Last Friday (10th March) seven student entrepreneurs travelled from all corners of the country through stormy weather to compete at the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEAs).
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) GSEAs gave these up and coming entrepreneurs, who are also university students, the opportunity to win awesome prizes that will help their businesses excel, and receive feedback from some of New Zealand’s top business leaders, to ultimately take their businesses to the next level.
This year’s competition featured businesses across a range of industries, from technology and education to sports and hospitality. The ambitious entrants travelled from all over the country to the ASB Cube on Auckland’s Viaduct, despite severe weather lashing the country.
These seven finalists represented the new wave of business leaders and employers of tomorrow.
Richard Conway, Communications Chair on the EO New Zealand Board, is a firm believer that, “with the right mentorship, recognition, and connections these bright businesspeople will continue to develop businesses that are bigger and better than we can imagine. They will be the ones to change business as we know it.”
"Research shows that jobs will continue to transform into the future and it is expected that 65% of today’s school children will be employed in jobs that have not yet been created. So, these student entrepreneurs will be, “the employers and business leaders of tomorrow.”
The supreme winner was Fanghzou Jiang, for his role in establishing Crimson Consulting. Crimson Consulting is a research and development student educational service provider that helps students to unlock their potential and to study at some of the world’s leading universities.
The competition was judged by Peter Lamberton from ASB, Carol Comer from High Impact, Sam Gadd from Humankind, Chris Chandler from KPMG and Sudesh Jhunjhnuwala from Sudima Hotel. Judge Samantha Gadd said, “Fanghzou was selected as the winner because of the level of dedication, commitment and tenacity he has demonstrated throughout his studies, the development of his business and within his own personal life. But also Crimson Consulting is a business that has had proven success and is already earning significant revenue that was just at another level to the other entrants.”
Photo: (L-R) Samantha Gadd, Fanghzou Jiang and Richard Conway.