Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Lindsey Kalkbrenner
Submission Date May 3, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Santa Clara University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Cassandra Staff
Director, GSBI Programs
Center for Science, Technology, and Society
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Global Social Benefit Institute

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI®) is a hub for global, innovation-based entrepreneurship in service to humanity. GSBI currently includes two distinct capacity development programs to social entrepreneurs: the GSBI Accelerator, which offers customized curriculum for more advanced social enterprises preparing to scale their business, and GSBI Online, which offers general business training for earlier-stage ventures to validate their enterprise’s model. Both programs are designed for high engagement between entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley mentors, and program staff.

GSBI programs and the GSB Fellowship are unique programs. No other university offers capacity development for international social entrepreneurs. In addition, the GSB Fellowship, integrating experiential learning, social justice and work for social entrepreneurship is the only program of its kind.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

See website and success stories: http://www.scu.edu/socialbenefit/entrepreneurship/gsbi/alumni/
GSBI® programs have helped social entrepreneurs in over 55 countries since 2003 with impressive outcomes. We survey our alumni regularly to assess their impact and aggregate the results to show their collective impact:
• 202 enterprises have completed GSBI programs
• Nearly 100 million people’s lives have been positively impacted* by these enterprises
• 40% of the enterprises are scaling, meaning that impact is growing in a financially sustainable manner. This scaling rate is more than three times that of conventional for-profit ventures.
• $89 million of funding has been raised by enterprises post-GSBI programs
• 90% of GSBI alumni are still in business


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
Research Yes
Campus Engagement Yes
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings No
Dining Services No
Energy Yes
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste Yes
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability Yes
Health, Wellbeing & Work Yes
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:
Social Enterprise, Poverty Alleviation

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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