Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Atlantic Competition
November 6, 2018

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Atlantic Competition

November 6, 2018

About GSEA

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) program is designed for undergraduate students who own and operate businesses.

Young entrepreneurs can learn to promote their business and its value proposition by competing with other business owners. Participation in local, regional, and online competitions will result in worldwide media coverage for entrepreneurs and their businesses. Students can also meet and benefit from the experience of fellow entrepreneurs, the VIP judging panel, and industry representatives from the Entrepreneurs' Organization.

Local finalists will compete against the Atlantic’s best for their chance to attend the National GSEA Competition in Montreal. The local winner will move on to compete against the world's best student entrepreneurs at the Global Finals for their chance at the prize of $40,000 worth of cash and prizes. Additional global prizes also include services donated by EO members, such as web design, printing, public relations, and consulting.

Expression of Interest

RSVP as an observer

GSEA Global Winner 2017
GSEA 2017

GSEA Atlantic 2016 Champion - Peter Thiesen

About EO

The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) was founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs. With over 10,000 members in 144 chapters in 48 countries throughout the world, we enable business owners to learn from each other to experience greater business success while forming strong professional and personal relationships.

We provide events, leadership development, a forum for online discussion, and educational opportunities with the goal of teaching, inspiring, and transforming entrepreneurs into active members of a global business community.

Stay in the loop with EO Atlantic by following us on Twitter at @EOAtlantic, and liking us on Facebook.

Getting Started

Deadline for entry is October 18, 2018.

Teachers can nominate students for the GSEA program, or students can self-nominate if they meet the competition criteria. Review the entry requirements below and fill out the online nomination form. Once we have received the nomination, the student entrepreneur is considered fully nominated, and we will contact the student to review their application.

Entry Requirements

  • The student must be an undergraduate student at a recognized University or College for the current academic year and enrolled in school at the time of application.
  • The student must be the owner, founder, or controlling shareholder of their company and principally responsible for its operation.
  • The student’s company must have been in business for at least the last six consecutive months, and the business must be a for-profit business.
  • The student must not be a past GSEA winner or 2018 GSEA Global Finals finalist.


Over $40K in cash and prizes to be won including:

  • Flight, accommodations, and spending money for the Atlantic Champion to attend the National Competition in Victoria, BC
  • A one year Performance Excellence Course
  • A one year Sales Foundation Program
  • A website update valued at $5K
  • Accounting Services valued at $5K
  • Design Services
  • One year of free reception services
  • Mentorship from some of the top business leaders in Atlantic Canada
  • And much more!

Strategic Alliance Partners

Gold Partners

Over the Edge is an adventure experience company with a passion for positive impact. They believe in challenging non-profits, corporate, and individuals to step outside their comfort zones for the betterment of themselves and their communities. They specialize in hosting events that provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences to participants, while making a positive impact for local non-profits.

RFL Group's purpose is to add value to everything they touch. A disruptor at heart, RFL's companies often reinvent their industries and constantly challenge the status quo or latest process. Their newest company, VIDA Living, aims to revolutionize affordable housing, by providing unexpected amenities to their tenants as well as job opportunities, for tenants to help improve the VIDA community and start businesses. Already VIDA is known in Halifax for transforming 250 units in low income neighbourhoods into safe, community-oriented areas. Their other company, Connolly Owens, serves clients with front line employees by coaching staff to become passionate stakeholders and understand how their role can positively impact company goals, while fulfilling them and challenging them too. RFL is always after the win-win-win situations with companies that have a powerful raison-d'etre.


Silver Partners

GSEA Ambassador


Event Sponsors

Presenting Event Sponsors


Bronze Event Sponsors


Friends of GSEA

Legendary Hospitality


Cameron Corp


Mentorship from: Todd MacDonald of Energy Atlantica & Jason Buchanan of Premier Van Lines