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Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

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The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is an international competition series established in 1998 which recognizes excellence among student entrepreneurs who own for-profit businesses while attending high-school or college.


The GSEA program is an Entrepreneurs' Organization program, in partnership with Mercedes-Benz Financial. The GSEA program was founded by the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and was taken over by Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) in 2006. EO is a non-profit global network of more than 10,000 business owners in 48 countries. The average EO member sales is $52.3 million per year.

Award Information


The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards welcomes anyone who qualifies as the following:

Here are the criteria for the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards:

– The student must be an undergraduate student at a recognized university or college for the 2009/2010 academic year and enrolled in school at the time of application.

– The student must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of their company and principally responsible for its operation.

– The student’s company must have been in business for at least the past six consecutive months, and the business must be a for-profit business.

– The student must have not been the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards winner in the past and/or were not one of the final round competitors at the Globa Finals for the 2009 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition.

Nomination Process:

  1. Nominate a student entrepreneur. (self nomination is accepted)
  2. Nominee receives a personal online application link via e-mail.
  3. Nominee submits the online application.
  4. Application is reviewed by a panel of Entrepreneurs' Organization Members.
  5. Successful applicant is scheduled to compete in a live or virtual competition.

Strategic Partnerships

GSEA has strategic alliances with the following organizations:

  • Mercedes Benz Financial
  • EO Accelerator program
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • NYSE Foundation
  • Acton Foundation
  • Ernst and Young
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Young Presidents' Organization
  • References

    Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Wikipedia

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