Eligible students are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student of a recognized college or university. Students need to be primarily responsible for the operation of a business that has been operating for no less than six (6) consecutive months. The applicant must meet the following criteria:
1. Enrolment in a university/college at the time of application. Full-time enrolment is not required; part-time enrolment is acceptable.
· If an applicant is attending university/college in a country other than his/her origin of birth, he/she will represent the country of study if he/she advances to the GSEA Finals.
2. Operation of the business for at least six months prior to the application with generated revenue of US$500 or US$1,000 in investment/backing.
· The EO GSEA Local Chair may use their judgment to determine when business operations were actively taking place and if the student meets the six-month threshold.
o Suggested methods of verification:
· Date of business incorporation
· Date of bank account opened
· Date of first investment
(Cash prize earnings from prior competitions are accepted as revenue and/or investment backing. The student can graduate before the competition takes place as long as he/she is enrolled upon application submission).
3. The age cap for participation is 35 years of age.
4. The student must be an undergraduate or graduate student, as defined by the level of collegiate education following secondary/ high school.
· 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 12 months’ break before beginning their postgraduate education.
· Secondary/high school students are not eligible for the EO GSEA program.
Students who competed in prior EO GSEA competitions are eligible to participate again, unless they were previously selected as a top five Global Finalist, provided they meet the other criteria.
Students can apply by filling out the online application at www.GSEA.org/apply.
Upon review of the applications, selected students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their business and entrepreneurial journey in front of a panel of entrepreneur judges. The winner of this competition will be recognized as the South African champion and will attend the GSEA Finals in April 14-17, 2018 in Toronto, Canada to compete with the world’s top student entrepreneurs and have a chance to win over US$400,000 in case and donated business services.
The application deadline is 20 October 2017.
About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for undergraduate students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,700 of the prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 60 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA is generously supported by Thomas Franchise Solutions. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to www.gsea.org and follow GSEA on Twitter at @EO_GSEA, like GSEA on Facebook at Facebook.com/EO.GSEA, and subscribe to GSEA on YouTube at YouTube.com/GSEA competition, finally, follow EO_GSEA on Instagram.
About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global business network of more than 12,000 business owners in more than 160 chapters and 50 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The organization’s vision is to build the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, which aligns with its mission of supporting entrepreneurial education and engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization also operates the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier award program for undergraduate students that own and run businesses while attending college or university; and EO Accelerator, a series of quarterly, high-impact learning events designed to provide top business owners with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to grow their businesses to more than US$1 million in annual revenue.