Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC)


Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC)

The Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC) provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentoring, exposure, and $50,000 in prizes to transform their ideas into businesses that will have positive real world impact. The purpose of the GSVC is to catalyze social ventures and create financially sustainable business solutions that address significant social and environmental challenges.
Koç University was selected in 2011 to be an Outreach Partner for the GSVC and to host the first round of competition for the applicant teams based in Turkey, the Balkans and the MENA Region. Every year 2 or 3 teams are selected from the GSVC @ KU round to join the GSVC Regional Semi-Finals at London Business School.

Being a host of the GSVC, KU engage students and faculty from many universities in Istanbul and across Turkey, in the Balkan countries, and to aspiring social entrepreneurs across North Africa and the Middle East. By reaching out to this diverse stakeholder community of entrepreneurs, mentors, students, and representatives from the private, public and third sectors, Koç University serves as an ambassador for social venture creation in Turkey, the Balkans, and the MENA region.

Please visit the program website at

Contact person for this program at KU is Mrs. Rena Polat Korkmaz (