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GSBI Connect

Strengthening the Alumni Community

This month's newsletter is all about partnerships and connections.

Over the past few months, the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) has been developing a new tool to continue to provide value to our extraordinary network of GSBI alumni.

We surveyed the alumni community to assess their needs and we incorporated the feedback in separate Alpha and Beta stages in order to enhance the product's utility.  It was even named by a response to our open call for names in our previous newsletter.

So, without further ado, please welcome GSBI Connect.

An online social community, GSBI Connect enables members of the GSBI community to discuss best practices, discover competitions and grants, access GSBI’s vast set of resources, and offer support to other alumni. 

GSBI Connect is one example of how we are working with various players in the social enterprise space in order to learn from and support one another.

We know we can't do it alone.

We need to capitalize on all the great work being done across the globe.

Join the discussion and connect with your fellow change agents.

Pamela Roussos
Director of Strategic Alliances
Center for Science, Technology, and Society
Santa Clara University | Nobili Hall |Tel: 408 551 6027
Twitter: @pamelaroussos | @cstsscu

Social Enterprise Education

The Dalai Lama Touched My Nose Ring
Former GSBF Fellow Natalie Lays reflects on a unique encounter with the Dalai Lama during his recent visit to Santa Clara University. 

Jesuit Schools Train Entrepreneurs to Save the World

Check out The Wall Street Journal Market Watch article about how our GSBI Network is spreading social entrepreneurship among universities and young people worldwide. 

At The Threshold of Real Life 

"I want to be engaged with my society, genuine in my interactions with others, and confident and consistent in my beliefs." says Phil Eukel 2013 GSBF

Impact Capital

Impact Capital Expands to Nicaragua

Our Impact Capital program is breaking new ground in Central America by partnering with Enclude, Agora Partnerships, and a local bank, BAC Nicaragua, to support women entrepreneurs. Read more

Social Entrepreneurs

Benefits of GSBI Online:

"There are two investors we are currently working with on funding Green Bio Energy and the work I have done for GSBI Online has been instrumental in those conversations." 
-David Gerard of Green Bio Energy

2 Million Customers Not Enough

Forbes features '06 GSBI Alumni Vision Spring. How does one go from building an enterprise to building a movement? Read an eye-opening answer

Engineering Social Innovation

To provide support on the “engineering journey” faced by social innovators, Santa Clara University has teamed up with ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the Lemelson Foundation, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE).  Beginning with an invitation-only leadership summit at Santa Clara University in March, the collaboration will focus on the “pioneer gap”. Read More

Vote People's Choice

We're proud to see that GSBI Alumnus iMerit is up for a People's Choice Award at the Sankalp Forum. iMerit provides women of Metiabruz, Kolkata, with digital training to thrive in the workforce.  Please take a minute now to Vote for iMerit!

Not Reinventing the Wheel

Santa Clara University is pleased to welcome the Pears Challenge as the newest member of our GSBI Network. The Pears Challenge fosters social entrepreneurship in Israel.  Rather than designing their program from scratch, they decided to join our network and capitalize on our proven methodologies. Read More

E4C: Engineering for Change

E4C offers a free, publicly available webinar series to disseminate the best practices for employing tech to solve humanitarian challenges. Go here to watch the Center's presentation, Scaling Impact, or view the Youtube archive.

Help 13 Promising Ventures Get To The Unreasonable Institute

Our friends at The Unreasonable Institute have selected 13 exceptional ventures, out of hundreds of applicants, for a life- and business-transforming opportunity. The entrepreneurs have one final challenge: to raise the funds it costs to participate. Help them get there.

In This Issue: 

New "GSBI Connect" Platform Strengthens Worldwide Network of Social Entrepreneurs

WSJ MarketWatch Features GSBI Network 

"The Dalai Lama Touched My Nose Ring"

At The Threshold of Real Life

Impact Capital Expands to Nicaragua

GSBI Online Testimony

Spotlight on Vision Spring

Engineering for Social Innovation

iMerit for People's Choice

GSBI Welcomes Pears Challenge

Engineering 4 Change

13 Ventures Strive To Make It To Unreasonable Institute 
Upcoming Events: 

3/3 Latest GSB Fellows To Be Announced

3/10 New Fellows Welcome Party

3/14 New GSBI Online Cohort To Be Announced 

3/19 Engineering Social Innovation Summit at SCU

4/8 - 4/10 Sankalp Forum Mumbai

4/9  SCU Sprinksgiving

5/18 Magis - An Evening Celebrating The Social Enterprise Movement

6/12 - 6/13 ANDE Metrics Conference 

8/14 - 8/22 GSBI Accelerator In-Residence Session 

8/21 GSBI Investor Showcase
Interesting Reads: 

Feeding Expectations: The Economics of Food Subsidies

Classroom Divisions: Education in Kenya

Clean it Up: Waste Collection in Nigeria

How is Technology Driving Job Creation in Poor Countries?

The Opportunity Coalition

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We have an audacious vision to positively impact the lives of 1 billion by 2020. Your support makes this attainable.


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