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 a University 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.
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.
- Nominate a student entrepreneur. (self nomination is accepted)
- Nominee receives a personal online application link via e-mail.
- Nominee submits the online application.
- Application is reviewed by a panel of Entrepreneurs' Organization Members.
- Successful applicant is scheduled to compete in a live or virtual competition.
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
- Bernhard, Jr., Kent (21 Nov 2011), "No Water Added", Portfolio.com, retrieved 21 Dec 2011
- staff (20 Nov 2009), Barbara Pruitt, ed., Canadian Student and Music Megabusiness Owner Crowned Champion 2009 Global Student Entrepreneur (press release), Kauffman Foundation, retrieved 21 Dec 2011