What is it about?
During the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS), 140 motivated students located in four cities around the world – Munich, Shanghai, Mexico City and Capetown – will experience a unique learning opportunity with a social impact. We encourage students from all over the world to develop innovative solutions that can meet the world’s biggest challenges in a sustainable manner.
At GESS, you will work in international and interdisciplinary teams to develop ideas that present both a sustainable impact on society and a self-sustaining, profitable business model. Over the course of 7 days, you will learn about entrepreneurship, develop your own sustainable business ideas and build a long-lasting network of talented and international friends. A series of interactive lectures by renowned entrepreneurs will inform the project work and provide complementary knowledge (e.g., business planning or topic-specific issues). Throughout GESS, your team will be partnered with a coach who will provide you with feedback and assistance on your project and business plan and assist you with any technical questions. At the end of the course, you and your team will pitch your idea to an audience of more than 250 guests – and you should definitely not miss the celebration afterwards!
Experience a unique opportunity with international students from all around the world who are coming together with one common mission: to change the world through entrepreneurial means!
The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) approaches the important role of combining education, entrepreneurship, and networking for sustainable development.
The vision of GESS is based on the philosophy of creating claim “Billion Dollar Projects to Foster Societal Change“. Every year the challenge of GESS is based upon another Sustainable Development Goal. We want to encourage and connect talented students from all over the world to challenge society’s problems by entrepreneurial means. We want our students to think big and contribute to sustainable change in the dimension of billion.
The GESS started in 2008 as a collaborative project of the four leading university-based entrepreneurship centers in Munich, along with the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie and has become a global cooperation of six universities in three continents – that’s why we believe in the power of entrepreneurial collaboration and thinking for a better and sustainable future.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) is a 7-day program supporting entrepreneurially-minded students who are strongly committed to improving our society.
Our core values lead us to seek out students who are committed to peace and are taking responsibility for improving our global society, regardless of their gender, race, religion or nationality.
The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School will take place in Munich (Germany), Mexico City (Mexico) and Shanghai (China). You can choose to participate in one of these three locations.
All undergraduate and graduate students, aged 18 – 35, from all fields (e.g., design, computer science, business economics, humanities, social sciences) are welcome to apply. You must be enrolled at a university at some point during the calendar year. For example, if you are only enrolled until February, you can still apply even though you will not be enrolled in September. Our enrollment policy also applies to MBA and PhD students.
GESS will take place at three different dates – depending on the location:
- Shanghai: 28.08. – 03.09.2017
- Mexico City: 08.09. – 14.09.2017
- Munich: 15.09. – 21.09.2017
Please note: because we require your full attention during the summer school, you should not have further obligations during the stated program period.
Yes, the MOOC serves both as preparation and as a prerequisite for GESS. If you are selected, we will provide you with access to our videos (featuring Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Prof. Yunus, Business Model Canvas’ Alexander Osterwalder et al.), which will need to be viewed before attending GESS (see also). Therefore, please make sure to plan some time for this during the summer.
Tutition fee: We charge a non-refundable tuition fee of EUR 119.00 per selected participant. Paying the tuition fee on time is a requirement for participating in GESS. Fees are to be paid via Paypal upon being selected, and applicants are responsible for covering any associated transfer fees, if applicable.
Flight costs: All transportation costs to and from your GESS location must be covered by you. We want you to be entrepreneurial – consider it your first challenge to raise the money to join us (e.g. through a crowdfunding campaign, a summer job, sponsoring, etc.). We are happy to support you in spreading the word if needed.
While attending GESS, participants will be provided with full room and board and public transportation costs occurring during the program (such as subway tickets) will be covered. You are responsible for covering any expenses occurring outside of the program dates, as well as during additional, individually organized activities – therefore please make sure to bring enough spending money with you.
Yes, participants will be provided with accommodation in shared student dorms. Should you wish to arrive earlier or stay longer, you will be responsible for covering any living expenses incurred outside of program dates.
Yes, we will provide you with full board during the program week. The cost of transportation from your accommodation to the venue (via public transit) will be covered by us as well.
The application for GESS 2017 is now closed.
This year, we will select 105 motivated students from around the world to attend the GESS program either in Munich, Shanghai or Mexico City, depending on the location chosen in the application. Due to the high number of applications received every year, all applications will go through a very strict – but fair – selection process.
To apply, fill out the application form and submit a CV. Please fill out the entire application in English. We will not accept applications or additional materials in any other language.
You will receive either an invitation or a rejection letter via e-mail by May 2017.
We encourage you to focus on demonstrating the following qualities in your application:
• You think and act entrepreneurially.
• You are deeply motivated to find answers to the most challenging problems in our global society.
• You have strong proficiency in English.
• Ideally, you are engaged in student initiatives or community efforts.
• You are committed to peace and to acting in a responsible manner.
• You are a strong team player, open-minded and interested in working in international and interdisciplinary teams.
No, you can only use our official application form and submit materials via our website to be eligible for consideration. Additional materials submitted via other channels will not be considered, in order to maintain a fair evaluation process for all applicants. If the website submission is not working, please try using another browser before writing an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for further assistance.
No, but you should mention your academic degrees and other achievements in your CV.