In 2013, over 1600 student entrepreneurs from 37 countries applied for the GSEA. Over the course of eight months, the students participated in rigorous local and regional competitions that brought the field down to the top 43 student entrepreneurs. On 20-22 November, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards held its culminating event, the GSEA Global Finals, in Washington, DC USA to celebrate entrepreneurship and crown the 2013 GSEA Global Champion.
GSEA Finals Event Highlights:
- Forty-Three (43) of the world’s top student entrepreneurs from twenty-seven (27) countries were named Global Finalists.
- For the second year in a row, the student winner from the EO Utah Local and EO Alchemy Regional competitions was named the GSEA Global Champion:
- Winner: Spencer Quinn (USA), founder of
- First Runner-Up: Daniel Fine (USA), founder of
- Second Runner-Up: Jordi Munoz (Mexico), founder of
- The fourth annual High School Award Winner was recognized: Megan Holstein (USA), founder of
- Bonus Award Recipients:
- Social Impact: Jolijt Tamanaha (USA), founder of
- Innovation: Spencer Quinn (USA), founder of FiberFix
- Lessons From The Edge: Natalia Maczek (Poland), founder of
- International Finance Corporation (IFC) award: Sofia de Huguet (El Salvador), founder of
- The IFC Award is given to a profitable, sustainable business creating job opportunities in developing countries.
- There were eleven new GSEA program launches this year: Colombia, Columbus (USA), DC (USA), Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Japan, Panama, Philadelphia (USA), Philippines, Poland, Singapore
Global Finalist Countries:
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, USA, Zambia, Zimbabwe