We'll Prepare You for Investment and Growth
Work alongside committed Silicon Valley Mentors
The GSBI Accelerator program prepares trailblazing social enterprises to scale.
We provide quality, in-depth mentoring delivered by Silicon Valley business executives. Our mentors coach, educate, and encourage you for 2-3 hours a week for 10 months. You work together with two Silicon Valley mentors to improve every aspect of your organization.
By the end, you will have developed a portfolio of materials including financial statements and strategic planning documents, plus information on governance and your board of directors. This due diligence folder will greatly speed the investment process.
GSBI Accelerator Program Structure
In the GSBI Accelerator’s initial phase -- from February to July -- you develop a strong working relationship with your two mentors. Together, you evaluate your enterprise’s business model, pathway to scaling, and strategy for attracting investment.
Through a video-based, online curriculum, you learn to speak the language of an investor, gain crucial business insights, and learn how to avoid common pitfalls.
During the in-residence part of the program, you will come to Santa Clara University for nine days in August to meet your mentors face-to-face, learn from content experts, and present portions of your business plans to be critiqued by trusted professionals and fellow social entrepreneurs.
The in-residence portion of the GSBI Accelerator culminates in an Investor Showcase. Here you pitch your enterprise plans to an audience of investors and members of the social enterprise community. Private meetings arranged in advance with individual impact investors follow these presentations. See this year’s pitches here.
During the third phase, which takes place from September to December, you will continue to meet virtually with your mentors to implement the strategic initiatives and tactical steps. Throughout this final phase of the program, the GSBI team serves as a resource to address specific developmental needs, including support in closing financing deals. The GSBI Accelerator program ends with an online Gratitude Ceremony webinar.
Social Entrepreneurs in the GSBI Accelerator Program
Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development, Egypt
Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development (AYB-SD) is a youth-driven organization aimed at alleviating poverty in underprivileged communities through its socio-economic development model, which places youth and women at the heart of its focus. The developmental programs improve the quality of life through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.
- Served 30,000 youth and women through employment opportunities, micro-enterprise creation, and increased income
All Across Africa, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Kenya
All Across Africa (AAA) brings best business practices to artisans in Africa through market development, training, and teaching. AAA connects these producers to external, developed markets
- Worked with 3,000 men and women artisan producers across East Africa
Awaaz.De, India, Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Brazil, Ethiopia
Awwaz.De develops inclusive mobile solutions that enable organizations to achieve last-mile connectivity for social impact. They provide easy-to-use, cost-efficient technology for organizations and communities across multiple sectors: education, agriculture, health, and financial services.
- Raised awareness about diarrhea prevention among 2,000 villagers
- Trained 1,800 factory workers in Bangladesh in health, leadership, and financial literacy
- Empowered 1,400 women in rural Gujarat to fight domestic violence
BagoSphere gets hidden talents into jobs through micro-funded education in digital and soft skills.
- 551 graduates have gone through BagoSphere programs
- 86% of graduates are now employed
BURN Manufacturing, Kenya
BURN's core business is the design, local manufacture, and distribution of fuel-efficient cooking products that save lives and forests in the developing world. Their modern manufacturing facility outside of Nairobi makes one stove per minute and is the largest of its kind on the continent.
- BURN has sold more than 120,000 cookstoves through commercial channels in East Africa in the past two years
- 600,000 people have benefited from 120,000 BURN stoves sold
Cántaro Azul, Mexico
Dr. Fermín Reygadas Robles Gil
Cantaro Azul develops safe water solutions in rural and peri-urban communities. Cantaro Azul’s innovative solutions combine affordable water purification technologies for households, schools, and community-based kiosks. They use a participatory and communication strategy that ensures sustainability, creates healthy habits, and improves quality of life.
- Improved the health and quality of life of more than 10,000 people living in rural and peri-urban communities
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- Feb. 2, 2016: Program starts
- Aug. 11-19, 2016: In-residence at Santa Clara University
- Dec. 14, 2016: Program ends
Who Should Apply:
- For-profit, non-profit, or hybrid enterprises
- Social impact mission
- Operational for 3+ years
- Validated business model
- Proven technology, product, or service
- Preparing to scale impact
What You Gain:
- Silicon Valley mentorship
- Due diligence folder
- Financial plan for scaling
- Organizational development
- Talent management
- Marketing strategy and execution
- Operational excellence at scale
What you will Learn:
- How to secure the right capital for your enterprise
- Fundraising strategies
- Better articulate your mission, impact model, and business plan
- Reach more beneficiaries
- Strengthen your business model
- Streamline operations
- Build and manage your team and management
2015 GSBI Accelerator Investment Profiles
GSBI Methodology White Paper
Learn more about how we do it in our recently published white paper.
Dev Nrgee Resources, India
Dev Nrgee Resource brings together technological innovations, renewable energy, and a social business model to improve rural livelihoods. Their innovations include a Solar Silk reeling machine, improved handlooms, and micro-spinning machines. With financial and business interventions, Dev Nrgee Resources enable the rural poor to earn a living.
- 6,000 people have directly received employment using Dev Nrgee Resource products
engageSPARK, Africa, Asia, Latin America
engageSPARK is an easy-to-use platform for NGOs and businesses to engage their customers in any country using Voice IVR and two-way SMS interactions. With no technical expertise required, organizations can build and launch interactive campaigns in minutes. They allow for organizations to instantly get local inbound phone numbers for receiving calls and SMS messages.
- engageSPARK's platform has been used to impact 30,000 lives
Farmerline, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Malawi, Nigeria
Farmerline provides accurate and timely agricultural information to farmers and also provides technology to stakeholders to increase their efficiency.
- 200,000 farmers across 5 countries use Farmerline, collectively benefitting 1 million lives
Global Press Institute, Africa, Americas, Asia
Global Press Institute is an award-winning, high-impact social venture that uses journalism as a development tool to train and employ women in developing media markets to produce high-quality, local news coverage that elevates global awareness and ignites social change.
- 164 journalists have been professionally trained and gainfully employed
- 12 million regular readers across 100 countries have greater access to information about under-reported regions of the world
Koe Koe Tech, Myanmar
Koe Koe Tech is a Myanmar-based IT social enterprise that has created Myanmar’s first mobile health apps: “maymay”, a maternal and child health app for women, and “Kyan Mar Yae”, a general health app.
- 154,000 lives have been impacted through 77,000 downloads of Koe Koe Tech apps
LivelyHoods creates job opportunities for women and youth in urban slums so they can work their way out of poverty and actualize their potential. They train and hire unemployed women and youth to sell environmentally beneficial and socially transformative products in their communities. In the next five years, LivelyHoods will employ nearly three thousand sales agents and reach every household in every slum as Kenya’s most reliable delivery channel of clean energy products.
- Impacted 23,300 lives by training over 1,600 youth and women in sales and entrepreneurship, selling over 7,000 clean-burning cookstoves
mPower Social Enterprises, Egypt, Guatemala, USA, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Haiti
mPower Social Enterprises Ltd. enables development organizations to harness the power of innovative, tailored-design methods, information technologies, and market forces to ensure high-quality service delivery. mPower has partnered with more than 11 of the world's leading development organizations across eight countries to fundamentally redefine the paradigm of development practice. mPower envisions a world where everyone has access to quality services.
- mPower Social Enterprise solutions have been used by an approximate 20,000 frontline workers for various projects, reaching 2.2 million rural people
MUrgency, Middle East, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Asia
MUrgency - One Global Emergency Response Network is using the power of mobile technology and networks to create one seamless, global emergency response network that will democratize emergency response. Their mission is to make emergency response available to anyone, anytime, anywhere — with just one tap on a mobile phone. MUrgency is a cloud platform and mobile application which connects people who need emergency response with their trusted network, other users of the app, or medical and safety professionals. MUrgency will save lives, provide support, and render assistance as required in an emergency.
- MUrgency's non-commercial pilot through partner organizations has intervened in more than 300,000 cases
Noora Health, India, USA
Noora Health trains marginalized patient families with high impact health skills to improve outcomes and save lives. By turning waiting rooms into classrooms and nurses into trainers, Noora sends families home from hospitals and clinics with the skills they need to succeed with their condition.
- Noora Health has trained 45,700 family members to date
NUCAFE, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania
NUCAFE is the National Association of Coffee Farmers in Uganda with over 1 million smallholder coffee farmer members, who cultivate an average of one acre of coffee per person. They empower coffee farmers in the value chain to meet the needs of coffee buyers to produce high-quality coffee for the specialty market.
- NUCAFE has impacted over 20,000 farming families and a total of 100,000 lives through facilitating vertical integration and market linkages within and outside Uganda
Pollinate Energy, India
Pollinate Energy trains and empowers local entrepreneurs to establish sustainable micro-businesses that provide clean energy solutions to India's urban slums. They provide employment opportunities for locals while improving quality of life in slum communities. By transitioning families from kerosene to solar, they improve health and safety, create work opportunities, save money, improve study conditions for children, reduce carbon emissions, and dramatically ease the burden of women’s household tasks.
- Pollinate Energy has sold over 11,000 solar light products, collectively benefitting over 51,000 people
Soko is an ethical fashion brand, built on a supply chain innovation for the developing world. Utilizing technology innovation, Soko offers a distributed network of independent entrepreneurs from the artisan community the tools to access and compete in the international market, while bringing trendy ethical fashion accessories to mainstream consumers globally. Soko’s commitment to ethical production has led to growing demand for their products from companies such as Nordstrom and Anthropologie, hundreds of boutiques, and thousands of online consumers.
- Soko works with nearly 1,000 artisans in Kenya, providing them economic empowerment through Soko’s platform to sell their goods and compete in the international market
Solubrite, Panama, Nicaragua
Solubrite is a last-mile distributor that provides affordable solar energy to remote communities in Central America.
- Solubrite has positively impacted 37,500 lives with cost savings, increased study time for students, and increased income for micro-entrepreneurs
Vava Coffee, Kenya
Vava Coffee is a social enterprise that contributes to better future prospects for local communities and the coffee industry as a whole. Vava Coffee works with smallholder farmers in Kenya and has produces coffee gift bags made by groups of women from the informal settlements of Nairobi. Since 2009, Vava Coffee has been consistently recognized globally for its premium standard coffee as well as for its remarkable social impact.
- 30,000 smallholder farmers and 50 women in Kibera are supported through Vava Coffee's work