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.
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 on their community.
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.
For a detailed schedule of Friday Jan, 11th 2019 go to the programme section.
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
Detailed Programme for Friday January 11th 2019
09:30 – 13:00 Semi-Finals (not open to the public)
14:00 – 18:00 Public Final
13:30 Doors Open
13:30 Finalist Nomination
13:45 – 14:00 Judges & Finalists Briefing
14:00 – 14:15 Official Opening, Welcome and Introduction
14:15 – 14:45 Candidate 1
14:45 – 15:15 Candidate 2
15:15 – 15:45 Candidate 3
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:30 Candidate 4
16:30 – 17:00 Candidate 5
17:00 – 17:30 Winner Evaluation, Sponsors Update and Mini-Keynote
17:30 – 18:00 Ranking Announcement and Ceremony
18:05 Dinner, Music and Networking
Schedule per Candidate
2 Minutes Preparation and Handouts
12 Minutes Pitch
10 Minutes Q & A
4 Minutes Evaluation
Total: 28 Minutes
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: