GSEA is designed to recognise and award the world’s future innovators and disruptors for combining two difficult roles: owning and operating a business while attending college or university. This annual event is the premier global competition for students and sees future industry leaders and inventors present and compete for the grand prize and global title.
Winning second place and a US$10,000 cash prize is Kate Madden, Ireland, co- founder of FenuHealth. Taking home not only third place in the competition, but the People’s Choice Award and US$5,000 in prize money as well, is Omar Negron Ocasio, Puerto Rico, founder of Remora Inc.
A total of 50 ‘studentpreneurs’ each representing their home countries made it to the semi-final round of the competition this year. The finals, originally scheduled to take place in Cape Town, South Africa in April, took place virtually for the first time ever in GSEA’s history. The seven student entrepreneurs in the final round competed in front of a diverse panel of judges.
John Busby EO UK Chair, said, “I am delighted to see a British winner the first time we have run the competition in the UK. We are looking forward to prompting this competition more widely in 2021”. James Summers, EO Member & Chair for UK GSEA added: “I took on GSEA to put London on the map and you could say we achieved that. Harvinder was such an impressive and strong candidate when we met him in London in January the judges and I were confident he would do well; dare I say we thought he would win, and we did!”
GSEA also distributes Chairman’s awards recognising hard work and innovation among participants working to improve their local communities and provide for underserved communities. Shunsuke Tsuboi of Japan won the Innovation award for truly thinking outside the box. Ali Khursheed, Pakistan, was awarded for his perseverance and strength with the Lessons from the Edge award. For successfully manoeuvring his company through the COVID-19 crisis, Joseph Liu of China won the Pivot award. The Chairman’s award for Global Social Impact went to Wong Shy Kit and Diego Rivera Cabrera from Guatemala was awarded for Community Social Impact.
All GSEA finalists are college or university students. To be eligible to participate, they must either be the owner, founder, or primary shareholder of a business that is a minimum of six consecutive months operational. The 2020/2021 competition season for EO GSEA is now open. Apply now and to know more, visit: https://gsea.org. Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a high-quality support network of 14,000+ like- minded leaders across 61 countries. We help entrepreneurs achieve their full potential through the power of life-enhancing connections, shared experiences and collaborative learning.
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