The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) empowers the next generation of social entrepreneurs by providing mentoring, exposure, and over $80,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into ventures that address the world’s most pressing challenges. Teams from across the Globe learn how to design scalable models through a process emphasizing stakeholder discovery, business innovation, and social impact assessment.

Founded by MBA students at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1999, the GSVC has evolved into a global network of premier business schools, universities, and programs in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

Koç University became an Outreach Partner in the Spring of 2011. It was responsible for organizing GSVC Regional Semi-Finals for applicant teams coming from Turkey, the Balkans, the Caucuses, and Russia regions. Beginning with Fall 2016, Koç University has become a Regional Partner therefore, KU organizes both Round One and Regional Semi-Final rounds for the GSVC.