Compete for the Global Student Entrepreneur Award

October 25 is the deadline to apply to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier global competition for student entrepreneurs who actively run a business.

EO is composed of over 12,000 of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs, and is a private peer-to-peer group transforming the lives of those who transform the world.

EO GSEA nominees compete in qualifying competitions for the chance to advance to the Global Finals. With more than 1,700 competitors from more than 30 countries, EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources, and grow their businesses.

Winner of the regional competition will receive $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to GSEA Nationals in Dallas, Texas in February of 2018.  The 2014 National Champion was Syracuse University graduate Daniel Goldberg.  The 2017 WNY regional winner was Syracuse University student AJ Damiano, founder of Power-Spike, who went on to compete at the Nationals this past spring in Kansas City.  The 2017  Global Finals were held in Frankfurt, Germany this past April.  The location of the 2018 Global Finals has not yet been announced.


  • Currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree (full or part-time)
  • Must be business owner, founder or controlling shareholder and principally responsible for its operation
  • Structured ‘for-profit’ or social enterprise
  • Generated $500 USD or received $1,000 USD in investments
  • Operating for at least the past six consecutive months

Apply on line by October 25 to and be sure to select USA-Western NY. 

The WNY regional competition will be held November 8, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Buffalo, New York.  Finalist selection will be based on: completeness of the application; the student’s ability to overcome obstacles; clarity of the mission and vision; leadership; and innovation.

For more information, contact David Robinson at 716.276.8707 or

Photo caption:  Power-Spike founder AJ Damiano was last year’s WNY champion and advanced to the 2017 Kansas City finals.