About GSEA

What is GSEA?


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. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.


EO GSEA supports student entrepreneurs who require much-needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.

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 in their community.


Undergraduate and graduate* college/university students who own and operate a business for at least six months are eligible to compete.


Qualifying competitions are held in cities and countries worldwide, with the 2020 Global Finals competition being held in Cape Town, South Africa.


Qualifying competitions take place throughout the calendar year with the EO GSEA Global Finals held in April 2020.
*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 one academic year’s break before beginning their postgraduate education.

EO GSEA History

1998: The program originates at the John Cook School of Business (Saint Louis University), encompassing participants from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
2002: The competition’s name changes to “GSEA” to reflect its new global scope.
2006: Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) takes over the program to provide a
sustainable model, and continued growth and expansion.
2007: EO GSEA expands into Australia, Africa and Asia.
2008: Student nominations reach 1,000.
2009: EO GSEA expands into 12 new countries, for a total of 18.
2014: Local and national competitions grow to over fifty locations.
2016: Fifty student finalists from 50 different countries attend Global Finals in Bangkok, Thailand.
2019: EO GSEA expands into six new countries, for a total of 56.


Saint Louis University

Richard A Chaifetz School of Business (formerly John Cook School of Business)

Since 1998, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business (now the Richard A Chaifetz School of Business) at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding undergraduates who juggle a course load as a student and run their own businesses at the same time. Since its inception, the program has become one of the largest and fastest-growing global competitions in terms of the number of partnering schools and participating students. The program’s mission is to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners whose companies adhere to high ethical standards, are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. The Entrepreneurs’ Organizations’ (EO) leadership of the GSEA program began in 2006, and since then, student entrepreneurs have tapped into the collective knowledge and experience of EO members, gaining access to global networks and to a community that understands passion, struggle, drive and success.

For more information visit http://www.slu.edu/business.xml