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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High School Student Award

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) will recognize a high school student entrepreneur at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) annual Global Finals award ceremony.

The winning high school student entrepreneur will be flown to the GSEA Global Finals, receive a complimentary hotel stay and have the opportunity to present their business to an international panel of EO Members, student alumni, guests and media.

High School Eligibility Criteria

  1. The student must be a high school student (grade 8-12) at a recognized high school for the 2012/2013 academic year and enrolled in school at the time of application.
  2. The student must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of their company and principally responsible for its operation.
  3. The student’s company must have been in business for at least the last six consecutive months, and the business must be a for-profit business.
  4. The student must have not been the GSEA winner in the past.

Eligible high school students who are interested in the award must submit the application form.

The submission deadline for the High School Award is 15 September 2013.

Once the submission deadline is over, the completed high school applications will be reviewed by a panel of EO Members and one international winner will be selected.

High School Application Evaluation Criteria

  • Completeness. At time of review, the student entrepreneur submitted a signed letter from accountant or financials verifying business revenues;
  • Application show student entrepreneurs’ ability to overcome obstacles;
  • Clarity of business mission and vision;
  • Leadership;
  • Innovation

Past High School Award Winners

Megan Holstein
Pufferfish Software
Dublin Coffman High School

Tony Ren
Median Web Solutions
Bayview Secondary School

Dino Zaharakis
Saucon Valley

Donny Ouyang
Kinkarso Tech Ltd.
A. R. MacNeill Secondary School

Leanna Archer
Leanna’s Inc.


For more information on the High School Award, please contact