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2013 GSEC Business Plan Writing Competition

2013 GSEC Business Plan Writing Competition

GSEC Business Plan Writing CompetitionGSEC is an international student social business plan competition that challenges university-level students worldwide to use business principles to create sustainable, positive solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues—poverty, health and development. Semi-finalist student teams from around the globe are invited to Seattle to present their ideas to coaches, mentors and judges and compete to win prizes.

In addition to the chance to win cash and in-kind prizes, GSEC provides teams an unparallelled experiential learning opportunity—meeting and competing against top students from around, the world, coaching and mentoring from health, development and business professionals, exposure to an extensive network of professionals and companies, and the chance to present to judges and investors.
Each year, the Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition brings the world to the University of Washington! GSEC supports students as they develop innovative business models that alleviate  poverty and empower the poor. Throughout the process – from application to the weeklong GSEC – students receive expert guidance, refine their business skills, develop their networks, and gain access to new resources.


Students changing the world—one business idea at a time


University of Washington


Grand Prize: $12,500

Information Communication & Technology (ICT) Prize: $10,000

Global Health Prize: $10,000

Seattle Rotary prize: $1,500


12 November, 2013

  • Application Review & Semi-finalist selection/invitation: November-December, 2013
    • GSEC is the place for students to learn about harnessing the power of commercial strategies to reduce poverty and affect positive social change in developing economies.
  • December 2013 – February 24, 2014: Semi-finalist Teams paired and work with mentors
  • January, 2014: Semi-finalist team documents due (draft business plan, final one page executive summary)
  • February, 2014: Semi-finalist team  final materials due (full business plan, one overview PPT slide)
  • GSEC Week 2014: February 24 – February 28:  All semi-finalist teams travel to Seattle for a week of competition events, including coaching, semi-finals, finals, a celebration dinner, and more events to network and interact with members of the University’s and Seattle’s vibrant community.
  • For more details, see the full  guidelines
  • Submit online application: we will open applications for 2014 GSEC in summer 2013.

15-20 semi-finalist student teams worldwide will be selected, paired with mentors, and invited to participate in GSEC.


Questions? Contact Join the GSEC Facebook Page to stay updated!


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