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GSBI® Online helps early-stage, on the ground, social enterprises formalize their business models through a 6-month capacity development program conducted entirely online. The program helps early stage entrepreneurs blueprint and validate their businesses through modules focused on business strategy, operational planning, metrics, and financials. GSBI Online prepares entrepreneurs for the more advanced level of training provided by the GSBI Accelerator and addresses several key needs for social enterprises ready to validate their plans:
- Business plan development
- Elevator pitch refinement
- Development of an annual operating plan
- Marketing collateral creation

Mentoring is at the core of GSBI Online, Each social entrepreneur selected as a part of each GSBI Online cohort is paired with one Silicon Valley executive mentor and one Local Mentor. GSBI Mentors are successful Silicon Valley executives, many of whom are former founders of NASDAQ companies or venture capitalists. Local mentors are identified through networks of partners, alumni, and participants and serve as a resource with local context and expertise.

Entrepreneurs are expected to dedicate 5 to 10 hours/week over the six months of the program, working with their mentors to complete lessons by assigned deadlines. Program completion is marked by a final graduation presentation delivered by the entrepreneur to an audience of investors, mentors, and GSBI staff.

Key Dates:
- Applications open: 1/13
- Applications close: 2/21
- Interviews: 3/3-3/7
- Finalist announcement: 3/21
- Program start: 4/1
- Program end: 10/10

Who should Apply:
Those who want to create a sustainable, scalable business with a social impact-based mission and are beyond the idea stage. Applicants should already have tested their product or service, have established proof of concept and identified a sustainable business model.

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Cassandra Staff Working to help more social entrepreneurs help more people
Matt Philippe Growth @F6S