By Nina Mulamba
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global influential community of entrepreneurs is calling for applications from daring student entrepreneurs in Nairobi to participate in a global competition that will shape the future of private enterprise.
The competition fully sponsored by EO, which has over 11,000 members across more than 50 countries, is open to entrepreneurs who believe their companies can help change the world.
The rock stars stand a chance to win great prizes, grants, mentorship as well as connection to networks that will help them grow their ideas into world-class businesses.
The competition is searching for the top undergraduate student entrepreneurs from Kenya to participate in the 2016 global program initiative to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in May 2016.
This prestigious program provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to showcase their business, while connecting with likeminded peers and networking with CEOs of the world’s fastest growing businesses.
Speaking to TechMoran, Jamie Pujara co-founder and CEO of BuyRentKenya.com who has also been appointed as the GSEA local chairperson and in charge of the competition locally believes the initiative will be a turning point for potential entrepreneurs.
“As a young entrepreneur I’m thrilled to be leading the GSEA program in Nairobi on behalf of The Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) and encourage as many students as possible to apply.”
Successful student entrepreneurs from Kenya will travel to Bangkok, in all expenses paid trip to compete against other innovative students from around the world to become the global winner of the GSEA Global competition and a chance to win USD 20,000!
The competition’s application deadline is 15th January 2016 and the Kenya competition will be held on 29th February 2016 in Nairobi. The best student entrepreneur from Kenya will head to the Global Finals set to be held in May 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Students are encouraged to participate in order to build their mentor networks as well as learn from their peers and industry leaders. They’ll also stand chances to win prizes, including cash and personalized business services.
“The GSEA provides a fantastic opportunity for young student entrepreneurs to propel their businesses forward, to challenge them to reach new heights,” Jamie told TechMoran. “It gives them a platform where they can connect with some of the brightest business minds not only in Kenya but globally.”
For one to enter the competition, he or she must be an undergraduate student at a recognized university or college in the 2016 academic year. The student should be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of their company, and principally responsible for its operation.
The startup or company should be generating revenue and should have been operational for the past six consecutive months with a revenue criteria of USD$500 or USD$1000 investment or backing.
PastEO GSEA Global Champion or top five finalists for the 2015 EO GSEA Global Finals are not eligible to apply. Applications are now open at www.gsea.org.