Global Social Benefit Incubator Program
Global Social Benefit Incubator Program: The Santa Clara
University Center for Science, Technology and Society runs the
Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program which gives an
opportunity to socially-minded entrepreneurs to build
sustainable, scalable organizations that solve problems for
people living in poverty around the world.
The Program works with organizations that 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. It also collaborates
with with a diverse group of partners including successful
Silicon Valley executives, academic leaders, and the network of
The GSBI™ consists of three major components:
1. An on-line, mentored, application process hosted on
www,socialedge.org and based on three business planning exercises
designed to benefit all who participate by defining their
organizations’ value proposition, target market (beneficiaries),
and “business model” (key income and expense drivers).
2. 20 organizations selected from the application process receive
scholarships for an online (4 month) and in-residence (2 week)
program that involves “action learning” and mentoring to prepare
a sustainable “business” plan for their organizations. All
expenses (except Internet fees and travel) for this component are
covered by a full-scholarship valued at US $25,000.
3. On-going mentoring and collaboration for all who complete the in-residence component.
The GSBI™ scholarship covers tuition, room and board for the two-
week intensive immersion program and access to the Google Sites
used to support the four-month online preparation. Selected
candidates are responsible for their travel expenses and
arrangements (airfare, ground transportation, passport, and
For more information and application details; see Global Social Benefit Incubator Program