Students Representing 50 Countries at the 2020 EO GSEA Global Finals

50 studentpreneurs from 50 countries to compete for the world championship

Alexandria, Virginia, USA (19 June 2020)
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business owners, is taking the final competition round of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) virtual for the first time ever. The annual event is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university.

This year’s local and national competitions have culminated in 50 of the top student entrepreneurs from 50 countries. Semi-final rounds have officially kicked-off and they are currently competing for a chance to proceed to the global finals on 30 July 2020.

EO GSEA Global Chair, Jorge Gomez says: “We are excited to welcome all 50 national winners to the next round of the competition. While the COVID-19 crisis created an air of uncertainty around the world, it reinforced our determination to continue supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs. Along with the virtual competition, EO is hosting online learning and mentorship for all finalists. By encouraging interactions with peers and other experienced entrepreneurs, the GSEA platform offers learning and growth, allows for exchange of ideas and creates opportunities for collaboration.”

The 2020 EO GSEA competition has seen over 1500 applications for qualifying rounds across the world. Winners from each country will now be competing for the title of Global Champion and prize winnings of US$25,000 in cash.

Judges for the final round are prominent members and partners of the organization including EO Chair, Jason Sze and CFO, Microsoft India R&D, Amaresh Ramaswamy. Also on the judging panel this year is Daniela Blanco, the 2019 EO GSEA Global Champion and founder of Sunthetics. Her company focuses on helping the chemical industry become more sustainable by developing electrically driven chemical processes to replace traditional heat-powered ones.

Reflecting on the changes in the competition this year, Jorge Gomez added, “The global finals were scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa this April. While travel restrictions have deprived us all of the opportunity to meet in-person, the virtual competition rounds have set the stage for a truly global experience. The final round competitions will be livestreamed and we hope the broadcast encourages more students to pursue their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.”

To learn more about studentpreneurs making their way to the 2020 EO GSEA Global Finals, click here. Follow EO GSEA on Facebook and Instagram for competition updates and stay tuned for an invitation to watch the global finals live.


About Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000 influential business owners with 198 chapters in 62 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for university students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,500 prominent student entrepreneurs from over 50 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 honoured 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.

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