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📷 The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program.

As part of the 2018-2019 U.S. National Event, state champions from over 30 U.S. universities will be pitching their businesses for $10,000 and a trip to Macau, China to compete in the Global Finals as our U.S. student representative. Press inquires can be directed to



6:00pm-8:00pm – EOCO GSEA Welcome Happy Hour (Only 10 Spots Left! EO Members, Students, and Invited Guests Only)

Green Russel Speak Easy, Larimer Square

Special Guest Speaker:

Ryan Harris of the Denver Broncos

📷DESCRIPTION: Come and join EO Colorado to welcome our national GSEA student competitors and their national EO Chapter member mentors. Event will feature very special craft cocktails, appetizers, and the inspiration and motivation of Super Bowl Champion Ryan Harris of the Denver Broncos. Come here Ryan’s message and get a picture with the big man and his even bigger ring! Sponsored by MSU Denver.

Use this link to register:


9:00am-12:00pm – EO Members’ Live Podcast Show (Open to the Public)

Comcast Community Theater, Tivoli Building, Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.

📷DESCRIPTION: Do you like interview trivia shows like NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me”? Then you’re going to love this entrepreneurship focused quiz show hosted by EO Colorado members Travis Luther (Queen Anne Pillow), Marc Gutman (WildStory), and Jessica Fiachovich (Transworld Business Advisors). There will be surprise special guests and many laughs. Audience members should be warned: you could end up in our live video cast Q & A!

Use this link to register:

2:00pm-3:45pm – Welcome Lunch Keynote Series (Open to Public)

St. Cajetan’s Church (next to King Center), Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.

EO is full of amazing talent, and we’re lucky to have some of the best EO member speakers attending this year’s GSEA Nationals to welcome our students and the country to Denver. Come and enjoy lunch, meet our students, and listening to the following keynote speakers:

Travis Luther📷: 2:00pm-2:15pm – Travis is the EO Chair for the National competition and a member of EO Colorado. An entrepreneur as well, Travis is the Founder of Queen Anne Pillow Company and Law Father Legal Media. Travis is a former Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at MSU Denver and currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence to the University of Colorado Denver. He is a frequent lecturer on the topics of College Entrepreneurship and Brand Storytelling.

Tyler Olsonđź“·: 2:15pm-2:30pm – Tyler is the founder of Modern Foundation, an analytics first marketing firm. He is also a former GSEA Champion, EO Accelerator, and current EO Minnesota Member. His personal story of student turned successful global entrepreneur is a testament to the power of GSEA and Entrepreneurs’ Organization(EO) in fostering successful student entrepreneurs.

Mike Maddockđź“·: 2:30pm-3:00pm – Mike is a serial entrepreneur who has launched more than six successful companies. He is a highly rated keynote speaker and has written three books about innovation, which have been rated No. 1 on Amazon. He is a Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek columnist, has chaired the Gathering of Titans Entrepreneurial Conclave at MIT and is the past Chapter chairman of both Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in Chicago.

Klyn Elsburyđź“·: 3:00-3:45pm – You may have seen Klyn speak at EO Alchemy in San Diego. Born with Cystic Fibrosis, Klyn Elsbury was initially told she would not live past the age of 14. At the age of 25, she was asked to make end-of-life arrangements because she was unlikely to make it to her next birthday. Six years later, Klyn is a bestselling author, renowned speaker, and Cystic Fibrosis advocate and survivor. Her story and daily work to thrive, rather than survive, has inspired thousands who have heard her speak.

Use this link to register:

3:45pm-6:00pm – Student Forum Session (SOLD OUT! Students Only)

St. Cajetan’s Church (next to King Center), Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.

đź“·DESCRIPTION: Led by EOCO member and national trainer Lee Prosenjak, students get to experience first had the rich connections created by the EO Forum experience. Though this event is closed to the public, we do need 3 EO Member forum facilitators. Please email for details or to volunteer.

6:30pm-9:00pm – Student’s Welcome Dinner (Students and EO Members Only)

Tivoli Brewery, Historic Tivoli Building, Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.

đź“·DESCRIPTION: Do you love craft beer and tacos? Did you know that the Tivoli Brewery is the oldest Colorado Brewery? Come and help us welcome all of our GSEA students and national EO members as we enjoy a buffet dinner, historic brewery tours, and live music from students of the University of Colorado College of Arts and Media.

Use this link to register:

FRIDAY, JAN. 11TH 2019

8:00am-12:00pm – GSEA Semi-Final Round (Open to the Public)

Comcast Community Theater, Tivoli Building, Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.


DESCRIPTION: Come and see the semi-final round, as we host over 30 GSEA state champions from all over the country. These students do not simply have business ideas, but have already launched their businesses and have some revenue or some investment. This is an amazing opportunity to see the real ideas these college entrepreneurs are already brining to life in the world!

Use this link if you’d like to attend the semi-final round competition:

12:00pm-1:30pm – Finalists’ Lunch (Open to the Public)

St. Cajetan’s Church (next to King Center), Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.

��DESCRIPTION: Come and enjoy lunch as we announce the winners of the semi-final round and the students who will be competing as US Nationals’ Finalists. Also, enjoy an amazing keynote from Deb Gabor. Deb is the founder of Sol Marketing and the author of Branding is Sex. She has led brand strategy engagements for organizations like Dell, Microsoft, NBC Universal, HomeAway, and dozens of early-stage tech and digital media titans.

Use this link to register:

2:30pm-5:00pm – GSEA Nationals’ Final Round (Open to the Public)

King Center Recital Hall, Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver.

đź“·DESCRIPTION: It’s down to the top five winners of the semi-final round. This is THE competition for $10,000 and a trip to Macau, China to represent the United States in the GSEA Global Finals!

Use this link to register:

6:30pm-9:30pm – GSEA Nationals’ Awards Dinner (Open to the Public)

Alamo Draft House, Downtown Denver.

đź“·DESCRIPTION: This is it, the big announcement and the BIG checks – The announcement of our 2018-2019 GSEA US National Champion!We will also enjoy a keynote by Ryan Avery, EO Colorado Accelerator Member and TV host of  as he discusses the collision between entrepreneurship and social good.Dinner and drinks provided.Use this link to register:

10:00pm – Midnight –  GSEA Nationals’ Wrap Party (Open to Students, EO Members, Sponsors and Guests)

Alamo Draft House, Downtown Denver.

đź“·DESCRIPTION: It’s finally over and now it’s time to blow off some steam! Stick around the Alamo Draft House and dance to the Denver Westword’s #1 Best Rated Cover Band, The Gin Doctors â€“ a 90’s Alt Rock and Pop Tribute Group featuring songs by Weezer, Pearl Jam, Ricky Martin and more! No ticket needed but space is limited!


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