575 ideas, 50 nations, $50,000: the 15th Annual Global Social Venture Competition

Haas Achieves

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.


The Winners:

      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 productsincluding a low-cost solid tirethat drastically reduce repair costs.

Who made it happen: Berkeley-Haas studentssome 29 organizers, encompassing…

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