Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA) 2021/2022

Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA) 2021/2022

Deadline: Varies by Location

Applications are open for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA) 2021/2022. The 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.


Prizes are generally a combination of cash and business services and will vary by location.

  • At the Global Finals, students compete for a prize package of US$25,000 in cash and a total value of over $40,000, which includes a travel/lodging expense paid trip to compete in the Global Finals. Second place will receive US$10,000 and third place will receive US$5,000.
  • Additional awards are given at the Global Finals for Social Impact, Innovation, and Lessons from the Edge.


  • You must be enrolled for the current academic year in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate* student at the time of application. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is acceptable.
  • You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your company and principally responsible for its operation. Each company can be represented by only one owner/co-founder.
  • Your business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application.
  • Your business must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application.
  • You should not have been one of the top seven finalists from any previous year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition.
  • The age cap for participation is 30 years of age.

Judging Criteria

Part 1: Evaluate the Entrepreneur

  • The student demonstrates the tenacious spirit needed to succeed as an entrepreneur. He/she has encountered challenges, overcome them, and learned from his/her mistakes.
  • The student is effectively integrating the two roles of life – as a student AND a business owner.
  • The student demonstrates a desire to build a better tomorrow. He/she aims to improve a process or solve a problem with motivations not solely based on driving profits.
  • EO Core Value #1 – Trust and Respect – The student has demonstrated an appropriate degree of trust
    and respect in his/her interactions with the judges. He/she is true to self, demonstrating vulnerability and openness. You find him/her to be trustworthy.
  • EO Core Value #2 – Thirst for Learning – The student is seeking out expert advice and wisdom, and proactively growing his/her own knowledge. He/she is naturally curious.
  • EO Core Value #3 – Think Big, Be Bold – The student is taking smart risks and evolving to meet changing circumstances. He/she aims to make positive change.
  • EO Core Value #4 – Together We Grow – The student is open-minded, adds value to the entrepreneurial community and is committed to helping others grow. He/she values diversity and inclusivity in life and business.

Part 2: Evaluate the Business

  • Has the student demonstrated a knowledge of strong business fundamentals and shown that they are in practice in the business? Has he/she provided information relating to the growth, revenue and profit of the business?
  • Has the student effectively communicated the business and its vision?
  • Does the business show strong potential for future growth?


Deadlines vary by location. When you select your competition on the application, you will see the local deadline.

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For more information, visit GSEA.