A POWERFUL BUSINESS WORKSHOP FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES FOCUSED ON IMPACT IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA


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May 30, 2018 | National Catholic Reporter: Social entrepreneurship workshops come to California in July


GSBI® Boost Program Overview

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County are joining forces to run a San Francisco Bay Area GSBI Boost, a 3-day capacity building workshop specifically for social entrepreneurs that are impacting the lives of those in need in the Bay Area. 

GSBI Boost allows social entrepreneurs to gain valuable business knowledge. With an emphasis on improving strategic thinking, social entrepreneurs will more effectively articulate their business plans to demonstrate impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability. In addition, this workshop will bring together local Bay Area social business leaders for an unparalleled networking event. 

After this Boost program, participants will have the opportunity to matriculate into the GSBI® Online accelerator, a six-month, mentored, virtual program where organizations develop business models and strategies to sustainably grow their enterprises. 

For more program details, continue to scroll down the page.


INTRODUCING THE BAY AREA GSBI® BOOST PARTICIPANTS


Benefits to selected social entrepreneurs:

  • PROVEN PROGRAM.  Experience Miller Center’s structured, validated curriculum that has helped over 800 social enterprises attain operational excellence and prepare for investment.
     
  • EXECUTIVE MENTORS. You will be accompanied by Silicon Valley mentors with expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship who are your trusted advisors.
     
  • RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. Not only will you work directly with Silicon Valley mentors, but you will work alongside other leaders also trying to solve the problems faced in the Bay Area.
     
  • NO CHARGE.  All Miller Center GSBI accelerator programs are offered at no charge to selected social enterprises.
     
  • INVESTOR SHOWCASE*.  An opportunity to pitch your plan for scaling with a justifiable ask at an Investor Showcase in Silicon Valley. (*Available only to enterprises selected to participate in the subsequent GSBI Online accelerator program.)
 Photo Credit: Centro Community Partners

Photo Credit: Centro Community Partners

 Photo Credit: Centro Community Partners

Photo Credit: Centro Community Partners

We seek up to 40 social venture leaders who:

  • Lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid social enterprise
  • Deliver solutions that impact vulnerable, low-income and/or underserved populations in the Bay Area
  • Have, or plan to have, an earned income component to their business model

Key dates: Bay Area GSBI Boost

  • June 1, 2018 |  Applications closed*

  • Week of June 25, 2018 | Finalists notified

  • July 24 – 26, 2018 | GSBI Boost workshop taking place in San Jose, California

 Photo Credit: Practice Makes Perfect

Photo Credit: Practice Makes Perfect

Potential Follow-On Support

Select participants in the Boost will be invited to receive follow-on support through the GSBI Online accelerator. This is a six-month, virtual program where we connect you with seasoned, executive mentors who will help you develop your business model and a strategy to grow your enterprise in a sustainable way – at no cost to you!

Join what GSBI Alumni have called “the most rigorous social impact accelerator in the world” to work with trusted advisors who dig into your day-to-day challenges to help you and your organization grow.

 Photo Credit: Rebel Nell

Photo Credit: Rebel Nell

Key dates: GSBI Online accelerator

  • Week of August 1, 2018 | Participants notified
  • September 2018 | GSBI Online accelerator program starts
  • March 2019 | GSBI Online accelerator program concludes
  • April 2019 | GSBI Online graduation and showcase event

 

 

 

Take a look at three of our GSBI alumni who have scaled their businesses to positively impact their communities: 

  Practice Makes Perfect  (New York, New York): Providing academic summer programming in high-need communities

Practice Makes Perfect (New York, New York): Providing academic summer programming in high-need communities

  Rebel Nell  (Detroit, Michigan): Repurposing graffiti into high-end, one-of-a-kind, wearable art while empowering homeless women to become self-sufficient

Rebel Nell (Detroit, Michigan): Repurposing graffiti into high-end, one-of-a-kind, wearable art while empowering homeless women to become self-sufficient

  Centro Community Partners  (Oakland, California): Providing education, financial literacy, and access to capital to low-income entrepreneurs

Centro Community Partners (Oakland, California): Providing education, financial literacy, and access to capital to low-income entrepreneurs

Additional Information

The application period has closed. If you have an interest in this program or have questions on the GSBI Bay Area Boost and GSBI Online programs, please contact Miller Center GSBI Program Manager, Dolly Ngo at dngo@scu.edu

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship delivers world-class GSBI accelerator programs that connect global social enterprise leaders with Silicon Valley business executives to develop more sustainable, scalable market-based solutions to the problems of those living in poverty around the world.

Catholic Charities Santa Clara County serves and advocates for families and individuals in need, especially those living in poverty. Rooted in gospel values, they work to create a more just and compassionate community in which people of all cultures and beliefs can participate.