Applications are now open for the 2021-22 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards NYC Regional Competition!

Determine your eligibility and fill out an application below.


A global competition for students with entrepreneurial minds, a growing business, and a desire to connect, the GSEA Awards offers chosen applicants exposure and networking opportunities with top entrepreneurs in their respective fields. Applications are now OPEN for the 2021-22 NYC Regional competition until November 5, 2021.


The 2021-22 NYC Regional GSEA Competition will be held Friday, December 3, 2021.

The 2021-22 GSEA U.S. Nationals Competition will be held in February 2022

2019 Winner

Tania Speaks

We are pleased to announce our 2019-20 Regional Winner Tania Speaks!

2019-20 New York Student Entrepreneur of the Year
Hofstra University

Learn More About Tania

2018 Winner

Daniela Blanco

Our 2018-19 Regional Winner, Daniela Blanco, captured the title at the 2018-19 GSEA Global Finals!

Learn more about Daniela’s journey to the 2019 Global Finals held in Macao, China April 10-11 at

100 Top Female Founders from Inc Magazine
Top Innovators Under 35 from Latin America by MIT Technology Review
Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy
2020 Winner of The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
2019 Global GSEA Student Entrepreneur of the Year
2019 U.S. National GSEA Student Entrepreneur of the Year
2018-19 New York Student Entrepreneur of the Year
New York University Tandon School of Engineering

Watch Daniela speak more about GSEA and Sunthetics at the EO International Entrepreneurial Summit in June 2019

Learn More About Daniela

2019 Global GSEA Finals

2019 Global GSEA Finals

2019 Global GSEA Finals

2019 Global GSEA Finals


Businesses must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in investments at the time of application
Applicants may not be one of the top seven finalists from any previous year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition
The age cap for participation is 30 years of age
Students must be enrolled for the current academic year in a university/college as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application*
Applicants must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of company and principally responsible for its operation; each company can be represented by only one owner/co-founder
Businesses must have been in operation for at least six consecutive months prior to the application
Part-time enrollment is acceptable; *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 12 months break before beginning their postgraduate education.