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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Past Winners

2012 – Current Champion
Chelsea Sloan
Uptown Cheapskate
University of Utah
USA

Chelsea Sloan is the founder of Uptown Cheapskate, a teen/young adult fashion exchange franchise. Sloan opened the first Uptown Cheapskate location in Salt Lake City, Utah with her brother, Scott Sloan, in 2009.

Sloan and her brother started Uptown Cheapskate because they saw a need for a store that provided teenagers and 20-somethings a place to go to sell their slightly used fashion items and buy those of others. And they saw the need for those stores to be nicer than the run-of-the-mill thrift shop experience. “Our stores look like the mall,” Sloan said.

After just eight months in operation and turning a profit, Sloan franchised the trendy consignment store and has since expanded to 20 locations in 12 states. She’s planning 16 new stores in the next year and wants to have 101 stores in all by 2016 and she said she had already hired the staff needed to expand to 50.

Source: Upstart Business Journal

2011
Ludwick Marishane
Headboy Industries LLC
University of Cape Town
South Africa

2010
Brent Skoda
CollegeFitness.com
Texas Christian University
USA

2009
Milun Tesovic
MetroLeap Media, Inc
Simon Fraser University
Canada

2008

Dominic Coryell
Husky Express
Northeastern University
USA

2007
Fraser Doherty
SuperJam
University of Strathclyde
Scotland

2006
Michael Brown
Modbargains.com
Chapman University
USA

2005

Adam Blake
B&B Acquisitions
Texas Christian University
USA

2004

Michael Stebinger
Tropi-Cool, Inc.
Utah Valley State College
USA

2003

Joseph Keeley
College Nannies
University of St. Thomas
USA

2002

Nick Tostenrude
EnableMart
University of Portland
USA

2001

Patsy Gaut
St. Helen’s Ash Creations
Centralia College East
USA

2000

Javier de Lope Frances
Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superirores de Monterrey
Mexico

1999
Maisie Jane Bertagna
Butte College
USA