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The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university (including Swiss “Fachhochschule”). Student entrepreneurs compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for the EO GSEA Finals. GSEA is an Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) program.

Vision

Empowering student entrepreneurs to become the world’s most influential change makers.

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 on their community.

Competition

The programme consists of a series of locally-hosted competitions for student entrepreneurs attending a recognized college, Fachhochschule or university. The competitions are held in a live setting, requiring qualified student entrepreneurs to make a formal presentation to a panel of judges. The panel is made up of leading entrepreneurs, business executives, college/university campus leaders, members of the media and past EO GSEA Finalists. The judges then ask questions and evaluate the student entrepreneurs and their businesses against the specific judging criteria, as well as provide constructive feedback. Winners are selected based on the students’ scores from the specific judging criteria.

A detailed schedule of Feb, 1st 2020 will be available before the event.

Swiss Competition Prizes

EO GSEA-CH participants compete for a prize package worth more than CHF 33,000: CHF 8,000 in cash, donated business services and memberships at premium entrepreneurial incubators and programs:

Global Competition Prizes

EO GSEA participants compete for a global prize package worth more than US$400,000: US$20,000 in cash, donated business services and a fully paid for trip to compete in the EO GSEA Finals. They will take place in April 2019 in Macao. 

Student participants also experience:

  • High-visibility networking with leading EO members
  • Receive exciting media opportunities
  • Gain access to a global peer group
  • Receive written feedback from the judges
  • Increase business awareness, brand identity and credibility
  • Build new high-level mentor relationships
  • Learning webinars featuring exclusive content and keynote speakers

 

                   Application deadline: TBD      Read more here: gsea.ch, gsea.org   

Sponsors

The Jury 2019

Andreas Brenner

Avrios
Andreas is the Founder and CEO of Avrios, Europe’s leading mobility management platform for companies. Andreas worked in several startups, such as Wuala and DeinDeal and later joined the family business where he operated a fleet of cars, vans and trucks. He quickly realized that the car industry had not digitized and could thus not offer a 21st century user experience. He partnered with two friends and went on a mission to make mobility work for business. Today, 2.5 years later, Avrios provides tailored transportation to tens of thousands of employees across Europe through one simple platform.

Jeremias Meier

Bexio
Jeremias Meier is CEO and co-founder of bexio. Bexio’s software makes it easy for small businesses to manage everything from invoicing to automated bank reconciliation and online bookkeeping. Already more than 10’000 customers trust the best software startup of the years 2016 and 2017. Jeremias started his first business, while studying at University of St.Gallen and sold the software development company in 2015 to PwC.

Georg Diener

Invisia
50 years old, happily married with Irma Diener, father of two sons 16y/19y Living in Hettlingen next to Winterthur, grown up in Greifensee and Seegräben Hobbys: BBQ, cooking, Wine, Grappa, Gin and Whisky. He is a serial Entrepreneur: 5 Years as self employed electrician during study. 16 Years as Netcloud AG - he built Switzerlands second largest IT Systemintegrator with Fokus on Cisco and NetApp http://www.netcloud.ch and 3 Years at Invisia AG - Energy management for ZEV, own-consumption und electro-mobility and Smart Home http://www.invisia.ch/ . Georg joined EO in 2010 and he's the actual president of the Zurich Chapter.

Beat Seeliger

Panter
Beat Seeliger has been at Panter Ltd. since 2005. As a co-owner he is responsible for strategic planning, business development, acquisition and realisation of projects. His duties also include community building, quality assurance and testing. He cofounded Colab Zurich, is responsible for the Tech Community at Impact Hub and teaches at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Manuel Fankhauser

Arven Partners
After having studied at University of Fribourg, University of Amsterdam / NKI and Whitehead / MIT, Manuel finished his PhD in bioengineering at EPFL in Lausanne in 2016 focusing on tumor immunology. His thesis work around the role of lymphatics in cancer immunotherapy was published in Science Translational Medicine in 2017. In parallel to pursuing his research career, Manuel became passionate about turning scientific findings into actionable products. He has thus been involved in multiple startups, co-founded and presided over Innovation Forum Lausanne, and spent 3 months in Boston as a Fellow at the innovation foundry of Flagship Pioneering. Manuel is co-founder and partner at Arven Partners and currently acts as an expert on the jury of the Swiss Economic Award, as an ambassador of the BaseLaunch accelerator, as scientific consultant at Cygnal Therapeutics and as CSO of Seerave Foundation.

Melanie Kovacs

Master21
Melanie is the founder and CEO of Master21. Master21’s purpose is to empower people to speak tech and shape the (digital) world. So far, 450+ people have attended their courses. Prior to Master2, Melanie worked at the digital agency Ginetta where she felt the need to better communicate with software developers and decided to learn to code. Melanie holds degrees in International Management and Requirements Engineering. In 2018, she made it onto the the Forbes 30 under 30 DACH list and won the Female Innovation Recognition Award. Besides Master21, she is on the board of the Impact Hub Zürich Association and WE SHAPE TECH

Dominique Reber

Hirzel, Neef, Schmid. Konsulenten
Dominique Reber is Senior Partner and Co-Owner of Hirzel.Neef.Schmid Konsulenten and a Board member of Creapole and Swiss Green Economy Symposium. Before that, he was a member of the Executive Board of economiesuisse, the umbrella association for Swiss business until 2012. He led political work relating to major infrastructure projects, energysupply and environmental issues. Before this, Dominique Reber worked in various positions in lobbying, corporate communications and journalism, with an emphasis on IT and communications technology. This included at Sunrise Communications AG, Swisscom AG and at eBay International. Dominique Reber has a Masters in History and romanistic literature and linguistics Studies from Basel University, as well as an Executive Masters in International and European Business Law from St. Gallen University.

Peter Meyer

Swiss Advance
Peter likes to tell that you should have a vision to have a full and successful life. His vision is to bring people closer to nature. He does this with his outdoor company Swiss Advance. If you bring people into nature, a sustainable production in Switzerland makes the most sense, so the usual way of "Made in China" was waived for what he was laughed at for a long time. For this company he has hired a managing director to develop further. He writes a novel about nature and at the same time he is co-founder of the company „Lucy Security“ and „Kaduu" when he is not on paragliding in the alps. He understands nothing about IT so he can light it up unexpectedly way. At the same time he likes to support people as a mentor. Dealing with his thoughts is more formative than you think. How less one judges, how freer, happier and greater the creativity. Man is a piece of nature and how higher the biodiversity is more stable.

The Organising Committee

The organizers are all successful businessmen who are willing to spend a considerable part of their free time on a good cause. All members are volunteers and want to help the youth, entrepreneurship and Switzerland. We love to give something back!

EO Switzerland – Zurich would like to thank the following organisers:

Palo Stacho

GSEA Chair, EO Switzerland – Zurich
Palo Stacho has been an EO member for 12 years. He is former President of EO Switzerland and entrepreneur. As a graduate computer scientist with a Federal Diploma and with a post-graduate degree in corporate governance from HSG, he established an IT company of national importance in the 1990s, which he sold in 2007. In 2010, he was already betting on digitisation. After two unsuccessful start-up attempts, he is now a successful co-founder of the internationally recognized cyber prevention provider LUCY Security. In addition, Palo Stacho works as a coach, speaker and change agent for digital transformation projects for SMEs and major clients in Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

Martin Künzi

COO, Enigma
Martin Künzi is COO and partner at Enigma. Enigma is a company that is made of strategists, designers, branding specialists, business model experts and service designers to help companies explore the undiscovered possibilities of the 21st century. With his experience as a former CMO and his MBA in Marketing, he has dedicated himself to his passion at Enigma — he develops strategies and state-of-the-art branding for clients in various industries locally and globally. He started the Bern office 3,5 years ago and grew the team to 15 people into a million CHF business.

Dominique Reber

Senior Partner, Hirzel.Neef,Schmid.Konsulenten
Dominique Reber is Senior Partner and Co-Owner of Hirzel.Neef.Schmid Konsulenten and a Board member of Creapole and Swiss Green Economy Symposium. Before that, he was a member of the Executive Board of economiesuisse, the umbrella association for Swiss business until 2012. He led political work relating to major infrastructure projects, energysupply and environmental issues. Before this, Dominique Reber worked in various positions in lobbying, corporate communications and journalism, with an emphasis on IT and communications technology. This included at Sunrise Communications AG, Swisscom AG and at eBay International. Dominique Reber has a Masters in History and romanistic literature and linguistics Studies from Basel University, as well as an Executive Masters in International and European Business Law from St. Gallen University.

Andreas Bangerter

Co-Founder, REACH
As a co-founder of REACH, Andreas had the vision to develop and implement branding and communication strategies for Swiss based internationally operating companies. Today, REACH is a branding and digital agency employing specialists in brand and project management, graphic design and coding. Before returning to Switzerland to found REACH, Andreas worked in marketing and sales for Tag Heuer and Omega (part of Swatch Group) where he was based in Australia and in the US. He holds an MBA with a major in Marketing from the University of St.Gallen.

Ralf Rosenow

Founder, OSICOS Ltd.
Ralf Rosenow is the founder and managing partner of OSICOS Ltd. OSICOS supports and advises numerous Swiss based start-up companies primarily in the life sciences industry as outsourced in-house counsel applying the OSICOS philosophy, inclusive of strategic advice and in financing aspects. After initial years of practice in renowned law firms in Zurich and London, he co-founded the Zurich based law firm Rosenow Grob Schilling in 2001, which in a merger in 2008 became Blum&Grob Attorneys at Law Ltd, where he headed the Life Sciences Working Group as a partner until June 2016 when he became Of Counsel upon starting OSICOS. In addition, Ralf has and still is invested in several start-ups mainly in the life science industry.

Jeremias Meier

CEO, bexio
Jeremias Meier is CEO and co-founder of bexio. Bexio’s software makes it easy for small businesses to manage everything from invoicing to automated bank reconciliation and online bookkeeping. Already more than 10’000 customers trust the best software startup of the years 2016 and 2017. Jeremias started his first business, while studying at University of St.Gallen and sold the software development company in 2015 to PwC.

Carlo Badini

Founder, Cleverclip
Right after high school Carlo founded his first startup Cleverclip. Cleverclip earned multiple awards as one of the biggest information design consultancies in Switzerland. Cleverclip currently employs 30 employees all over the globe and explains complex things for customers in Switzerland and Germany. Carlo is also on the board of directors of Daktiv a live communication agency in Berne. Since 2015 Carlo is enrolled as a full time student at the University of Berne. He was honored as the European Champion of the GSEA Awards 2016.

Christian Müller

Founder, Strenia Consulting
After an initial stint as a marine biologist, Christian has spent the past 16 years of his working life in the IT software and professional services space, over 10 of which as an entrepreneur. After exiting Assentis Technologies AG in 2013, a Swiss-based FinTech that provides leading Customer Communication Management (CCM) solutions, Christian founded Strenia Consulting GmbH, which specialises in helping organisations predominantly in the financial services industry to realise their strategies for providing digital services to their end-customers. In the past couple of years Christian's focus has continuously shifted to investing in and actively supporting mostly tech-based, impact orientated businesses. In addition, he is an active board member of the Mercator Foundation in Switzerland.

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