African Student Entrepreneurs can now apply for the GSEA Competition

December 14, 2015
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The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) has announced it is accepting applications for the 2016 edition of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a for-profit business while attending college of university. EO through GSEA supports student entrepreneurs who require much needed mentorship, recognition and connections to take their businesses to the next level of success.



  • You must be an undergraduate (bachelors) student at a recognized university or college for the current academic year and enrolled in school at the time of application.
  • You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your company and principally responsible for its operation.
  • Your business must be structured 'for-profit' and have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application.
  • Your company must have been in business for at least the past six consecutive months.
  • You should not have been one of the top six finalists from any previous year's GSEA Global Finals Competition.


Prizes are generally a combination of cash and business services, and will vary by location.

  • Access to successful entrepreneurs. Feedback. Mentorship.
  • Refined elevator pitches. Going head to head with other business owners and answering tough questions about their business to our judges helps competitors improve their pitch skills and enhance their ability to communicate the value proposition of their business.
  • Expanded networks. Competitors will meet other student entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) members and our honored guests.
  • Media Exposure. Competitors will receive local and national media attention for themselves and their business.
  • The Global Finals competition awards US$20,000 in cash and a total value of over $40,000, which includes a travel/lodging expense paid trip to compete in GSEA Finals in Bangkok, Thailand.  Second place will receive US$10,000 and third place will receive US$5,000.

Competition Dates

Regional and local qualifying competitions in Africa will be held as follows:

Tanzania - January 2016
Application Deadline: January, 2016

Cape Town, South Africa - 26 February 2016
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016

Zimbabwe - 26 February 2016
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016

Kenya - 29 February 2016
Application Deadline: February 12, 2016

Lagos, Nigeria - 7-9 March 2016
Application Deadline: February 22, 2016

Zambia - 12 March 2016,
Application Deadline: February 28, 2016

Deadline for the application is January 15, 2015 with the Global Finals taking place in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2016.

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