Judging Process & Criteria
The GSVC is divided into three rounds: Executive Summary, Regional Semi-Finals, and Global Finals. Each of them develops as follows:
The First or Executive Summary Judging Round will take place at each Regional and Outreach Partner school or competition. During this round, executive summaries will be screened by students and professional judges. The professional judging panel for this round will consist of an appropriate balance of venture philanthropists, social venture investors, angel investors, venture capitalists and social venture entrepreneurs with 5 to 10 years of experience in the field. Judges will provide all teams with written feedback on their executive summary and business idea.
The Regional Semi-Finals Judging Round will take place at each Regional Partner school or competition. The judging panel for this round will also consist 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 finalist teams from each Regional Semi-Final Round will be selected to compete at Global Finals at UC Berkeley. All participating teams will receive extensive feedback on their business plans from the judges.
The Global Finals Judging Round will take place in April at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley in two consecutive rounds: Global Semi-Finals and Finals. Each Global Finalist team will present to a panel of judges at the Global Semi-Finals, where the top teams will be selected to present the next day at the Global Finals round*. All plans will be judged on how well they demonstrate potential for social and financial returns and the strength of their implementation strategy. The judging panels will consist of outstanding experts in the social field representing all sectors (venture philanthropists, social venture investors, international development experts, angel investors, venture capitalists and social venture entrepreneurs) and with more than 15 years of expertise. *Note that some or all of the presentations will be open to the public.
Plans will be evaluated against three equal sets of 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