Partnering with ebay
Over the years, eBay Foundation has made investments toward a vision of all people being able to participate fully in the global economy. eBay Foundation is committed to providing economic opportunity all around the world and is now enabling social entrepreneurs who share that passion to benefit from mentored capacity development offered through Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®).
Since 2013, eBay Foundation and the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) have partnered with a clear purpose: to help social entrepreneurs build strong organizations and scale their impact. eBay and GSBI share a theory of change that worldwide poverty alleviation is best accomplished through social enterprise, especially through those organizations that integrate financially sustainable practices into operations and aim for massive scale.
Scaling Social Enterprises
eBay Foundation has sponsored the participation of six social enterprises in the GSBI Accelerator. Avani, Drishtee Development and Communication Ltd., Gastromotiva – The Food Hub, Esoko, Essmart, Juhudi Kilimo, Kinara Capital, Prospera, and Rangsutra Crafts India are all focused on economic opportunity, and their impact has been accelerated by the GSBI with the support of eBay, collectively benefiting the lives of over 500k people.
Strengthening Social Enterprises
eBay Foundation and GSBI ran a custom cohort of the GSBI Online program for six months, beginning October 2014. The program aims to develop livelihoods in the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and the United States. eBay Foundation is sponsoring this initiative as part of a commitment to job creation, small business support, and economic development in these geographic regions.
The organizations in the custom cohort enter the program with a diverse array of mission-driven businesses, such as generating income for sex-trafficked survivors in Russia, helping smallholder farmers gain access to the best equipment in China, and providing data collection jobs for marginalized youth in the slums of Brazil. The 18 ventures participating in the program employ different strategies including fostering job creation, micro-enterprise support, improving health, water and sanitation, agricultural support, and increasing financial access.
Boosting Social Enterprises
GSBI hosted a 2-day Boost Camp September 26 and 26, 2014 for 11 early-stage Bay Areabased social enterprises focused on livelihood development. The GSBI Boost workshop included two days of training and networking designed to give high-potential social enterprises a breakthrough in impact, growth, and long-term financial sustainability. Featuring GSBI’s world-renowned methodology and personalized mentorship by GSBI’s network of seasoned Silicon Valley executives, the workshop helped local social enterprises grow their businesses in a financially sustainable manner with practical outputs that helped them successfully apply for funding and advance their missions.
Enabling a network effect
In 2015, eBay and GSBI will work with GSBI Network institutions to support the growth of social enterprise support programs around the world. This two-part initiative will train partners at Santa Clara University on the GSBI business model-centric methodology, disseminating curriculum and best practices for Boost, Online, and Accelerator programs, mentoring, and online training. The training at Santa Clara University will be complemented with remote and in-country start-up support to run follow-on Boost workshops.