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Six finalists, two awards

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

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 travel/lodging expense paid trip to compete in GSEA Finals in Toronto, Canada(14-17 April 2018). A prestigious international competition with 50 of the world’s best student entrepreneurs.


Eligibility Criteria


The SSY award criterias

The SEY award criterias

  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
    acceptable.
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your
    company and principally responsible for its operation. Each company can be
    represented by only one owner/co-founder.

  3. Your business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive
    months prior to the application.
  4. Your business must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in
    investments at the time of application.
  5. You should not have been one of the top six finalists from any previous
    year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition.
  6. The age cap for participation is 35 years of age.

  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
    acceptable.
  2. You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your
    company and principally responsible for its operation. Each company can be
    represented by only one owner/co-founder.

  3. Your business must have been in operation for at least six consecutive
    months prior to the application.
  4. Your business must have generated US $500 or received US $1000 in
    investments at the time of application.
  5. You should not have been one of the top six finalists from any previous
    year’s GSEA Global Finals Competition.
  6. The age cap for participation is 35 years of age.

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The process

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If your growing startup* has a positive impact or if, as a student entrepreneur, you have achieved great things, get national recognition of your hard-earned triumphs. Participating in the SESSY awards is the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

Do you want to know if you have what it takes to qualify for one or two of these most esteemed awards in the student community? There’s only one way to find out. Apply for this unrivaled honour today. It only takes a few minutes. Celebrate your achievements and nominate for the SESSY.
The application period will start on December 15 and end on February 1.
*growing startup, company or non-profit organization.


The pre-selection

Based on your application form, a pre-selection committee will be selecting the most promising startups based on different criterias. The originality, innovation and thoughtfulness Impact on big problem. The differentiation from the existing competition. The identification and addressing of major relevant risks, and inclusion of contingency plans. After which, 6 semifinalists startups and 6 semyfinalists student entrepreneurs will be selected for the finals.

The selection

For the last selection, the 12 semifinalists will be invited for an interview in front of a panel composed of serial entrepreneurs and investors. These experts will elect the 3 finalists for the SSY and the 3 finalists for the SSY of the second edition of the Student Entrepreneur and Student Startup of the Year 2017. The selection will be based on the different criterias. 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 (relationships with key market participants, sales, downloads, website traffic, etc.). The future measurable, achievable milestones. And the expertise of founding team and commitment and motivation of founding team.

The finalists wil be officially annonced on social media by February 10. These students will be interviewed on videos before the final ceremony for our pre-launch session through which, the most XXX startup will be rewarded by the Audience Award.




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Startup Factory offer a personal mentoring for the finalists

This mentoring is an unmissable opportinuty to

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 using technology.

They provide efficient access to smart capital, thanks to their network composed of talented entrepreneurs.