Apply: Global Social Benefit Institute Program for Social Entrepreneurs 2018 at Silicon Valley

Apply: Global Social Benefit Institute Program for Social Entrepreneurs 2018 at Silicon Valley

Deadline: October 20, 2017

Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is now accepting applications for their next GSBI Online and GSBI Accelerator cohort starting in January 2018. Based at Santa Clara University, in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) accelerates social impact enterprises that have developed innovative solutions to the problems of poverty. They provide rigorous training and executive mentorship to help social entrepreneurs soar.

As the most rigorous and practical social impact accelerator in the world, GSBI supports social entrepreneurs in sustaining and scaling their businesses. They help leaders manage risk and accelerator growth so they can multiply their positive impact on the world.

If you are a social entrepreneur who aims to combat poverty and protect the planet, you are invite to apply to the GSBI. Whether you are a for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid enterprise, they provide programs that are focused on your business model and tailored to your needs.


  1. GSBI Boost: For enterprise that are in seed stage (Blueprint)
  2. GSBI Online: For enterprise that are in startup stage (Validate)
  3. GSBI Accelerator: For enterprise that are in growth stage (Prepare)

Program benefits include:

  • Executive mentoring
  • Business model focused content

Cost and Benefits

GSBI fundraises so that the cost of their 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.

Participants in GSBI Online complete the course remotely and require no travel.


They are looking for entrepreneurs who:

  • Lead an existing for-profit, nonprofit, or hybrid enterprise
  • Are operational and have a tested business model
  • Are ready for scale and investment
  • Develop innovative solutions to provide paths out of poverty

Evaluation Criteria

Completed applications are evaluated on:

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


To apply, click here.

Applications for their next GSBI Online and GSBI Accelerator cohort, launching in January 2018, are due October 20, 2017. They maintain a rolling application process annually; meaning, once they receive your application, they will consider you for the GSBI program that they believe is the best fit for you. No need to apply more than once!

For more information, visit GSBI Online and Accelerator.