GHIC 2015: Global Health & Innovation Conference
March 28-29, 2015
Yale University, New Haven, CT

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Social Enterprise Pitch

The 2015 Global Health & Innovation Conference will include special sessions where selected participants will present their new idea in the format of a 5-minute social enterprise pitch. Following the pitch, there is a 15-minute period for discussion with two expert conference speakers, questions and answers, feedback from the audience. This will provide participants with an opportunity to formulate and present their idea, collaborate with others interested in their idea, and receive feedback and ideas from expert speakers and from other conference participants. Professionals and students are eligible to submit a social enterprise pitch.

Social Enterprise Pitch Categories

The social enterprise pitch should be program-focused and can be targeted for any country or countries worldwide.

Instructions For Submitting Social Enterprise Pitch Abstracts

What is a Social Enterprise Pitch?

The social enterprise pitch session at the Global Health & Innovation Conference is a unique opportunity for the speakers to present their new idea in the format of a 5-minute pitch. All of the presentations are ideas that are being developed, meaning that the ideas are in the brainstorming, early development, or early implementation stage.  Following each presenter’s 5-minute pitch, there is a 15-minute period for discussion and coaching with two expert speakers, questions, answers, and feedback from the audience.  This format provides presenters with an opportunity to formulate their idea, collaborate with others interested in their idea, and receive feedback and ideas. The goal is a dynamic session in which participants and speakers will network and collaborate about the innovative ideas, and the hope is that we will see many of these ideas effectively implemented in the future.

Format: The selected pitch presenter ("trainee") will arrive to the Social Enterprise Lab with two of their high priority questions. After presenting the 5-minute pitch, the pitch presenter will sit at the front of the room with two of the conference speakers ("coaches") who have extensive experience related to the interests of the trainee. A 15-minute dialogue will then begin between the pitch presenter and the two expert speakers.

"In pitching Clean Life Corps at the Global Health & Innovation Conference, I felt as though it was the first time I had a room full of people who were truly listening to what we have to say… and to the novice ‘phil-entrepreneur’, that support and grounded feedback mean everything."--Trevor Thunell, Engineer, 2013 Pitch Presenter

How to Apply

First, submit an abstract: Submit an abstract on the Conference Registration Page at the time that you register to attend the conference. When you submit your registration form and payment to attend the conference, your social enterprise pitch abstract will be automatically submitted to Unite For Sight for review. You must submit your abstract at the same time that you submit your conference registration payment. If your registration and payment do not transmit properly, please review the page to be sure that you have filled in all of the required fields on the form.

Second, submit a 5-minute video: The highest quality abstracts will be invited to submit a 5-minute video of their proposed pitch. The 2015 conference's social enterprise pitch presenters will be selected based on the quality of the video application submissions.

Submission Topics

We welcome submissions pertaining to all fields relevant to global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. You may see the 2014 social enterprise pitches at, 2013 social enterprise pitches at, and you may see the 2012 social enterprise pitches at

Conference Registration is Required

Submitting an abstract represents a commitment to attend the 2015 Global Health & Innovation Conference, irrespective of acceptance of an abstract. The opportunity to submit an abstract for consideration is available only to those who plan to attend the conference for educational and networking purposes, and not to those who wish to attend exclusively for the opportunity to present. Therefore, all persons submitting an abstract must register and submit payment to attend the conference at the time that they submit the abstract.

Abstract Submission Format

Abstract: 250 word maximum (longer abstracts will not be reviewed and will be automatically rejected)
The abstract must be formatted to include problem, solution, innovation, based in evidence, expected impact, management and financing, stage of idea, and your "ask". Please include the headers (i.e. problem, solution, innovation, based in evidence, expected impact, management and financing, stage of idea, your "ask"). The headers do not count towards the word count.

Abstract Selection Criteria

Students and professionals are eligible to submit an abstract for presentation. The social enterprise pitch should include the details described below. The pitch abstract will be evaluated based on the level of innovation, the expected impact and description of metrics, and the details that indicate that it is evidence-based and will be effective.

Before submitting a pitch abstract, please first review "How To Write A Quality Pitch Abstract".

The abstract will be reviewed according to the following criteria:

Video Submission Format (Part 2 of Application Process)

The video submission opportunity is available only to those who are invited, based on the quality of their abstract, so submit the video presentation for consideration. The video submission must be no longer than 5 minutes, and all of the content required in the abstract must be included in the video presentation. The video will also be evaluated based on the quality of the presentation and by the presenter's ability to effectively and clearly communicate the pitch. If selected for presentation at the conference, the presenter would convey the content of the 5-minute video in their 5-minute pitch presentation on March 28-20, 2015.

The video will be evaluated exclusively based on the quality of the presentation, and not based on the quality of the videotaping. Simply videotaping on a mobile device (iphone, ipad, etc.), for example, will be suitable. Videos that are any longer than 5 minutes will be automatically disqualified. Those who are invited to submit the video (step 2 of the application process) will receive instructions for submission.

Co-authors and Co-founders

The conference participant who will be in attendance and presenting the pitch must submit the abstract under their name. If both authors will be in attendance, then either of you may submit the pitch, but the pitch must be submitted only once for consideration. The author submitting the pitch must be the presenter at the conference, and this author will also receive all communication from Unite For Sight. Other authors are encouraged to attend the conference, but the other authors may not present the pitch at the conference.

Abstract Review and Selection

Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline. The first qualified submissions will be invited for video submission, and the highest quality video submitters will be selected for presentation at the conference. We encourage you to submit your social enterprise pitch abstract as soon as you decide that you would like to present. Submitters will be notified about the decision on their abstract within approximately 4-6 weeks from submission, and they will be notified about the final decision on their video submission within an additional 4 weeks from submission.

Abstract Acceptance, Next Steps, and Presentations

If my social enterprise pitch is accepted for oral presentation, what are the next steps?

What should be included in the social enterprise pitch presentation at the conference?

If you are accepted to present at the conference, you should include all of the important items in your abstract: problem, solution, innovation, evidence-base, impact, management and financing as well as the stage of your idea and your "ask". When you are creating and practicing your presentation, you should consider what you hope to learn from the experience. What type of ideas/plans and obstacles are you currently working through?  What type of people do you hope to connect with at the conference and during your session? The answers to these questions may help you to highlight certain aspect of your pitch and de-emphasize others.

The most effective presentations will explain your innovation in a way that is immediately understood by the audience.  By the end of the presentation, the audience should understand why the idea is needed, how the idea will be implemented, and how the impact will occur.  In general, it is best to avoid using jargon or abstract ideas.  Instead, the pitch should provide concrete examples and real-life stories to illustrate the plan.  While you will have 5 minutes for your presentation, the more succinctly you are able to communicate your idea, the better.  Therefore, you should practice your social enterprise pitch in advance to ensure that it is no more than 5 minutes.  A bell will ring to conclude your presentation at 5 minutes. 

Other Social Entrepreneurship Opportunities

We warmly invite you to attend the Social Entrepreneurship Institute on Friday, December 5, 2014, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.  Presented by Unite For Sight, the Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development.  In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.  Space is limited, and we encourage early registration. Contact for details.

You may alternatively or additionally be interested in the Social Enterprise Consulting Lab.


If you have any questions, please email Tiffany Aquino at