Accelerator for Social Entrepreneurs

The GSBI Accelerator aims to scale high potential and advanced social enterprises. We offer social entrepreneurs in-depth mentorship, structured learning, and access to a Silicon Valley network. 

For 10 months, each entrepreneur talks weekly with 2 Silicon Valley mentors to improve every aspect of their organizations to move forward on a path to scale. 

Online Pre-work (February - July): 

Social entrepreneurs collaborate remotely with mentors to work on several lessons designed to identify, analyze, and resolve gaps in the organization. Social entrepreneur and mentor teams build a strong working relationship and plot where the enterprise is on its path to scale. The social entrepreneurs master business planning concepts and the vocabulary used by investors. Together the teams prepare the business plan, financials, diligence folder, and other materials that will be used during the in-residence and beyond. 

In-Residence (August): 


The highlight of the GSBI Accelerator is a 9-day in-residence program in August, when the entrepreneurs travel to Santa Clara University to learn from industry experts and each other. 

The in-residence, or "boot camp" portion will be the most intense and most rewarding phase of the GSBI Accelerator. Most days are deep dives, in which pieces of the social entrepreneur's business plan and enterprise operations will be critiqued by experts, mentors, and fellow social entrepreneurs. 

The in-residence allows working teams to

  • Address gaps in the businesses

  • Refine pitches, business plans, and operating plans 

  • Receive live instruction and support from mentors and content leads

  • Draw upon the networking and resource opportunities of Silicon Valley

Investor Showcase (August):

At the end of the 9-days, the social entrepreneurs pitch to Silicon Valley investors and introduce themselves in one-on-one meetings. Entrepreneurs will deliver 6-minute presentations that will be simulcast to a global audience, followed by private investor meetings. The audience members are potential investors, donors, advisors, board members, and mentors. See the introduction to the Investor Showcase below and all pitches here.

Implementation (September - December): 

Social entrepreneur and their mentors will continue to meet regularly during this time period to further develop and implement the strategic initiatives and tactical steps. The Miller Center is available for consultations on issues as they arise, including support in closing financing deals. 


The program will end with a Gratitude Ceremony webinar in December. This event will celebrate the achievements of the cohort and provide an opportunity to reflect on the various milestones throughout the year. 


Who Should Apply: 

  • For-profit or Non-profit
  • Social impact mission
  • Operational for 3+ years
  • Validated business model
  • Proven technology, product, or service
  • Preparing to scale impact 

What You Gain:

  • Two Silicon Valley mentors
  • Financial plan for scaling
  • Organizational development
  • Talent management
  • Marketing strategy and execution
  • Operational excellence at scale

Important Dates:

Apply By: October 16

Social entrepreneur Mark Davies explains how the GSBI Accelerator program helped Esoko. 

Social entrepreneur Catlin Powers from One Earth Designs shares her GSBI Accelerator experience.

Social entrepreneur Audra Renyi talks about World Wide Hearing and the GSBI Accelerator program.

Participants in the Current GSBI Accelerator Program

African Clean Energy (ACE)

South Africa
Judith Joan Walker
African Clean Energy (ACE) is a Lesotho based company that produces an efficient biomass cookstove.
Impact: Sold 25,000 stoves to date, and substantially improved the lives of an estimated 100,000 people.

Aquasafi Purification System

Pavin Pankajan
AquaSafi has established state-of-the-art water purification units across several villages in Gadag district in Karnataka, India.
Impact: Established 101 water stores in 100 villages. Each store delivers water to a minimum 200 households. In total, the water stores provide clean drinking water to around 100,000 people every day. 

Banka BioLoo

Sanjay Banka
Banka BioLoo installs biotoilets (or bioloos) to treat human waste using bacterial culture, which eliminates the need for excreta disposal and treatment.
Impact: Installed over 570 public and private facilities with over 25,050 daily users. Approximately 1,252,500 kg of waste is treated per year and 115,000 liters of water are recycled daily. Moreover, they give employment to 70+ people to maintain the toilets. 

Carbon Roots International

Eric Sorensen
Carbon Roots International converts agricultural waste biomass to carbon char dust, to produce renewable green charcoal cooking briquettes.
Impact: Created over 150 jobs, paid smallholder Haitian farmers over $40,000 in direct income for their raw materials, and produced over 200 tons of green charcoal. The charcoal saves over a kiloton of tree wood saved.  

Columba Leadership

South Africa 
Rob Taylor
Columba Leadership is a youth development brand that has a proven values-based program to transform disadvantaged youth into agents of change and role models.
Impact: Since 2009, Columba Leadership has run 145 academies and produced over 2000 graduates. 

Empower Generation

Anya Cherneff
Empower Generation trains rural women as energy entrepreneurs and weave a clean energy distribution network.
Impact: EG’s women-led distribution business includes 7 women-led businesses that employ a network of over 50 administrators, technicians, and sales agents. The network has made over 10,000 solar sales and gave over 34,000 people cleaner, safer, and less expensive homes.


Prashanth Venkataramana
Essmart builds an essential marketplace for life improving technologies in places where people already shop, local retail stores scattered throughout the rural landscape. These technologies move from manufacturers into the hands of people who most need them.
Impact: Operate 6 distribution centers and work with a network of over 510 local retail shops, some of which have improved their earnings by 10% since starting to work with Essmart. Sold over 6,500 life-improving technologies and impacted over 26,000 end users. 

Gastromotiva - Food HUB

Renata Szeles
Gastromotiva - Food Hub provides culinary training and kitchen rental space for micro-entrepreneurs to build their businesses and to advance their careers in the food industry.
Impact: Trained over 1,000 people. 

ICT for Development

Jonathan Mativo
ICT for Development delivers community-based ICT and job training.
Impact: Trained 17,311 people in 3 countries in 3 years.


Rebecca Kaduru
KadAfrica produces and sells passion fruit and other horticulture products while training rural girls to manage an agribusiness while learning curriculum based skills such as gender empowerment, money management, and entrepreneurship.
Impact: Over 962 out-of-school girls in Western Uganda have begun passion fruit farms. More than 600 girls have been provided land and begun clearing for planting. There are 19 passion fruit growing cooperatives and 60,000 quality seedlings planted on 92 acres of rent-free land. More than 23,000 kilograms of passion fruit produced, purchased, and transported to date. 

Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA)

Global - South Africa, Bangladesh, India, Nigeria
Kirsten Gagnaire
MAMA provides health messages to expecting women and their families via their mobile phones tailored to the baby's age. 
Impact: In two years, reached nearly 2 million women with our own programs and close to 1 million more via organizations who use our content.

Multi-link Investments Group

Michael Njoroge 

Multi-link’s range of stoves offer clean cooking solutions that save our customer’s money, time and health.
Impact: 25,012 stoves have been sold. 

Naandi Community Water Services

Anoop Ratnaker Rao
Naandi Community Water Services builds and operates Community Water Centers (CWCs) with a promise to provide safe, reliable and affordable water in rural India.
Impact: Gave access to safe drinking water to over 500,000 people, in 375 villages.

Naya Jeevan

Pakistan, Mexico
Dr. Asher Hasan
Naya Jeevan provides the working poor in Pakistan, earning $50-$250 per month, with an integrated health insurance plan which includes access to a nationwide network of more than 250+ quality private hospitals, outpatient clinics, blood labs, and diagnostic imaging centers.
Impact: Enrolled more than 100 institutional clients, exceeding a cumulative enrollment of over 60,000 members over the past 5 years with nearly 14,000 active corporate members. Some of Naya Jeevan’s larger clients include Unilever, Sanofi, Philips and Pfizer.


Dr. Haywood Hall
PACE MD provides innovative solutions for community based training in emergency care and community health improving efficiency and quality of care.
Impact: Trained and certified over 30,000 health providers --10,000 obstetrics-- in emergency response protocols in Mexico. An additional 2,000+ have been trained in local community first aid protocols. 

Practice Makes Perfect

United States
Karim Abouelnaga
For students in low-income neighborhoods in New York who are most susceptible to the achievement gap, Practice Makes Perfect provides a summer enrichment program that eliminates the “summer slide” in five short weeks.
Impact: Served over 550 inner-city youth in New York City and Washington D.C.

Rangsutra Crafts India

Rahul Noble Singh
Rangsutra provides a trustworthy platform, access and exposure to a market for artisans and farmers, living in remote villages and facing tough gender biases.
Impact: Reached a base of approximately 3,000 artisans in remote villages, of which, 1,800 are shareholders of the company. Every artisan earns at least the state's minimum wage.

The Youth Banner

Wamuyu Mahinda
The Youth Banner (TYB) is addressing unemployment among youth by helping them develop skills in entrepreneurship and business development.
Impact: Trained 2,268 youth and established 700 youth enterprises, expanded 1,000 existing businesses, and created 600 jobs through graduates.


Isabel Graefin von Medem
X-Runner provides a portable dry toilet and waste pickup in Lima. The product improves health, saves water, keeps the grounds from collapsing, and saves customers money.
Impact: Served 113 customer households, more than 565 people.


Dr. Hilmi Quraishi
ZMQ delivers affordable health information, solutions, and services to the rural poor by connecting them with services.
Impact: Reached over 300,000 beneficiaries with the Maternal & Child Health programs in rural areas by using mobile phones and health workers.