We are looking specifically for social enterprises that are helping communities adapt to the damaging effects of climate disruption — what we call Climate Resilience —  and women-led social enterprises or enterprises serving women — or Women Rising. All applicants are evaluated on the depth of social impact, viability of business model, scalability of the model, and financials. 

Work Alongside Committed Silicon Valley Mentors 

The GSBI Accelerator program prepares trailblazing social enterprises to scale - especially those working on advancing women or building resistance to climate change. 

We provide quality, in-depth mentoring delivered by Silicon Valley business executives. Our mentors coach, educate, and encourage you for 1-2 hours a week for 10 months. You work together with two Silicon Valley mentors to improve every aspect of your organization.

I would recommend the GSBI Accelerator to all social entrepreneurs looking to build stronger, investment-ready enterprises.
— Nitin Gachhayat, President of Drishtee

"This is really a unique program. The GSBI at the Miller Center… is a very special operation, very special concept, with very dedicated people… For me it's a privilege to be a part of this organization."

- Ricardo Levy

Social Entrepreneurs in the GSBI Accelerator Program

Alashanek ya Balady Association for Sustainable Development, Egypt
Mohamed El-Kamel

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
Alicia Wallace

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
Sonali Mehta-Rao

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

BURN Manufacturing, Kenya
Boston Nyer

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

CareNx Innovations Pvt Ltd, India
Shantanu Pathak

CareNx develops technologies to quickly deliver healthcare services to remote patients using mobile platforms. One product, CareMother, offers mobile pregnancy care through its portable solar-powered kit along with an app, which can be used by health workers for early diagnosis of high-risk pregnancies.


  • Sold 20 kits to hospitals
  • Cared for 1,500 mothers


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Key Dates

  • October 21, 2016: Application Due
  • January 31, 2017: Program Starts
  • August 10-18, 2017: In-Residence at Santa Clara University
  • December 6, 2017: Program Ends


  • 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

2016 GSBI Accelerator Investment Profiles

GSBI Methodology White Paper

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engageSPARK, Africa, Asia, Latin America
Ravi Agarwal

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
Alloysius Attah

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

Koe Koe Tech, Myanmar
Michael Lwin

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, Kenya
Tania Laden

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

Noora Health, India, USA
Katy Ashe

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
Joseph Nkandu

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
Emma Colenbrander

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

Solubrite, Panama, Nicaragua
Marc Henrich

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 Angwenyi

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