TOKYO–Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Japan branch is now seeking students to participate in The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Japan, the winners of which will move on to an international entrepreneurial awards called GSEA to be held in Macau in April 2019.
Details about GSEA
Established in the United States in 1987, the EO is a global network of young entrepreneurs who run businesses with annual sales exceeding $1 million. It currently has a membership of more than 12,000, with 167 chapters in 52 countries.
In Japan, Yoshito Hori, the president of GLOBIS School of Management and Globis Capital Partners, became the founder and established the first branch in Asia in October 1995. Currently, EO JAPAN has grown to become an organization of more than 400 members, divided into six chapters in Tokyo, Osaka etc.
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) was established in 1998 at the University of St. Louis as a competition for students who are enrolled in university or graduate school. Currently EO oversees its operations.
EO JAPAN, which has been participating in the World Congress since 2014, actively encourages members to participate in the tournament, considering the management of GSEA as a channel for social contribution and fostering the education of its members. Participants regard GSEA as a valuable competition as it provides an opportunity to meet student entrepreneurs both in Japan and overseas.
After the qualifying round in Tokyo and Osaka, one winner will be selected at the Japan convention to represent the nation at the international event in Macau in April 2019, where 50 or more student entrepreneurs will gather.
Discovering global talent
At the World Congress held in Toronto, Canada, in 2018, GSEA’s qualifying and final selections were held at the Leaders Conference (GLC), where 1,500 student entrepreneurs and EO leaders gathered from 55 countries. Focusing solely on student entrepreneurs, GSEA is a unique competition that attracts global attention.
Past GSEA winners
●2017 Julian Rios Cantu (Mexico)
Award-winning theme: Development of IoT bra for early breast-detection of breast cancer
●2018 Axel Garcia Burgos (Puerto Rico)
Award winning-theme: Plant development program in anhydrous environment
GSEA Japan Competition ・ Outline of desired participants
■ Eligibility: Candidates must satisfy the following requirements:
・ Be a student under 35 who is enrolled in a university or graduate school approved by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
・ The entrepreneur has at least six months of experience at running a profit-driven business
・ Possess a revenue certificate of $1,000 or more in sales and $500 or more for investment or support of the project
・ Student her/himself must be the founder, representative and controlling shareholder
・ Must be able to attend preliminary rounds to be held in Tokyo /Osaka in fall 2018; and in the event of winning (Tokyo), participation in the world convention to be held in Macau in April 2019
■ Participation benefits: In addition to follow-up preparations for EO members (entrepreneurs) to participate in the tournament, feedback on the examination, organizers will be responsible for transportation expenses and accommodation expenses for participating in the event, plus flight and accommodation expenses for those who participate in the world convention
■ Prizes (World Tournament): 1st place = $25,000; 2nd place = $10,000; 3rd place = $5,000
■ Application method: Please apply via the form on this site: http://eo-gsea.strikingly.com/
■ Application deadline: Sept. 17, 2018
2018-2019 GSEA schedule
Kick-off for Kanto/Kansai areas: October 2018
Kanto region qualification in Tokyo: Nov. 8
Kansai area qualification in Osaka: Nov. 11
Japan Competition Final: Dec. 13
World Congress Preliminary/Finals in Macau: April 10-12, 2019
Please use following form on the GSEA official website:
Inquiries concerning this release
General EO Tokyo
Officer: Miyuki Hatano