2019/2020 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)

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EO Sydney is excited to announce that applications for the 2019/2020 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards are now open!

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals.


  1. You must be enrolled for the current academic year in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate* student at the time of application. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is acceptable.
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your company and principally responsible for its operation. Each company can be represented by only one owner/co-founder.
  3. Your business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application.
  4. Your business must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application.
  5. You should not have been one of the top seven finalists from any previous year's GSEA Global Finals Competition.
  6. The age cap for participation is 30 years of age.

*Graduate students are eligible to apply only if they have continually enrolled in a university following their undergraduate degree and not left school to work on their business or to seek other employment. Exceptions can be made for students who have taken up to 12 months' break before beginning their postgraduate education.


At the Global Finals, students compete for a prize package of US$25,000 in cash and a total value of over $40,000, which includes a travel/lodging expense paid trip to compete in the Global Finals. Second place will receive US$10,000 and third place will receive US$5,000.

Additional awards are given at the Global Finals for Social Impact, Innovation, and Lessons from the Edge.

How to apply

The 2019-2020 GSEA Competition season is now open!

Please click on the "Apply now" button on the top-right of this page to submit your application. If you do not see your country listed as an option, please feel free to still apply and select "Other" as your competition selection. As competition locations are confirmed regularly, you will be connected with a competition should one become available in your city/country.

  • 29 November 2019 - Australian National Finals, Sydney
  • 26 - 28 April 2020 - Global Finals, Cape Town, South Africa

Further information

For further competition details visit the EO GSEA website

For more information contact EO Sydney here