At the heart of every new initiative is a leader who chose to make a difference. Always! That leader is like a magnet who attracts the people, skills, money, resources and opportunities to grow the idea. So, to create the world we wish to live in, we need to develop ethical leaders.
We learn to become leaders through experiencing leadership, stepping up to the challenge, then reflecting on what works and what needs to change. This contest won a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Award for its global impact on growing leaders who can work in partnership across diversity to improve our world.
Your team will have eight members from every region of the world. You will forge them into a virtual team divided by time zones but united by a common purpose - to develop a profitable business concept proposal that will address a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal using limited capital.
You will get the team started, establish the technology platforms, lead a creative process to generate great social enterprise ideas, gain agreement, manage conflict, keep to deadlines, make tough decisions when necessary, assure a quality proposal, build mutual respect for the team's diverse world-views, and inspire the joy of fellowship.
You will also support your team members to step up to be peer-leaders - that is taking joint responsibility for team creativity, team productivity, team problem solving, team unity, and coaching others to succeed. You may wish to invite excellent team members to co-lead with you.
You will have access to a personal coach for your leadership journey, as well as extensive learning resources and networks.
Learn more through reading the reflections from past Global Leader winners here, and checking out our Peer-Leadership Self-Evaluation to understand the qualities that we expect of you and your team members.
How do I become a team leader?
Firstly, enrol as a team member. Then there are three ways to become a team leader:
- You are a member of a sponsoring organisation. The team leaders are invited before the start of the contest, and are provided with training and support.
- You are invited to co-lead during the contest because the leader values your talents. As a co-leader you are given access to all of the same materials and support as the leaders.
Those who began the contest as a team leader are eligible for the Champion Global Leader Award. Those who stepped up to lead the team through invitation or necessity are eligible for the Champion Global Peer-Leader Award and NZ$1,000 prize money.
Enrolment and Cost
Enrol here between February 22 to April 7 as a team member. You may choose to enrol as a single or with a partner. The partner needs to know the first enrolee's email address. If you enrol as a pair and are invited to lead, then there will be a discussion with the organiser as to whether you will lead on your own or co-lead with your partner. For any enrolment issues contact the organiser.
After enrolling, we will ask you to send a brief bio to share with your team members, and complete a five-minute self-evaluation of your peer-leadership skills.
Enrolment to be a team member is free. If you are invited to be a team leader then the cost of NZ$1,300 will be covered by your sponsoring organisation, or a scholarship from the organising company, Te Kaihau Ltd. See the full details of costs and benefits for each option.
Leader training and support
Leaders receive this support via through a Microsoft Teams collaboration platform. Here is the guidance for leaders to access the site.
- Membership of a facilitated peer support group on Microsoft Teams to share and learn with colleagues from the experience
- Access to additional personal coaching
- Access to a full suite of interactive webinars on leadership skills, personal development, developing a business concept proposal, social enterpreneurship, the UNSDGs, innovation and coaching
- Access to a Microsoft Teams group for networking and learning materials
- Emails providing leadership and team management guidance at each step of the contest
- Personal help from the organiser on request
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 an innovative project that achieves social goals but is also profitable. Earning a profit ensures the venture is self-sustaining.
Reflection and Feedback
Write a reflection of your Global Enterprise Experience highlighting your leadership including giving and receiving coaching. The reflection is under 1000 words and due on May 16. Judges are more interested in your insight, effort, and stretch outside your comfort zone than excellence. Check out the requirements for the leader reflection, and the assessment criteria for peer-leadership awards.
Take 15 minutes to complete a 360° online anonymous feedback of the peer-leadership contribution of your eight team members by May 16. Those winning awards write thoughtful feedback for their colleagues. You will receive your team members' feedback of you at the end of May.
Make your team idea happen
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 Award by May 16. The winner will receive NZ$4,000 to help get the venture started. You will be emailed your personal link to submit an application. See the past winning projects.
2021 contest dates
At 01:00 GMT on April 21 you will receive details of your eight team members. For three weeks you will work together to develop your proposal to submit by May 12.
Who may enrol
Enrolment as a team member is open to anyone in tertiary education or graduates in the workforce or contributing to a voluntary organisation. Enrolment as a team leader is only by invitation. To date 13,000 participants from more than 730 universities and 130 organisations in 121 countries have taken part.
This is the 18th contest. The Global Enterprise Experience won the Intercultural Innovation Award from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group for its global impact on growing leaders who can change our world.
You may wish to invite others to be a team member. Here is a poster, invite letter to participate, and our Facebook page.
Champion Global Peer-Leader - NZ$1,000
Champion Global Team - NZ$500 for each team member
New Venture Award - NZ$4,000 seed money for an individual to make their team's project proposal happen
Commitment Award - For exceptional effort in the face of adversity
Certificate and Letter of Commendation - For all completing participants
Certification and Transcript of Results - For GEE-Plus team members
Only those who have their name on the team proposal, and submitted their personal reflection and 360° feedback on time are eligible for any awards, certificates or letters of commendation
The 2021 award ceremony will be held in New Zealand's parliament on June 23. New Zealand participants represent their overseas colleagues. The GEE organiser will send you your awards, prize money and recognition.