Sunday, July 17, 2011

Global Social Benefit Incubator 2011

I know quite a few entrepreneurs read this blog and I just wanted to quickly plug an event going on next month at Santa Clara University centering around social/philanthropic entrepreneurship. All of the details are below!

Register Today! GSBI 2011!
Please join Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society for a day of business plan summary presentations by the 2011 Global Social Benefit Incubator entrepreneurs from around the world.

Products and services developed by the 2011 class include: biogas-powered milk coolers for Ugandan farmers; microfranchise training and employment opportunities for slum youth in Kenya; probiotics to improve health in Mexico; solar-powered chicken and egg production in Haiti; and women-created fashion and furniture from recycled garbage in the Philippines. 


Thursday, August 18, 2011 
Mayer Theatre, Performing Arts Complex, 
Santa Clara University 
Continental Breakfast
7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Morning Business Plan Summary Presentations
8:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. (Clean Energy sector presentations)

12:25 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

Afternoon Business Plan Summary Presentations
1:25 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

GSBI Class of 2011

  • Federico Maria Grati : Agroils SRL – Smart Oil, Ghana,
  • Lesley Silverthorn : Angaza Design, East Africa,
  • Salinee Tavaranan : Border Green Energy Team, Thailand / Burma,
  • Henry Osadolor : Centre for Community Development - Nutrition On Your Doorstep, Nigeria
  • Hakeem Adebola Lawal : Design Peak - My Cola Light, Nigeria,
  • Ola Abraham : EastWind Laboratories, Nigeria
  • Slavka Macakova : ETP Slovakia – Centre for Sustainable Development, Slovakia,
  • Shawn Frayne : Haddock Invention LLC, Guatemala,
  • Guirlaine Celius : Haiti Community Development Inc., Haiti
  • Jeroen Verschelling : Kamworks Ltd. – MoonLight, Cambodia,
  • Maria Springer : iSmart
  • Ben Lyon : Kopo Kopo Inc., Global,
  • Julian Cuevas : Kurago Biotek, Mexico,
  • Mark Joaquin Ruiz : MicroVentures Inc. – Hapinoy, Philippines,
  • Piyush Jaju : Punam Energy Private Ltd. – ONergy, India,
  • Therese Clarence Fernandez-Ruiz : Rags2Riches, Inc., Philippines,
  • Katherine Lucey : Solar Sister, Uganda,
  • William Kisaalita : Thermogenn, Uganda
  • Sebastian Ernesto Africano : Trees, Water & People, Haiti,
  • Jessica Mayberry : Video Volunteers, India,
About the Global Social Benefit Incubator
The GSBI empowers socially-minded entrepreneurs to build economically sustainable organizations and to solve problems for people living in poverty around the world. The signature program of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University, this capacity and skill-building program combines online and in-residence exercises with training and mentoring from academic leaders and Silicon Valley executives over an intensive eight-month period. Entrepreneurs graduate from the program with practical and strategic business tools to allow their companies to “scale”, meaning they increase revenue faster than expenses.  

About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society

The mission of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) is to promote the use of science and technology to benefit underserved communities worldwide, primarily by working with socially-minded entrepreneurs.  The CSTS implements its mission through its signature program, the Global Social Benefit Incubator, its partnership with The Tech Museum in The Tech Awards program, Frugal Innovation, social capital services, and its numerous educational and public engagement activities. Through these programs, the Center has worked with nearly 1,000 social enterprises affording the Center unique insights into leading business models and innovations for the developing world and emerging markets.

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