Empowering student entrepreneurs to become
the world’s most influential change makers.
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.
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)
is the premier global competition for undergraduate
and graduate college/university students who own
and operate a for-profit and/or social enterprise
structured business for at least six months while
attending college or university.
This years keynote speaker is Kirk Simpson, CEO and co-founder of Wave
In 2010, Kirk co-founded Wave, and has since guided the company to 3.5 million small businesses registered, 180+ people on the Wave team, and nearly $100 million in funding raised from investors around the world. Under Kirk, Wave has won numerous awards for leadership, culture, and innovation, including the Deloitte Fast 50, the KPMG Fintech 100, and Globe & Mail's Employee Recommended Workplaces. In addition, Kirk has served as advisor to the Next 36, and provides mentorship to young entrepreneurs and startup visionaries.