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.

Award Information[edit]


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.


Year Winner School Business
2011 Ludwick Marishane[1] South Africa University of Cape Town HeadBoy Industries
2010 Brent Skoda United States Texas Christian University
2009 Milun Tesovic[2] Canada Simon Fraser University MetroLeap Media
2008 Dominic Coryell United States Northeastern University Garment Valet
2007 Fraser Doherty Scotland University of Strathclyde SuperJam
2006 Michael Brown United States Chapman University ModBargains
2005 Adam Blake United States Texas Christian University Blake Venture Corp
2004 Michael Stebinger United States Utah Valley State College Tropi-Cool
2003 Joseph Keeley United States University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) College Nannies and Tutors
2002 Nick Tostenrude United States University of Portland EnableMart
2001 Patsy Gaut United States Centralia College East St. Helen’s Ash Creations
2000 Javier de Lope Frances Mexico Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Comercializadora LOFRAN
1999 Maisie Jane Bertagna United States Butte College

Strategic Partnerships[edit]

GSEA has strategic alliances with the following organizations:


  1. ^ Bernhard, Jr., Kent (21 Nov 2011), "No Water Added",, retrieved 21 Dec 2011 
  2. ^ 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 

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