The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Program is the premier award for students that own and run businesses while attending a high school, college or university.

Selected applicants compete against their peers by presenting their businesses to a panel of judges. All participating students receive feedback from the judges. The top regional and national winners advance to the 2013 GSEA Global Finals for the opportunity to engage with world class entrepreneurs, receive media exposure, win cash, and share in over $150,000 in donated business services.

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About

What?
The GSEA (Global Student Entrepreneur Awards) is the premier global competition for high school, undergraduate and graduate students who own and operate businesses while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, the GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.

Why?
GSEA supports early-stage student entrepreneurs who require much needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.

Vision
To be the most prestigious award for undergraduate entrepreneurs.

Mission
To inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to undergraduate business owners whose companies are innovative, profitable, socially responsible and adhere to high ethical standards.

Who?
Undergraduate and graduate students who have owned and operated a business for at least six months are eligible to be nominated to compete for the title of Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Global Champion.

Where?
Regional competitions are held in 25 countries and the Global Finals competition is held during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

When?
The competitions take place from April to October with the final global competition held in November.

Timeline

  • 1998: Program originated in John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA.
  • 1998: Program expands to encompass North America (Canada, US, Mexico).
  • 2002: Name change to GSEA to reflect new global scope (all countries worldwide).
  • 2006: Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) takes over the program from Saint Louis University to provide a sustainable model and continue global growth and expansion.
  • 2006: Mercedes-Benz Financial signs on as GSEA Global Partner.
  • 2007: GSEA nominations hit 750; expansion into Australia, Africa and Asia; more than US$100,000 in prizes available; student finalists had businesses ranging in size from US$750,000 to more than US$2 million.
  • 2008: GSEA nominations hit 1,000; more than US$150,000 in prizes awarded to the Global Finalists; more than 60 elite judges with a combined net worth of more than US$2 Billion in attendance.
  • 2009: GSEA nominations hit 1,500; more than $250,000 in prizes awarded to students in regional and global competitions; expansion into 12 new countries for a total of 18; more than 90 elite judges at the 2009 GSEA Global Finals.
  • 2010: GSEA nominations expected to reach 2000; global program expansion in to 7 new countries for a total of 25.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)

  • Founded in 1987, EO is the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs.
  • Network has more than 7,600 members across 113 chapters in 39 countries.
  • Average Entrepreneurs’ Organization member is 40 years old and runs a company with US$18.3 million in annual sales.

Web sites
www.gsea.org and www.eonetwork.org

Saint Louis University – John Cook School of Business
Since 1998, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding undergraduates who juggle a course load as a student and run their own businesses at the same time. Since its inception, the program has become one of the largest and fastest-growing global competitions in terms of the number of partnering schools and participating students. The program’s mission is to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners whose companies adhere to high ethical standards, are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. The Entrepreneurs’ Organizations’ (EO) leadership of the GSEA program began in 2006, and since then, student entrepreneurs have tapped into the collective knowledge and experience of EO members, gaining access to global networks and to a community that understands passion, struggle, drive and success.

For more information visit http://www.slu.edu/business.xml