GHIC 2014
Global Health & Innovation Conference
April 12–13, 2014
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Click Here To Submit A Social Enterprise Pitch & Register For The Conference

Social Enterprise Pitch

The 2014 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 5-minute period for questions and answers, as well as 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 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 5-minute period for 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.

"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 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.

Submission Topics

We welcome submissions pertaining to all fields relevant to global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. You may see the 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 2014 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.

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.

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 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:

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 accepted. We encourage you to submit your social enterprise pitch 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.

Special Expert Personalized Advising Sessions at the Conference ("Social Enterprise Labs")

Overview: Select social enterprise pitch presenters will additionally be invited to participate in special 20-minute coaching sessions with two conference speakers. These sessions are called "Social Enterprise Labs". The highest quality pitch submissions will be chosen for this opportunity. The pitch presenters still receive the same standard formal pitch presentation slot (5 minutes of presentation and 5 minutes of audience Q/A).  As an additional opportunity, select pitch presenters will also participate in a separate session in which they will present their ideas and questions directly to two of the conference speakers who have extensive experience related to the pitch topic. The conference audience is also welcome to attend the Social Enterprise Labs so that they, too, can learn from the speakers' expertise related to the pitch presenters' topics and questions.

Format: The selected pitch presenter ("trainee") will arrive to the Social Enterprise Lab with two of their high priority questions. The trainee 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. The trainee will present their 5-minute pitch, which will be followed by the standard 5 minutes of Q&A with the audience. Then, the trainee will sit with the two expert conference speakers for 20 minutes at the front of the venue. A dialogue will then begin between the trainee and the coaches. The coaching session is a 20-minute conversation between the trainee and the coaches. At the end of the 20 minutes, the first trainee will return to the audience, and the next selected trainee will present their pitch, followed by 20-minute coaching by the two experts.

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 6, 2013, 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.

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


If you have any questions, please email Rachel Turkel at