Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Announce 2015 Finalists in Contest for $20,000

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Announce 2015 Finalists in Contest for $20,000

Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Peter Thomas, Founding EO Member & Influential Entrepreneur

ALEXANDRIA, VA–(Marketwired – Mar 30, 2015) – The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards(GSEA), the premier competition for high school, undergraduate and graduate students running a business while still in school, today announced its list of the top student entrepreneurs in the world. These “student startup CEOs” from 38 countries will compete at the 2015 GSEA Global Finals, produced by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and held at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C. from April 15-17, 2015.

Besting more than 1500 competitors, the 41 finalists each run businesses across a wide range of industries including technology, consumer products, fashion, engineering, health, finance and many more. The 2015 GSEA winner will receive $20,000 in cash for their startup, and gain access to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s global network of 10,000 business owners worldwide.

The GSEA is more than just a competition; it focuses on mentorship, support and encouragement for these student business owners. GSEA helps students grow their businesses and succeed in their countries, as well as learn from experienced entrepreneurs.

The following grid outlines the finalists to date; more students and countries will be added at a later date.

Country Student Company University
Argentina Ionir Sonis ReservaTurno Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires
Australia Nkosana Mafico Peep Digital University of Queensland
Bhutan Dorji Tshering Dorji Tshering General Shop Gaeddu College of Business Studies
Canada Derek Rucki Tlink Mount Royal University
Canada Alex MacLean East Coast Lifestyle Acadia University
China Lisa Xiang Yang Koi King Chengdu University of Technology
Colombia Esteban López Llano Erco Energia EAFIT University
Costa Rica Alejandro Martin Techmo S.A, Didit S.A. University of Costa Rica
Dominican Republic Battesimo Palamara BP Diesel UNIBE University School of Business Administration
El Salvador Rodrigo Javier Galdámez Gómez English 4 Call Centers Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador
Guatemala Javier Rivera Urrela iFix Colegio Metropolitano de Guatemala
India Kishore Natarajan HyperVerge IIT Madras
India Gopal Krishna Global 3D Labs Manipal University
Indonesia Hardian Gilang Anajidan Helmet Tazkia University
Japan Kazuki Obata Nagomi Co.,Limited. Wakayama university
Kazakhstan Sanzhar Myrzagalym LLP Crumber Kazakh-British Technical University
Kenya Wangechi Mwangi Valuraha Group Strathmore University
Korea Kim Ju Yoon Dot University of Washington
Malaysia Eileen Phoan Left & Right Swinburne University of Technology
Mexico Alejandro Moreno Tutor on line Universidad de Costa Rica
Mexico Sebastian García-López Nomad Universidad Iberoamericana
Mexico Scott Munguia BioFase
Nepal Ritesh Marwadi We Fear Silence PVT. LTD. Manipal University
Netherlands Steinar Henskes Bird Control Group Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Nicaragua Jorge Alberto Bonilla Ecological Development Bambuksa University Nicaragua
Nigeria Prince Joshua Oyeniyi Amborian Media Global Enterprises University of Lagos
Philippines Leo Lofranco Muber Ateneo de Manila University
Puerto Rico Maricarmen Vargas Electronic Sports Puerto Rico, Inc. University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón
Russia Ruslan Callback Hunter Kemerovsky State University
Singapore Kevin Ng Hyron Infotech Singapore Management University
Slovakia Pavol Kaleja Dynamica Graphics Technical University of Kosice
Sri Lanka Mohamad Fawaz Global Tutor Middlesex University
Sweden Alexander Brannkarr Indivator Stockholm School of Economics
Taiwan Andy Tseng WeCare National Taiwan University
Turkey Özgen Toru Mobil Oto Servis Yıldız Technical University
UK Chris Moss Nottingham Trent University Simian Publishing
USA Khalid Al-Dhubaib Triple Analytics Case Western Reserve University
USA Kaeya Majmundar BZ Box Emory University
USA Daniel Goldberg Diamond MMA Syracuse University
USA Austin White-Pentony Tech Bank, LLC U of M – Twin Cities (Carlson)
Zimbabwe Samuelle Dimairho Aura Group Oxford Brookes University

The GSEA also introduced a roster of influential judges, selected for their expertise and dedication to the cause of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. During the Global Finals, students will present their businesses to more than 70 judges including journalists, EO members from across the globe, and local DC business owners. Peter Thomas, a founding EO member will also be attending Global Finals. Thomas was one of the founders of Century 21 Real Estate Canada and Sterling Centrecorp Inc. Currently, Peter Thomas is the founder and Chairman of Thomas Pride International.

“Since its humble beginnings in 1998, GSEA has grown from a handful of participating countries to 38 this year, and we expect to see even more next year,” said Annush Ramasamy, GSEA chairman. “Even more impressive is the quality of these student entrepreneurs — not only are they gifted businesspeople, but they are truly dedicated to enhancing their communities around the world.”

For more information on the GSEA, its students, and judges, or to attend the Global Finals, please visit

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, theGlobal Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,700 of the prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 32 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to GSEA. Then join the conversation on Facebook and follow GSEA on Twitter at@EO_GSEA.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 10,000 influential business owners with 142 chapters in 46 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond. For more information, visit

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