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Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition

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GSEC invited  17 teams to participate in the fast-pitched GSEC Week, where they pitched to over 500 professionals and competed for $34,000 in prizes. Read about the winners.

GSEC is 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.

Each year, GSEC brings the world to UW: semi-finalist student teams from around the globe are invited to Seattle for GSEC Week.  GSEC Week provides teams a world-class practical learning opportunity that includes visits to leading Seattle organizations, coaching and refinement of the business plan and pitch, valuable exposure to an extensive network of professionals, and dynamic cross-cultural interactions.

GSEC will award at least $34,000 in prizes plus in-kind awards, 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, Seattle International Foundation, the Grameen Foundation, and more.  Learn more.