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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Overview and Values

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is a catalyst that inspires students and young people to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures. The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards are a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

The GSEA operates as an international series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university, who own a for-profit business, are principally responsible for its operation, and have been operational for a minimum of six consecutive months.


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


To be the most prestigious award for student entrepreneurs who are running viable businesses with sales.

Contact the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Greta Arnold
GSEA Program Manager (Global)
Phone: +1.703.837.6064

EO Global Headquarters
500 Montgomery Street, Suite 700
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Phone: +1.703.519.6700
Fax: +1.703.519.1864

GSEA Global Leadership

Bob Strade
Executive Director
Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Brian Costanzo
Senior Vice President, Membership
Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Emily P. Egan
Vice President, Emerging Programs
Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Dan Heuertz
Emerging Programs Committee Chairman
Entrepreneurs’ Organization Chicago Member

Adam Robinson
GSEA Global Sub-Committee Chairman
Entrepreneurs’ Organization Chicago Member

GSEA Regional Leadership

Manny Ayala
GSEA Director, Asia Pacific Region
Entrepreneurs’ Organization Philippines Member

Pablo Hernandez-O’Hagan
GSEA Director, Latin America-Caribbean Region
Entrepreneurs’ Organization Mexico City Member

Marsha Ralls
GSEA Director, Eastern United States Region
Entrepreneurs’ Organization DC Member

Annush Ramasamy
GSEA Director, South Asia Region
Entrepreneurs’ Organization Coimbatore Member