Serving Social Entrepreneurs

Based in the Miller Center at Santa Clara University in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) supports social entrepreneurs who are developing innovative solutions that provide a sustainable path out of poverty. 

At Every Stage of Development

Founded in 2003, GSBI is a pioneer in the field of social-enterprise capacity development.

We support social entrepreneurs at every stage of their organizations’ lifecycle: start-up, early-stage, and mid-stage. Our programs offer rigorous, in-depth mentoring and connections to Silicon Valley investors and donors. Programs are offered to for-profits or non-profits. Each program is cost-free to the social entrepreneur. 

GSBI Boost (start-up):

GSBI Boost is a 3-day workshop for start-up stage social entrepreneurs to learn business fundamentals and improve their strategic thinking. The key benefit: a business plan that demonstrates impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability. 

GSBI Online (early-stage):

GSBI Online is a 6-month training program for early-stage social entrepreneurs to improve their business model and growth strategy, and present their plans in a compelling manner. The key benefit: a viable strategy for growing the enterprise in a financially sustainable manner with a validated business model. 

GSBI Accelerator (mid-stage):

GSBI Accelerator is a 10-month program for mid-stage social entrepreneurs to address internal gaps in their organizations and to prepare for the investment process. The goal is to enable social enterprises to scale. The key benefit: a strategy for expanding to serve new beneficiaries or serving existing customers or beneficiaries with additional products or services. 

The Results

As of last count, the hundreds of social enterprises trained by GSBI programs have gone on to raise $96 million collectively and positively impacted the lives of over 110 million people worldwide.


Important Dates

GSBI Online Deadline: Apr. 22

GSBI Accelerator Deadline: Oct. 16

Macarena Hernández and the 2014 GSBI Accelerator class talk about the benefits of the program

Social Entrepreneur Sanga Moses shares how the 2014 GSBI Accelerator improved Eco-Fuel Africa.