Judging Process & Criteria
The Global Social Venture Competition is divided into three rounds: Executive Summary, Regional Semi-Finals, and Global Finals. They proceed as follows:
The Executive Summary Judging Round takes place at each Regional and Outreach Partner school or competition. During this round, executive summaries are screened by students and professional judges. The professional judging panel for this round consists of an appropriate balance of impact investors, angel investors, venture capitalists, social venture entrepreneurs, and other social sector professionals with 5 to 10 years of experience in the field. Judges provide all teams with written feedback on their executive summary and business idea.
The Regional Semi-Finals Judging Round takes place at each Regional Partner school or competition. The judging panel for this round also consists of an appropriate balance of experts in the social field with more than 10 years of experience and whose collective expertise spans a breadth of social, environmental and business subjects. Two or three finalist teams from each Regional Semi-Final Round are selected to compete at Global Finals at UC Berkeley. All participating teams receive extensive feedback on their business plans from the judges.
The Global Finals Judging Round takes place in April at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley in two consecutive rounds: Global Semi-Finals and Finals. Each Global Finalist team presents to a panel of judges at the Global Semi-Finals, where the top teams are selected to present the next day at the Global Finals round*. All plans are judged on how well they demonstrate potential for social and financial returns and the strength of their implementation strategy. The judging panels consist of outstanding experts in the social field representing all sectors and have more than 15 years of expertise.
*Note that some or all of the presentations will be open to the public.
Plans are evaluated against three equally weighted criteria...
1. Business potential (33%)
Market & Competition:
2. Social impact potential (33%)
Social Value Proposition
Quantification of Potential Social Impact
3. Likelihood of success (33%)
Quality of management team