Reaching Scale

The GSBI Accelerator takes advanced social enterprises to scale. You benefit from in-depth mentorship, structured learning, and access to a network of Silicon Valley business executives. Every week for 10 months, you work alongside on 2 Silicon Valley mentors to improve every aspect of your organization.

Online Pre-Work (February - July):

First you build a strong working relationship with your mentor as you identify, analyze, and resolve gaps in your organization. Together you improve your business plan, financials, and due-diligence folder. You learn how to identify an appropriate ask: what amount of capital, type of capital, sources of capital, and use of funds.

In-Residence (August):

In August, you will travel to Santa Clara University for the in-residence, when you learn from experts and your peers in-person. The in-residence will be the most intense and most rewarding phase of the GSBI Accelerator. Most days are deep dives, in which various elements of your business plan are critiqued by experts, mentors, and fellow social entrepreneurs.

During The In-Residence You Benefit From:

  • Addressing gaps in the businesses

  • Refining pitches, business plans, and operating plans

  • Receiving personalized instruction and support from mentors, content leads, entrepreneurs and investors

  • Networking and tapping into the resource opportunities of Silicon Valley

Investor Showcase (August):

At the end of the in-residence, the Investor Showcase offers an opportunity to present to potential investors, donors, advisors, board members, and mentors. Your 6-minute presentations will be simulcast to a global audience. After your presentations, you will hold private one-on-one meetings with interested investors set up by the GSBI. See last year’s introduction to the Investor Showcase and all the pitches here.

Implementation (September - December):

Through the end of the year, you and your mentors will continue to work together to implement your plan. The Miller Center is available for further consultations, including support in closing financing deals.

Conclusion:

The program will end with a Gratitude Ceremony in December to celebrate your achievements throughout the year.


 

 


For more information, email us at gsbi@scu.edu


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 23

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

India
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

India
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

Haiti 
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

Nepal
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.


Essmart

India 
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

Brazil 
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

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


KadAfrica

Uganda
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

Kenya
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

India 
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.


PACE MD

Mexico
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

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

Kenya
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.


X-Runner

Peru
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.