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Global Social Venture Competition – The GSVC funds both nonprofit and for-profit student start-up social ventures. Organized by the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in cooperation with five Regional Partners and four Outreach Partners, teams around the world compete for the top prize of $25,000 while gaining valuable professional feedback on their ventures. To qualify, each team must include a graduate business student from any business school in the world or an individual who has graduated from a graduate business program within the past two years (from the date that the plan is first submitted). The graduate business student must be actively involved in the venture. Deadline to submit your executive summary is January 10, 2010.

SocialReturns - Previously the Yale School of Management- The Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Ventures National Business Plan Competition, which ceased operations in September 2005, SocialReturns (a much better name!) is launching a new series of Social Enterprise Business Plan Competitions in the next several months. Stay tuned for an announcement about the award categories, the criteria for entrance, and the start date for the first competition by registering online.

Scaling Social Impact Competition – The “early-stage growth” competition is for U.S. nonprofits with a focus in education, youth development, health, poverty alleviation or community economic development and that have an “intent to scale.” The winner will receive up to $50,000 in cash and the services of a consulting firm to further develop its growth plan. The annual competition includes three rounds of evaluation. To apply for Round 1, submit your application by December 18, 2009.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition – Students from around the world, and across fields of study, are invited to apply with their innovative, commercially sustainable business solutions to problems of poverty in developing economies. Applicants go through three rounds to compete for a total of $17,000 in prize money. Applications for this year closed earlier this month.