GSEA 2022-2023 @EOOdisha
What is 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…in hopes to qualify for the GSEA Global Finals. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.
Why does GSEA Exist?
EO GSEA supports student entrepreneurs who require much-needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.
VISION: Empowering student entrepreneurs to become the world’s most influential change makers.
MISSION: To give student entrepreneurs the opportunity to accelerate their success, challenge the status quo, connect to an instrumental peer group and make the greatest impact possible in their community.
Who is eligible to apply for GSEA?
Undergraduate and graduate* college/university students who own and operate a business for at least six months are eligible to compete.
*Graduate students are eligible to apply only if they have continually enrolled in a university following their undergraduate degree and not left school to work on their business or to seek other employment. Exceptions can be made for students who have taken up to one academic year’s break before beginning their postgraduate education.
Aside from the prize money, How does winning GSEA benefit student entrepreneurs?
Access to successful entrepreneurs. Feedback. Mentorship.
Refined elevator pitches. Going head to head with other business owners and answering tough questions about their business to our judges helps competitors improve their pitch skills and enhance their ability to communicate the value proposition of their business.
Expanded networks. Competitors will meet other student entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) members and our honored guests.
Media Exposure. Competitors will receive local and national media attention for themselves and their business.
What are the prizes for GSEA at the global level?
Prizes are generally a combination of cash and business services and will vary by location.
At the Global Finals, students will compete for a prize package of US$25,000 in cash with a total prize value of over $40,000, which will include a travel/lodging expense paid trip to compete in the Global Finals. Second place will receive prizes worth US$10,000 and third place will receive prizes worth US$5,000.
Additional awards are given at the Global Finals for Social Impact, Innovation, and Lessons from the Edge.
Where are the GSEA finals being held?
Qualifying competitions are held in cities and countries worldwide .The 2020 Global Finals competition was held in Cape Town, South Africa. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Global Finals were held online for the safety of our participating student entrepreneurs, members and esteemed judges.
(The physical event is subject to health & safety concerns, and depends on easing of global travel restrictions. If it is not safe to conduct physical awards, the GSEA awards will be conducted via web-conferencing.)
What you gain by associating with GSEA
GSEA provides you the opportunity to showcase your business to one of the largest community of entrepreneurs and prospective investors in the world.
Get mentored by EO members, who are amongst the most experienced and influential business owners from around the world.
Gain access and visibility to the highly coveted EO Network.
Get expert guidance through learning sessions from EO Members.
Step 1: Application
Apply for EO GSEA Awards to the Odisha chapter. If selected, move to step 2.
Step 2: Regional Semi-Finals
Take part in the regional semi-finals, along with the region’s top 100 student entrepreneurs and upon selection advance to step 3.
Step 3: Regional Finals
Participate in the regional finals with 10 of the region’s best student entrepreneurs. Be proclaimed EO Odisha’s victor and represent us at the National Finals.
Step 4: National Finals
The national GSEA finals will be a competition between India’s top 30 student entrepreneurs.
Step 5: Global Finals
50 of the world’s top student entrepreneurs will compete for the global GSEA awards!
Step 6: Win!
Become the Global EO GSEA Student Champion by winning the Global GSEA 2022-2023.
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.
Businesses at the idea stage are not eligible.
Other Qualification Notes
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.