Utah Regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards


The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the world's premiere award for students who run companies and study at the same time.

About GSEA

Students compete against their peers in a local GSEA Finals competition in the hopes of winning and going on to compete first nationally and then globally. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.

EO uses GSEA as a vessel to give student entrepreneurs the opportunity to accelerate their success, challenge the status quo, connect to an instrumental peer group and make the greatest impact possible in their community.

Why Enter?

Local Competition Prizes

  • $10,000 Cash Prize
  • EO Accelerator spot (must qualifygross yearly revenues $250,000 to $1 million) for 1st place
  • A Mentor from the EO Utah Chapter for 1 year for 1st place
  • 1 Year of free HR and Payroll services provided by AmpianHR
  • Paid Travel for National finals for 1st place
  • Paid Travel for Global finals (for Nationals winner)
  • $1500 in printed display products from Strike Visuals
  • Countless opportunities to meet mentors and get connected with entrepreneurs from around the country

Global Competition Prizes

  • $25,000 cash and total value of $50,000 
  • 2nd Place $10,000 cash 
  • 3rd Place $5,000
  • Details about the Global Awards prizes are available on the official GSEA website.
  • Countless opportunities to meet mentors and get connected with entrepreneurs from around the globe

Three of the past Global winners have been from Utah:

  • Chelsea Sloan founder of Uptown Cheapskate
  • Spencer Quinn founder of Fiber Fix
  • Garrett Gee founder of Scan.me

You could be next!

Other Benefits

  • 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.
  • Did we mention PRIZES? The Global Finals competition awards a total of US$50,000, plus donated business products and services, including Web services, printing, PR, consulting and more!

Who is Eligible?

  1. You must be enrolled for the current academic year in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate* student at the time of application. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is acceptable.
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your company and principally responsible for its operation. Each company can be represented by only one owner/co-founder.
  3. Your business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application.
  4. Your business must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application.
  5. You should not have been one of the top six finalists from any previous year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition.
  6. The age cap for participation is 30 years of age.

*Graduate students are eligible to apply only if they have continually enrolled in a university following their undergraduate degree and not left school to work on their business or to seek other employment. Exceptions can be made for students who have taken up to one academic year off before beginning their postgraduate education.

When is the Utah Regional Competition?

The Utah Regional Competition is scheduled for October 27, 2021. Applications for the Utah Regional Competition will be due October 10th

Where is the Utah Regional Competition being held?

Kiln, 2701 N Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT


Apply for the Utah Regional GSEA Competition

About Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 167 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.