NEW GSBI® ACCELERATOR PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL ENTERPRISES FOCUSED ON SERVING POOR, UNDERSERVED, OR VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES IN THE US.

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In collaboration with Catholic Charities USA, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is launching GSBI Pathways Out of Poverty US (POP US) Online Accelerator.

This world-class accelerator program provides practical tools, proven curriculum, and executive mentorship to help entrepreneurs develop more sustainable and scalable solutions. Our program is specifically seeking social enterprises that are working to improve economic livelihoods and create a path toward self-sufficiency for poor, underserved, or vulnerable communities within the US.

Unlike other accelerators, this 6-month program connects social enterprise leaders with experienced Silicon Valley business executives, who provide deep mentorship and accompany entrepreneurs throughout their entire journey.  We are fully committed to helping social entrepreneurs achieve greater social impact in the communities they serve.

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GSBI POP US program is currently accepting applications from social enterprises across all sectors. Social enterprises that support economic livelihoods and self-sufficiency for underserved communities in the US are encouraged to apply.

  • Workforce development and job training

  • Immigration legal services

  • Housing services

  • After school or childcare programs

  • Health care services

  • Interpreter services

  • Food and culinary services

  • Crafts and artisanal products

  • Retail/thrift stores

  • Transportation services, and more

The 6-month GSBI POP US online accelerator launches January 2020.


Do you qualify?

  • Do you lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid social enterprise (not microenterprise), that has been in operation for one or more years?

  • Do you deliver products or services to poor, underserved, or other vulnerable communities within the US,
    OR provide infrastructure to address challenges facing these communities?

  • Are you an entrepreneur with sufficient funding for at least 3 months of operations?

  • Are you willing to commit 3-6 hours per week to complete program deliverables and work with mentors online?

APPLY:

Key Dates

  • Applications Due: October 31, 2019

  • Finalists selected and notified by December 16, 2019

  • GSBI Online accelerator program commences January 15, 2020

  • GSBI Online accelerator program completion mid-July 2020

About Our Global Social Benefit Institute Accelerator:

  • Our structured and validated curriculum has accelerated over 1000 social enterprises to meet operational excellence and prepare for investment. During the program, you will develop your business model and a strategy to grow your enterprise in a sustainable way.

  • Silicon Valley Mentors are your personal advisors. They will accompany you with expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the program.

  • NO CHARGE! All Miller Center GSBI accelerator programs are offered at no charge to selected social enterprises.

  • Miller Center delivers world-class 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.

  • Learn more about our GSBI Online accelerator


Additional Resources

For questions about this program, please contact Jeff Pilisuk at jpilisuk@scu.edu.

The Pathways Out of Poverty US Accelerator program is made possible by the generous support of Catholic Charities USA and by Agnieszka Winkler & Arthur K. Lund.


Banner photo courtesy of Catholic Charities USA