student entrepreneurs

our next leaders

Through our Global Student Entrepreneur Awards(GSEA) program, we empower student entrepreneurs to become the world’s most influential change makers.

EO GSEA(Global Student Entrepreneur Awards) MISSION

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.


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About the program

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards(GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. GSEA supports student entrepreneurs who require much needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success. Nominees compete against their peers from all over the world in a series of local and/or national competitions with the hope of qualifying for the GSEA Finals.



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  • Connect with

    other student entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as EO members and honoured guests. Expand your network.

  • Go head-to-head

    with your peers. Answer tough questions about your business and hone your pitch skills.

  • Connect with

    other successful entrepreneurs who will provide invaluable feedback and mentorship.

  • Receive media exposure.

    Competitors will receive local and national media attention for themselves and their businesses.

To take your business to the next level

What can
you win?

EO GSEA(Global Student Entrepreneur Awards) participants compete for a global prize package worth $25,000 US in cash. All EO GSEA finalists receive a paid trip (airfare and lodging) to compete in the EO GSEA Global Finals, donated business services, access to the EO community and mentorship. The total value of all prizes, gifts and services for all student competitors at the EO GSEA Global Finals is nearly half a million dollars.

  • Step 1

    Must be an undergraduate or graduate college/university student with a company: operating for at least 6 months with at least $500 in generated revenue.

  • Step 2

    Apply and compete in a local competition.

  • Step 3

    Win a national competition.

  • Step 4

    Advance to the GSEA Finals with 50 of the world’s best student entrepreneurs.

  • Step 5

    Win the award and become a rockstar business and more!

What participants are saying

Promotional videos & photos of the year

eo winners

Feature winners of past events

  • 2019

    EO Ottawa

    Alida Burke

  • 2018

    EO Toronto

    André Bertram

  • 2017

    EO Vancouver

    Bunny Ghatrora

  • 2016

    EO Atlantic Canada

    Alex MacLean

  • 2016

    EO Toronto

    Derek Rucki

  • 2014

    EO Ottawa

    Marian J. Muldrow

  • 2013

    Nick May

  • 2012

    EO Winnipeg

    Brett Sheffield

  • 2011

    EO Vancouver

    Jordan Gutierrez

  • 2009

    EO Vancouver

    Milan Tesovic

  • 2008

    Michael Scissons

  • 2007

    Kendal Harazny

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