Six finalists, two awards

Beyond recognition, honors and awarness boosts, all finalists will have access to the UStart Alumni’s networking opportunities. All finalists will be among a national organisation of change-makers and future leaders that have demonstrated drive, passion, and dedication to achieving outstanding positive impact on the society and remarkably growth feat by any measure.

Do you want to know if you have what it takes to qualify for one or two of these awards? There’s only one way to find out.

The Student Startup of the Year

The Student Start-up of the Year will be awarded with a prize package of 6.000,00€ in cash and in business products and services, including web services, consulting, press coverage and more.

The Student Entrepreneur of the Year

The SEY Award includes a press coverage, a 1-year membership in a prestigious Business Club and a special gift which will be revealed during the awards ceremony.


Eligibility Criteria

  1. You must be enrolled for the current academic year in a
    university/college as an undergraduate or graduate student at the time of
    application. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your
    startup and principally responsible for its operation. Each startup can be
    represented by only one owner/co-founder.

  3. Your startup must have been in operation for at least 6 consecutive
    months prior to the application.
  4. Your business must have generated at least €500 or received €1000 in
    investment at the time of application.
  5. You should not have been one of the top six finalists from any previous
    year’s SESSY Competition.
  6. The age cap for participation is 30 years of age.

A 3-step selection process

If your growing startup, company or non-profit organization has a positive impact or if, as a student entrepreneur you have achieved great things, get a national recognition of your hard-earned triumphs by participating in the SESSY awards, the hallmark of student entrepreneurial success.

Apply and celebrate your achievements.

Submit your application by March 4, 2018.


The pre-selection

Based on your application form, a jury of experts will be selecting the most promising student startups and student entrepreneurs based on various criteria.

The Student Startup of the Year’s semi-finalists
The originality, innovation and thoughtfulness of your startup (company or non-profit organization). The differentiation from the existing competition. The identification and addressing of major relevant risks, and inclusion of contingency plans.

The Student Entrepreneur of the Year’s semi-finalists
Beyond the success of your startup(s), we will consider the most inspiring stories. What are the biggest obstacles you have overcome as an entrepreneur. What is the vision of your startup. Which core values describe you best as an entrepreneur.

Thereafter, the 6 semi-finalists startups and the 6 semi-finalists student entrepreneurs will be selected for the finals.

The selection

For the last selection, the 12 semi-finalists will be invited for an interview in front of a panel composed of serial entrepreneurs and investors. These experts will elect the 3 SSY finalists and the 3 SEY finalists of the SESSY 2017. The selection will be based on these different criteria:

The Student Startup of the Year’s finalists
The target market, customer identification and segmentation. The business model and revenue streams. The marketing strategy and sales strategy, with a plan to scale. The product development and traction-to-date. The future measurable, achievable milestones. And the expertise of founding team and commitment, and motivation of founding team.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year’s finalists
The pre-selected student entrepreneurs will be invited for a one-to-one interview during which several questions will be asked concerning their entrepreneurial journey and motivations that drives them. They will have to stand out from the crowd.

The finalists will be officially annonced on social media by March 18.

One week before the awards ceremony, the finalists will have the opportunity to be coached and mentored by Startup Factory.

Startup Factory is a start-up platform based at the heart of Europe in Brussels. They create start-ups with top entrepreneurs that they recruit and coach.
With a strong network of companies, they are early stage focused in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems from the ground up rising technology.
They provide efficient access to smart capital, thanks to their network composed of talented entrepreneurs.

Last but not least

Thanks to our partnership with Startup Factory, our finalists will benefit from a mentoring with a serial entrepreneur.

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