The Programme

Develop your skills as a global leader engaging with colleagues from across the globe.  Foster your creativity to find sustainble solutions to the world's complex issues.  Learn how to put together a business concept proposal that can attract funds and support.  And raise your social entrepreneurship skills to create profitable solutions for social and enviromental issues.   

Participants are in teams of eight, with members drawn from around the world. Teams compete, not countries. The team uses cloud computing to communicate with its members. To date over 10,000 participants from 655 universities and 80 organisations in 115 countries have participated. Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand's capital city is the home of the contest. This is the 16th contest.

The Global Enterprise Experience won the Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group. 

 2019 dates

The 2019 contest will run from May 1 to May 22, it is free to enter, and there are no restrictions on who may enrol.  Past participants have been students, entrepreneurs, or working for businesses or civil society organisations. 

Teams write a six-page business concept proposal for a low initial cost venture that profitably progresses a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal
The topic is deliberately broad, so projects will vary widely such as focusing on poverty, hunger, health, wellbeing, education, clean water, sanitation, energy, environment, inequalities, responsible production and consumption, peace or justice. 
The project could be based in a developed or developing country or between countries. You will need to use your creativity to design a great project that achieves social goals but is also profitable.  It just needs to be profitable, but not necessarily very profitable, as this ensures the project is sustainable rather than simply one more suggestion to governments or aid agencies on how to spend their scarce funds.  The concept should be innovative.
Enrolment is from March 1 to April 17 2019.  You may choose a partner to work with or you may enroll as a single.  The second enrollee of your pair needs to know the email address of the first enrollee to enrol. It is helpful to provide your team members with several avenues of communicating, so the enrolment form has the option of entering your cellphone number, and your username for Skype, FaceBook and WhatsApp.  If you enter this information, only your team members will see it.
After enrolling you will be sent an email requesting a brief bio to share with your team members, and a five minute self-evaluation questionnaire on your peer-leadership skills.  If we have not received these by April 19 then you will not be placed in a team.  If your university requires late enrolments, please contact us. 
2019 Contest 
You will receive an email at 01:00 GMT on May 1 with the names, countries and contact details of your eight team members. Your team will have three weeks to brainstorm an idea, undertake research and analysis, and write your proposal. 
A New Zealand student is responsible for getting the team started, but leadership may shift to other team members during the course of the contest. All other team members are peer leaders - taking joint responsibility for team performance, creativity, culture, engagement, decision making and conflict resolution. 
One team member submits the team report and all team members each submit a one-page reflection of their peer-leadership contribution to the team by May 22.  All team members complete a 360 degree feedback of the peer-leadership contribution of their eight team members by May 29.
If you are looking to become a social entrepreneur, and are keen to make your team's project happen in your country, then you may wish to apply for the New Venture Development Award by May 29.  The winner will receive NZ$4,000 to help get the venture started.  

Champion Peer-Leader - NZ$1,000

Each member of the Champion Team - NZ$500 each

New Venture Development Award - NZ$4,000 project seed money for an individual emerging social entrepreneur

There are also non-financial awards recognising team leadership, commitment, academic leadership, and past participant social entrepreneurship.  All completing participants receive a letter of commendation and a certificate. 

Award ceremony

The 2019 award ceremony will be held in New Zealand's parliament in late June.  New Zealand participants collect awards, certificates, and letters of commendation on behalf of their international colleagues, which will then be returned to the organiser and sent to the participant. Only those who completed all of the requirements of the contest are eligible for awards and certificates.