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We believe the grit and domain expertise of social change agents are the raw materials of entrepreneurship. GCV has developed a rigorous curriculum and proven process for refining their raw passion and insight into scalable enterprises that deliver practical impact.
 
Our core programming challenges social entrepreneurs to scope and quantify the opportunity that their innovation presents, refine their plan for execution and defend their capitalization strategy. Over an intensive 12-week period, our staff guides entrepreneurs through a series of expert and investor panels, tactical workshops, peer-to-peer critique, and one-on-one coaching, cumulating in an investor pitch event.  

 

Kauffman Foundation studies show that the likelihood of a start-up obtaining funding is less than 0.1% and that nearly half of the accelerators they studied failed to produce a single company that obtained funding. GCV helps entrepreneurs beat the odds.

 

Initiatives 

We have applied this proven core programming to the FastFWD initiative where we developed a new model for cities to foster social innovation, starting with the public safety space. We worked alongside the City of Philadelphia's Office of New Urban Mechanics and the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, as a result of winning a $1MM prize from Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayor's Challenge.
 
We are now applying this framework again against 

climate threats in the Climate Ventures 2.0 program, as a part of the White House's Climate Data Initiative and with support from organizations like the Clinton Global Initiative, Rockefeller 100 Resilient Cities, NASA, and NOAA. 

 

Finally, we are motivated entirely by serving the needs of social entrepreneurs, so we are also developing a set of impact evaluation frameworks including the Social Impact Projection model, distance learning tools and alumni services.

 
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$60M
PRIVATE CAPITAL RAISED
75
GCV GRADUATES
$5B
PROJECTED SOCIAL IMPACT

Team

Advisory Board