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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.
|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|
|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 www.gsea.org.
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 www.eonetwork.org.