Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is organized by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and is proudly running in its 22nd year globally. EO Gurgaon, in an endeavour to help dynamic young student entrepreneurs realise their entrepreneurial dreams, is organizing the regional round of GSEA for a second consecutive year.
Given the extraordinary times we currently live in, the global competition, which in previous years included travel and stay for the competitors at exciting international locations will be held online. But the silver lining is that this has made the entire process a lot more inclusive, engaging and exciting.
EO Gurgaon is gearing up for GSEA Regional semi-finals on 19 December 2020 and finals on 6 January 2021. The competition will see students pitching their businesses in various online formats, making it a unique and inclusive experience for everyone. Along the way, qualifying participants will also get the chance to participate in workshops and interact and learn from dedicated mentors on various aspects of their business and learn how to strengthen their pitch in accordance with international business standards.
This year EO Gurgaon has seen participation from student entrepreneurs across the country, including top tier colleges and universities like IIT Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, NIT, among others.
The contenders represent a spectrum of unique and inspiring start-ups in Agritech, Fintech and Edtech among others. With the businesses being operational, some have already received validation via an initial round of external seed funding.
While entrepreneurship has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, it is extremely heartening to see a surge in women-led entrepreneurial businesses this year, a trend that is sure to inspire more young women to become future leaders.
Participating entrepreneurs also vie for exciting cash prizes of approximately ₹30,00,000 for the winner and ₹7,50,000 and ₹3,50,000 for the first and second runners up respectively. Additionally, The Chairman’s Awards, of an additional ₹1,00,000each will be given for- Innovation, Social Impact (Global and Community), People’s Choice, Lessons from the edge and Pivot.
About Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Gurgaon
Founded in the early 1980s under Verne Harnish and 22 other members of his Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs – The EO has a rich history of helping and supporting young entrepreneurs become experts in their chosen field and scale their businesses to the pinnacles of success.
With operations in over 61 countries and over 14,000 members, this global platform established its Gurgaon chapter in 2016 and has since become 79 members strong.
These young members are flourishing entrepreneurs who come from various walks of life, but together support each other in improving the community they live in while building the foundation for a greater future.
The enigmatic members of EO Gurgaon excel in various fields of businesses; from Hospitality to Biotechnology and from Architecture to Finance. With average company turnover of ₹ 150 crores, the members collectively employ approximately 85,000 people and as an association, are a significant force in the National Capital Region.
Now with the fervour of motivating student entrepreneurs to become the spearheading business leaders of our community, the EO Gurgaon has launched the GSEA for the second consecutive year. Hoping to surpass the resounding success of last year wherein the selected finalists – Aloe E-Cell and I-Stem received the much needed pivot they were seeking; EO Gurgaon plans to leave no stone unturned in providing the perfect platform for deserving young student entrepreneurs.
EO Gurgaon and the GSEA aren’t just a rewarding platform, but aim to be the foundation stones in the history of your company’s success story. Dreams have no limitations, and neither should your tenacity to achieve themKnow More!