Launched by Berkeley-Haas students in 1999, the annual Global Social Venture Competition is the oldest and biggest student-run competition aimed at elevating social enterprise start-ups. This year’s competition attracted more than 500 entries from 44 nations, vetted through a partnership of universities around the world. The winners, determined in the two-day finals hosted by Berkeley-Haas on April 10 and 11, shared $55,000 in prize money.
First place (25,000): Sampurn(e)arth, India, which develops end-to-end, environmentally friendly and profitable strategies for collecting and recycling solid waste.
Second place ($15,000): Odyssey Sensors, United Kingdom, which developed low-cost water sensors to boost yields for Southeast Asian shrimp farmers and other aquaculture.
Third place: ($7,500):Baisikeli Ugunduzi, Kenya, which designed and builds bicycle products—including a low-cost solid tire—that drastically reduce repair costs.
Who made it happen: Berkeley-Haas students—some 29 organizers, encompassing…
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