Welcome to GSVC Matchmaker

This blog has been created by GSVC to facilitate matchmaking among entrepreneurs with business plans and potential entrants. Business students looking for ventures and ventures looking for business school students are encouraged to share opportunities and interests here!

For ventures seeking student talent:

Please send a short description of your venture, including stage, sector, geographic location, specific project you need student help with, and contact information to gsvc [at] haas.berkeley.edu. Please keep your business background and description to 1-2 paragraphs, and your summary of desired talent characteristics to 1 paragraph or several bullets. Please also include your location, contact information, and preferred method of contact.

All of this information will be posted by GSVC as an Entry on this site.

For students seeking a venture:

Please browse the ventures posted here and contact them either by posting a comment to the appropriate venture, or by contacting them directly.

If you have any questions about GSVC's entrant requirements, please consult the GSVC website: www.gsvc.org.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Global Citizen Year

Are you concerned that young Americans are not adequately prepared for the roles and responsibilities of Global Citizenship? Does it bother you that so few Americans have opportunities to experience what life is like for people living in extreme poverty? Do you believe it's time to provide alternatives to the Peace Corps?

I am currently in my second year at Harvard Business School where I am designing a new model for ensuring that many more – and more diverse -- young Americans to have transformative experiences with global poverty and development at a younger age. Specifically, I am working on a concept for institutionalizing a Global Citizen Year -- a program which would engage young people as apprentices with community development organization in Asia, Latin America and Africa during a gap year between high school and college. Ultimately, I envision a national program with the ethos of City Year, the impact of Teach For America, and the reach of the Peace Corps, but for a younger set of participants.

I am actively seeking partners for the business plan competitions and beyond. I am based in Cambridge, MA with plans to begin building the organization in the Bay Area beginning June 2008.
If you're interested in learning more, please contact Abby Falik (afalik at gmail.com)

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