Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) 

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the catalyst that inspires students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures. GSEA operates an international series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university.

As the premier global competition for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, GSEA represents over 1,700 of the leading student entrepreneurs from over 20 countries.

Want to compete?
In addition to being enrolled at a recognized high school, college or university, students must own a for-profit business that has been operational for a minimum of six consecutive months, and be principally responsible for the operation of the company at the time of applying.

Have what it takes? Go to to learn more and apply! Compete through local and regional competitions to win your shot at going head to head against the best student entrepreneurs in the world at the GSEA Global Finals.

Give Back to the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
GSEA is always looking for judges to have an invaluable effect on the next generation of business leaders.  By judging a GSEA competition you inspire students to adopt the entrepreneurial mind-set and are taken back to the times when you wish you could have received experience from people before you who have taken the road less traveled.

If you are interested in judging a GSEA competition, please email

Participating in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards was a game-changing experience for my personal and professional growth. Winning is proof that crazy high school dreams can go on to bring about real change in the world.

– Ludwick Marishane, Founder of Headboy Industries, 2011 GSEA Champion.

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EO is supporting high-growth emerging entrepreneurs by expanding its mentorship program to the 30 finalists of the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) competition. With support from the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a program of the Aspen Institute; and in partnership with MicroMentor, a program of Mercy Corps; we are building the mentor pool by reaching out to the corporate social responsibility programs of internationally-based companies to recruit c-level and executive level volunteer mentors. For more information, please see the press release and visit MicroMentor.

EO members are also invited to join as mentors, and are encouraged to spread the word among their colleagues and contacts. A self-nomination and recommendation form for mentor prospects can be found here.

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