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Puerto Rican Student Named Champion at 2018 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Agriculture and healthcare innovations lead this year’s competition.

Alexandria, Virginia, USA (18 April 2018) – Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business owners has declared Axel Antonio Garcia Burgos from Puerto Rico as the champion of the 2018 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). GSEA is EO’s premier awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college or university. This year’s finals took place in Toronto, Canada and brought together 54 students from across the world.

Axel founded PRation LLC as a way to create commercial products in the field of astronautics. The company’s first product, Hydropearl, will be used to reduce water consumption on irrigation systems and provide a fertilizing solution to grow food for home applications and industrial farming.

Speaking enthusiastically after the win, Axel said, “I feel very excited and honored to be recognized for my passion and my vision on how I want to impact the world. My plan is to use the lessons learned and connections I made to scale my business. I hope that Hydropearl will expand across all markets where water consumption on irrigation systems are critical due to high losses or lack of water.”

In addition to access to networking and mentorship, Axel received a cash prize of US$25,000 plus donated business products and services. The runner up innovations had a similar healthcare theme inspired by very personal experiences. The first runner up from this year’s competition is Andre Bertram from Canada, the founder of HelpWear, and the second runner up was Max Mohammadi from Sweden, founder of Heartstrings.

Sharing his experience judging the competition this year, Brian Brault, EO Global Chairmansaid, “One of the best aspects of the EO GSEA competition is the realization it brings to student entrepreneurs that no matter where you are in the world, being an entrepreneur has many similarities. We have seen thousands of students participate in local and national qualifiers on the road to this final competition. The sense of purpose from these students has been impressive and I applaud our global competitors and our winners. Having heard their stories, to say I’m humbled would be an understatement.”

Last year’s winner of the EO GSEA competition and judge for this year, Julian Rios Cantu, CEO Higia Technologies said, “The participants this year were all very fascinating people with inspiring businesses and personal stories. I’m very happy to be a part of something like this that brings entrepreneurs together at such a high level and I look forward to watching these finalists continue to grow their businesses.”

Honoring some of the other inspiring student entrepreneurs:

  • Innovation Award went to Fernely Lebron from Dominican Republic for Wara, an autonomous amphibious vehicle that allows people with physical disabilities to drive on land, sand and sea.
  • Social Impact Award was received by Berat Kjamili from Turkey for his QZenobia refugee big data analytics startup.
  • Sergey Vykhodtsev Lessons from the Edge Award honoree was Palesa Motaung from South Africa for Desert Green a rural agricultural accelerator which creates new and grows small scale farmers in rural Africa for food production.

This year saw a total of 1500 student entrepreneurs participate in local, national and regional level competitions worldwide. Student entrepreneurs first competed against peers locally and 54 finalists each representing their home countries made it to the semi-final round of the competition. The finals this year was supported by Microsoft, Canada. Participants in the EO GSEA competition are college or university students and entrepreneurs that are primarily responsible for a business that has been operational for at least six consecutive months. View our entire list of global finalists here and for information on EO GSEA please visit: http://gsea.org/

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for University students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,700 of the prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 55 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA is generously supported by Thomas Franchise Solutions.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+influential business owners with 173 chapters in 54 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.


Priscilla D’ Souza
Director of Public Relations and Social Media
Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Email: PDsouza@eonetwork.org

Student from Mexico Wins EO’s Top Global Student Entrepreneur Award

Innovative breast cancer detection device beats more than 50 competitors in the leading competition for student entrepreneurs

Frankfurt, Germany (May 2, 2017)—Last weekend the international Entrepreneurs‘ Organization (EO) named Julián Ríos Cantú of Higia Technologies “Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year 2017.” The eighteen-year-old student from Monterrey Institute of Technology prevailed in the global finals against more than 50 competitors from over 50 countries. Since 2006, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization has presented its Global Student Entrepreneur Awards to honor exceptional performances by student entrepreneurs facing the challenge of combining studying and active entrepreneurship. Julián Ríos Cantú received prize money in the amount of US$20,000 as well as additional endowments from the EO network.

After Julian’s mother‘s two painful battles with breast cancer, he resolved to save women’s lives through early breast cancer detection. 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. Its flagship product, EVA, is the first intelligent bra that uses touch, texture, color and pressure to non-invasively assess breast health.

“Again, we have seen some amazing competitors in this year’s Global Finals,” said 2017-2018 EO Global Chairman Brian Brault. “Julián Ríos Cantú‘s project impressed judges with his passion and drive to bring his vision of using technology to improve the detection of this potentially deadly disease to life. EO’s aim is to support student entrepreneurs on their path forward. With mentorship as well as the sharing of knowledge and experiences, we help students bring their businesses to success and grow as entrepreneurs.”

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.

The awards were bestowed during EO’s Global Leadership Conference, one of the greatest entrepreneurial congresses of the year. Over 1,400 entrepreneurs from the international Entrepreneurs’ Organization gathered in Frankfurt to learn from each other and build their leadership skills. In addition to interesting workshops and speeches, the GSEA finals and the Keynote address by the founder and former CEO of the Priceline group, Jeffrey Hoffman, were highlights of the conference. Hoffman spoke on the topic “How entrepreneurs can save the world.”

The final round of the 2017 GSEA competition was live streamed on Facebook. To play back the broadcast and view the pitches of all five finalists, visit fb.me/EO.GSEA.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 163 chapters in 52 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.


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