Develop your skills as a global changemaker engaging with colleagues from across the globe. Foster your creativity to find sustainable 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.
You will be placed in a team of eight members drawn from six to eight countries. Teams compete, not countries. Your team will communicate via the cloud to produce a social enterprise proposal.
Be a peer-leader
Peer-leaders matter. They are the people who see a need and step up to the challenge – regardless of their designated role. There is a famous quote from Margaret Mead about peer-leaders; “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has".
All participants are expected to be peer-leaders - that is taking joint responsibility for team creativity, team productivity, team problem solving, team unity and coaching others to succeed. As a peer-leader you also support your designated team leader in their role to guide the team.
Learn more through reading the reflections from past peer-leader winners, and checking out our Peer-Leadership Self-Evaluation to understand the qualities that we expect of you.
How do I become a team leader?
There are three ways you can become a team leader:
- You are a member of a sponsoring organisation. The team leaders are appointed before the start of the contest and receive training and support.
- You are invited to be a co-leader during the contest by your team leader because of your high performance. As a co-leader you will be given access to all of the same materials and support as the leaders.
Those who step 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. You may choose to enrol as a single or with a partner. The partner needs to know the first enrolee's email address.
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. The GEE-Plus option costs NZ$900. See the full details of the benefits for each option.
GEE-Plus: Add training, support, & accreditation
Team members can choose to upgrade to GEE-Plus for NZ$900. The additional benefits are:
- Membership of a facilitated peer support group on Zoom 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 BaseCamp group for networking and learning materials
- Assessment with feedback of your team proposal, personal reflection and 360 degree feedback
- Accreditation of your level of excellence in global peer-leadership
- A transcript of your results
- Entitlement to the Director of the Global Enterprise Experience being a referee for you, based on the results of your contribution to your GEE team effort.
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.
Peer-Leadership Reflection and Feedback
Write a reflection of your Global Enterprise Experience highlighting your peer-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 peer-leader reflection, and the assessment criteria for peer-leadership awards.
Take 15 minutes to complete your 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 is open to anyone in tertiary education or graduates in the workforce or contributing to a voluntary organisation. To date 13,000 participants from more than 700 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.