Scaling Impact through the GSBI Network
Our GSBI Network Partners
The GSBI Network is a group of mission-aligned organizations committed to the promotion and support of social entrepreneurs worldwide. The GSBI Network starts with the belief that creating partnerships, sharing resources, and learning from others will increase our collective impact.
Formally founded in 2011, the GSBI Network has grown to 25 universities and impact accelerators spanning 17 countries. GSBI Network members meet in-person annually, participate in action-oriented working groups, share lessons in bi-monthly webinars, and collaborate on projects such as GSBI Xchange.
GSBI Network activities are constructed around 3 goals:
- Develop more effective capacity development programs for social entrepreneurs. Cumulatively, the GSBI Network has provided capacity building programs to over 2,000 social entrepreneurs and helped 167 social enterprises raise $19 million in funding
- Learn through action-oriented research projects. The GSBI Network members co-published articles, develop social entrepreneurial case studies, and leverage our partnerships to inspire social entrepreneurship
- Educate and engage students and communities in supporting the social entrepreneurial ecosystem. In 2014 the GSBI Network leveraged local business leaders to have mentored over 500 social enterprises. We have also developed and managed over 400 student internships and fellowships and lectured over 60 social entrepreneurship classes
Alterna, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala:
Alterna is committed to developing the next generation of dynamic social entrepreneurs in Guatemala. Alterna’s work is focused on 3 distinct areas: cultivating local social entrepreneurs, incubating social ventures, and fostering the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.
American University of Nigeria, Adamawa State, Nigeria:
The Office of Sustainability at American University of Nigeria offers various programs and education initiatives to showcase AUN as the first sustainable university in the country. The office promotes social entrepreneurship through teaching students and engaging local communities.
Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines:
The Ateneo Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSEnt) is the Ateneo de Manila University’s center committed to foster social transformation and contribute to nation-building by cultivating a vibrant social entrepreneurship sector in the Philippines. ACSEnt’s fundamental priority is developing an ecosystem to support research, education and training, advocacy and incubation.
Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, India:
Birla Institute (BIMTECH) educates and conducts social innovation research through the India Center for Public Policy followed by Social Innovation Centre. BIMTECH partners with non-profit organizations for field research, case development, capacity building, and organizing seminars.
Child and Youth Finance International, Amsterdam, Netherlands:
CYFI is a global network dedicated to increasing financial inclusion and economic citizenship education for children and youth worldwide. CYFI’s Ye! is an online platform, community, and social network. It connects young entrepreneurs around the world to various tools and resources, including free coaching program and links to funding opportunities. Ye! is an initiative by Child and Youth Finance International, which aims to reduce youth unemployment worldwide by supporting young entrepreneurs.
D3 Jubilee, Seoul, South Korea:
D3 team shares a vision for supporting entrepreneurs who are passionate about using their potential for solving social challenges, and for creating a new breed of investors who want to transform how to make money while making a difference. D3 plays a similar role to venture capital, but with an emphasis on building a community of entrepreneurs and like-minded investors who are committed to the creation of blended value with economic, social and environmental implications, and spurring social innovation through mutual inspiration and collaboration.
ESADE Business School, Barcelona, Spain:
Momentum Project is an initiative by ESADE and BBVA, and with the collaboration of PwC, aimed at promoting social enterprise. To achieve this objective, Momentum follows two lines of work: the development of a program to consolidate and enhance the impact of these ventures, and the creation of an ecosystem of support for the social entrepreneur.
Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan:
The Taiwan Social Enterprise Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society uses the intelligence and capability in innovation, business founding and management, and business startups to help the small and minority-owned businesses. Every year, the Association holds an international conference and the invited speakers share their research outcomes and practical experiences.
Growth Mosaic, Accra, Ghana:
Growth Mosaic is a social-purpose business preparing small and growing businesses to access and manage growth investment. Growth Mosaic envisions a thriving small and medium business sector in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes local suppliers in fair supply-chains, generates quality local employment, and delivers valuable goods and services in rural communities.
Impact Amplifier, South Africa:
Impact Amplifier assists impact investors to source and invest in compelling opportunities. They also provide investment readiness and advisory services to businesses, which combine financial success with positive social and environmental change.
Innovation Alchem, Bangalore, India:
Innovation Alchemy is a collaboration-consulting program that applies innovative thinking to problems of business growth, scalable social impact, and sustainable profitability. They work across corporations, government, and nonprofits involved in scaling high-impact ideas.
Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico:
The Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute at Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey enhances students’ entrepreneurial spirit so that they can develop a passion for implementing social, economical, and environmental solutions.
IntoAction, Rio, Brazil:
IntoActions is an innovation consultancy that provides a comprehensive, human-centered approach to create innovative solutions and build a lasting innovation culture.
LeMoyne University, Syracuse, USA:
The LeMoyne Madden School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. They strive to imbue students with the ability to understand, discern, and lead as they address the most pressing issues of our times.
Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA:
The mission of Marquette University’s Social Innovation Initiative is to leverage the creative imagination of students, faculty, and the community to solve social problems in Milwaukee and beyond.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Cali, Colombia:
Campus Nova at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali is designed to meet the expectations and needs of social entrepreneurs. Campus Nova consists of offerings for professors, alumni, employees and companies: Entrepreneur Habitat, Entrepreneurship in Motion, and classes designed to develop Entrepreneurship skills.
Posible, Mexico City, Mexico:
POSiBLE inspires and supports entrepreneurs that want to have high social impact. Through several programs, POSiBLE seeks to promote talent, energy, and commitment of thousands of people who want to solve some of the most complex social and environmental problems facing Mexico.
Social Good Brazil, Florianopolis, Brazil:
Social Good Brazil aims to promote the use of technology, new media, and innovative thinking to solve the world's greatest challenges. Their Social Good Brazil Lab identifies and supports innovative ideas to increase the number of Brazilian success cases and expand their potential to generate social impact
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel:
The Pears Challenge at Tel Aviv University is a fellowship program for outstanding innovators and entrepreneurs based in Israel to establish ventures with the power to make a real difference in the lives of people in the developing world.
The Impact HUB Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan:
Impact HUB Tokyo is the community under the common value shared amongst its members: "Questioning + Action = Impact". They strongly believe that each individual can create the big movement which shift the society towards next generation by questioning the status quo, and taking action towards it.
Unisinos University, São Leopoldo, Brazil:
The Unisinos Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation (UCSEI) center was launched in 2014 to integrate initiatives for social entrepreneurship, innovation and social management at Unisinos University, a Jesuit University in Southern Brazil. The UCSEI mission is to foster social entrepreneurship and innovation, aiming at sustainable development in the local context, through training, research, consultancy and applied projects.
Universidad Loyola Andalucía, Córdoba, Spain:
The Entrepreneurship Center at Loyola aims to raise awareness and motivate students to join the social entrepreneurship movement, assisting them in developing their business plans and supporting them in the process of implementing their initiatives.
Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore - Altis, Milan, Italy:
E4impact is an initiative of ALTIS Graduate School Business and Society at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore aimed at training impact entrepreneurs. The heart of E4impact is the Global MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship, a unique executive MBA which provides would-be, early stage, and high growth entrepreneurs with results-oriented education, coaching, and interaction with the local business community and potential investors.
Villgro, Mumbai, India:
Villgro inspires, mentors, funds, and incubates, early-stage, innovation-based social enterprises that impact the lives of India's poor.
Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur, India:
Fr. Arrupe Centre for Ecology and Sustainability (FACES) is a multi-disciplinary center at XLRI Jamshedpur, which aims to provide thought leadership to promote policies, practices, and dialogue that have an impact on holistic and sustainable development of society and enterprises. The center engages in knowledge creation, dissemination, and application.
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