About GSEA

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.

GSEA – Where student entrepreneurs become master entrepreneurs.
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is a thrilling, pitch-based competition for the ambitious community of college and university students around the world who have also started their own businesses. Spanning across the globe, EO GSEA is a source of much-needed mentorship, recognition, networking and even funding for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

How it works
Originally hosting nominees from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in 1998, GSEA has truly gone global, with 50+ countries now participating. Nominees pitch their businesses to a panel of judges at all stages of competition, beginning on a local level. Finalists then proceed to a national competition with the aim of qualifying for the Global Finals.

Pushing you forward to the next level of success
EO GSEA meets your drive and ambition with the resources and knowledge you need to take the next step in your future as a mover of mountains.
Connect with a global community of experienced mentors and fellow entrepreneurs who want to see you succeed
Brush up on your pitch skills, so you can raise money anytime, anywhere
Receive a new level of publicity through initiatives like our miniseries Start It Up 🌟
Compete for cash prizes to fund the expansion and development of your company and your dream

Who is eligible
GSEA applicants should be university or college undergraduate or graduate students, either full or part time, and by the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of a business that has been in operation for at least 6 months, and either generated US $500 in revenue or received US $1,000 in investments. Your business doesn’t need to be big, but your dreams do.

There are winners… and then there are winners
GSEA participants all get to benefit from the opportunities and learning experiences inherent to being a part of the broader EO community. However, the total value of all prizes, gifts and services for all competitors at the Global Finals is nearly half a million dollars, with first place receive US $50,000 in cash, second $20,000 and third US $10,000.

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