An Entrepreneurs' Organization Global Competition

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The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for undergraduate and graduate students who own and operate businesses. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world for the chance to win capital and in-kind prizes from sponsor organizations. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.


EO GSEA supports student entrepreneurs through mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.

Vision: To be the most prestigious award for student entrepreneurs.

Mission: To inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to undergraduate business owners whose companies are innovative, profitable, socially responsible and adhere to high ethical standards.


High school, undergraduate and graduate students who own and operate a business for at least six months are eligible to compete.


Qualifying competitions are held in cities and countries worldwide, with the 2015 Global Finals competition held in Washington, DC, USA.


Qualifying competitions take place throughout the calendar year with the Global Finals held on 15-17 April 2015.

EO GSEA History

  • 1998: Program originated in John Cook School of Business, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA.
  • 1998: Program expands to encompass North America (Canada, US, Mexico).
  • 2002: Name change to GSEA to reflect new global scope (all countries worldwide).
  • 2006: Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) takes over the program from Saint Louis University to provide a sustainable model and continue global growth and expansion.
  • 2006: Mercedes-Benz Financial signs on as GSEA Global Partner.
  • 2007: GSEA nominations hit 750; expansion into Australia, Africa and Asia; more than US$100,000 in prizes available; student finalists had businesses ranging in size from US$750,000 to more than US$2 million.
  • 2008: GSEA nominations hit 1,000; more than US$150,000 in prizes awarded to the Global Finalists; more than 60 elite judges with a combined net worth of more than US$2 Billion in attendance.
  • 2009: GSEA nominations hit 1,500; more than $250,000 in prizes awarded to students in regional and global competitions; expansion into 12 new countries for a total of 18; more than 90 elite judges at the 2009 GSEA Global Finals.
  • 2010-Present: GSEA nominations expected to exceed 2000; global program continues to expand to new countries and support student entrepreneurs worldwide.

Saint Louis University – John Cook School of Business

Since 1998, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding undergraduates who juggle a course load as a student and run their own businesses at the same time. Since its inception, the program has become one of the largest and fastest-growing global competitions in terms of the number of partnering schools and participating students. The program’s mission is to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners whose companies adhere to high ethical standards, are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. The Entrepreneurs’ Organizations’ (EO) leadership of the GSEA program began in 2006, and since then, student entrepreneurs have tapped into the collective knowledge and experience of EO members, gaining access to global networks and to a community that understands passion, struggle, drive and success.

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