Santa Clara University

Global Social Benefit Incubator

The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. Selected organizations create value by lifting people out of poverty, utilizing self-sustaining community practices, and developing low-cost solutions. The GSBI is a combination of online, experiential, and skill-building offerings in a ten-month program facilitated by a diverse group of partners including successful Silicon Valley executives, academic leaders, and the network of Jesuit universities. Social entrepreneurs who apply and win GSBI scholarships build capacity to effect systemic change through our proven combination of curriculum and individualized mentoring. Participants leave the GSBI with a strategic business plan that they can confidently present to impact investors and other funders around the world. The GSBI is the signature program of Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

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Quick Facts:
Name: Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™)
Founded in: 2003
Founder: Pat Guerra, Father Paul Locatelli, S.J., and James Koch
Director: Eric Carlson
Enterprises trained: 139
In-Residence Scholarship value per entrepreneur: $25K
Primary Corporate Partners: Skoll Foundation & Applied Materials
Affiliate Programs:
1.       GSBI Network (Director: Jim Koch)
2.       GSBI Mentor (Director: Mike Looney)
3.       GSBI Online (Program Manager: Andy Lieberman)