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2017 GSEA Global Finals Recap

The 2017 GSEA Global Finals had the largest diversity of countries, with 55 students competing from 55 different countries! Not only was this event one of great cultural diversity, but the group of Global Finalists also had the highest percentage of female student entrepreneurs that this program has ever seen – 35% of the group were women.

This year, Julián Ríos Cantú of Higia Technologies was named the “Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.” Julian, a student from Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico, spoke of his entrepreneurial journey that started after watching his mother battle two instances of breast cancer. Julian’s company, Higia Technologies is a Mexican biosensor company dedicated to boosting women’s quality of life through professional self-exploratory methods that increase early detection of breast cancer.

The competition also recognized second- and third-place finishers, Sadira Yeong Min Ji of Malaysia, who founded Readpublic, a centralized platform in which book prices are curated from different online book stores and an e-commerce marketplace is provided for readers to buy and sell their used books, and Muhammad Asad Raza of Pakistan, who founded Neurostic, a biomedical enterprise dealing with a variety of medical equipment from Decision Support Systems to prosthesis. An award to recognize companies with notably innovative ideas was given to Matthew Rooda of the United States for his company Swinetech, and an award for a business model with high social impact went to Hasan Zasar Elcik of Turkey for his company Otsimo. The “Lessons from the Edge” award for participants who persevered and overcame challenging obstacles went to Gabriel Antonio Maya from Colombia, founder of Zue Beauty.

Save the Date! 14-17 April 2018 – Toronto, Canada

The 2017-18 GSEA competition season starts 1 July 2017. To find a local competition in your area, be sure to check out our map.



*** GSEA reserves the right to refuse competition entry to a student, if the student does not meet the GSEA qualifications for competition, if the student violated a GSEA policy at a past event, or if the student has been dishonest with GSEA program staff or member leaders about any element of their business, event availability or other details that would negatively impact the event. Any decisions on removing a competitor will be made by the GSEA Subcommittee Chair, in consultation with the GSEA Staff Director and member leaders from the region. ***