around the globe to Seattle for GSEC Week.  Teams visit regional companies, receive expert coaching, present their business ideas to 400+ professionals, and compete for monetary prizes.

GSEC 2012 will award at least $30,000 in prizes, including a GSEC grand, global health, and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) prize!

The professional support to GSEC is unparalleled:  annually more than 200 experts participate as mentors, judges, and sponsors.  We welcome this invaluable support, from individuals at organizations like Costco, Gray Ghost Ventures, Microsoft, PATH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Smith Barney, Seattle International Foundation, the Grameen Foundation, and the Washington Global Health Alliance.

This year will be the 8th annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition. The Application deadline is November 9, 2011.  Any enrolled university student – in any field, at any level of study – is eligible to apply. GSEC business ideas may focus on any subject area and must address a problem of poverty in developing countries.

For more information on how to apply, the rules, prizes and the schedule, Click here

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

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