Jorsey Ashbel Farms, winner of the 2013 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, turns mango seeds into livestock feed. Learn more about all the winning teams.

Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC)


Dear GSEC Friends –

It is with mixed emotion that I share our decision, after ten successful and rewarding years, to discontinue the UW Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC). 

Since we launched the competition, the social impact landscape has changed dramatically – there are more competitions like GSEC available to students worldwide, more students are expressing interest in the broader area of “global social enterprise” rather than “global social entrepreneurship”, sponsors continue to look for leading edge opportunities in which to invest, and business and employment opportunities are evolving. 

As a result, we are developing new programs that will better meet current stakeholder needs for global social enterprise education. 

 We wouldn’t be at this pivotal point without the support of all of you as participants, volunteers, investors, mentors, judges and host families.  Thank you for all that you have done for us these past 10 years!  We look forward to sharing our new ideas with you in the coming months and hope that you will continue to partner with us on innovative business programs for global impact.

Kind regards,

Kirsten Aoyama
Director, Global Business Center
Michael G. Foster School of Business
University of Washington