By Tim Ryan

The season of opportunity is upon us, and we’re thrilled to announce the upcoming Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) local pitch competition! Set to inspire and be bigger than ever, it’s happening on January 13, 2024, at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach.

This is a platform for recognition, growth, and global ambition. The stakes are high, the dreams even higher. Last year, six incredible student entrepreneurs showcased their businesses, vying for a pool of $18k in cash, remarkable prizes, and impactful sponsorships. The buzz, the creativity, and the vision on display were nothing short of electric.

This time, they’re upping the game! They’re on the hunt for up to eight college students with active businesses – those spirited ventures that have been running for at least six months and have achieved a commendable milestone of generating at least $500. It’s not just about the numbers; it’s about the journey, the innovation, and the story behind each business.

And here’s the most exhilarating part: every entrant will gain invaluable insights and mentorship from the distinguished members of the SE Virginia Entrepreneurs Organization. Imagine fine-tuning your pitch under the guidance of the region’s leading entrepreneurs. It’s not just about winning the competition; it’s about winning invaluable lessons and forming lasting connections.

Their vision is crystal clear – they aim to see one of Virginia’s students shine and soar all the way to the GSEA Global finals overseas in April 2024. Just think about it: local roots and global recognition.

But that’s not all! The local event isn’t just for the competitors. They’re opening the doors to everyone – friends, families, and especially high school students who have the ember of entrepreneurship burning within. This is a golden chance to witness innovation in action, to get inspired, and maybe, just maybe, to kickstart your entrepreneurial journey.

To the budding student entrepreneurs: This is your moment. The stage is yours. The world could be next. Dive into this extraordinary opportunity, learn more, and get your application rolling at Let’s make 2024 legendary!