Cost free for Accepted Social Entrepreneurs

GSBI programs are offered at no cost to participating entrepreneurs.

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.

Program staff time, in-residence meals, and accommodations for the GSBI Accelerator program are all paid through the fundraising efforts of the Miller Center. We fundraise so that the cost of our program does not prohibit any social entrepreneur from getting the help they deserve. Download this PDF to learn more about the GSBI Accelerator program.

Participants in GSBI Online complete the course remotely and require no travel. Download this PDF to learn more about the GSBI Online program.


Apply now to the GSBI Online and GSBI Accelerator programs! One short application for both programs.

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

Complete a simple application to be considered for all of our programs. Just be sure to apply by the following dates to be considered for the next cohort.

Apply anytime, but applications received by October 23, 2015 will be given priority for the next cohorts of our GSBI Online and GSBI Accelerator program.

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 due
  • 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 due
  • 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 Accelerator & GSBI Online Deadline: Oct. 23

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