Cost free for Accepted Social Entrepreneurs

We fundraise so that the cost of our program does not prohibit any social entrepreneur from getting the help they deserve. 

Program staff time, in-residence meals, and accommodations for the GSBI Accelerator program are all paid through the fundraising efforts of Miller Center. Participants in the GSBI Accelerator are expected to pay only for round-trip airfare to San Jose or San Francisco, California for the August in-residence portion of the program. Learn more about the GSBI Accelerator program with this guide.

Participants in GSBI Online complete the course remotely and require no travel. To learn more about the GSBI Online program, check out this overview.


GSBI Online and GSBI Accelerator program application deadline was October 23rd. The rolling application will be reposted in December.

Who Should Apply:

  • Leaders of for-profit, non-profit, or hybrid enterprises
  • Social impact-based mission
  • Operational with tested business model
  • Seeking investment
  • Preparing to scale impact

What You Gain:

  • In-depth mentoring from Silicon Valley executives for the duration of the program
  • Strengthened business model
  • Refined business plan
  • Financial plan for scaling
  • Organizational development
  • Talent management
  • Operational excellence at scale

Application Process

In December, you may complete a simple application to be considered for all of our programs.

We are not currently accepting applications for GSBI Boost.

Resource Guide

If you want an edge in the application process, or just need a refresher on some terminology, see this Application Resource Guide. It borrows from GSBI’s tried and tested curriculum and helps you refresh things like your mission statement, value proposition, and business plan summary.  

Our Selection Process

Completed applications are evaluated on

  • Impact & Business Model
  • Marketing & Sales
  • Operations Model
  • Management & Team
  • Financials using the Stage Assessment Tool

We invite qualified applicants to a phone interview with GSBI staff and mentors. The strength of the application and performance in a 30-minute interview determines the finalists selected to begin the program.

Successful applicants are able to demonstrate: 

  • A compelling business model 
  • Metrics provide proof that impact model has desired social impact 
  • Evidence that customers receive value of the product/service and are willing to use or pay (as appropriate) for it
  • Financial statements that document investments, revenue, and expenses to date

Key Dates

GSBI Online Program Dates

  • Oct. 23, 2015: Applications are closed
  • Nov. 16-20, 2015: Interviews start
  • Nov. 23, 2015: Finalists notified
  • Jan. 4, 2016: Program starts
  • Jun. 30, 2016: Program ends

GSBI Accelerator Program Dates

  • Oct. 23, 2015: Applications are closed
  • Nov. 2-10, 2015: Interviews start
  • Nov. 25, 2015: Finalists notified
  • Feb. 2, 2016: Program starts
  • Aug. 11-19, 2016: In-residence at Santa Clara University
  • Dec. 14, 2016: Program ends

GSBI Methodology White Paper

Learn more about how we do it in our recently published white paper.