What is it about?

The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) is a seven-day program where 140 university students come together in Munich, Mexico City, Shanghai and Cape Town to develop entrepreneurial solutions that meet the world’s biggest challenges. In the spirit of promoting “billion-dollar projects to foster societal change”, we work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals aiming to empower students to become young responsible leaders who create positive change in our society.

At GESS, you will work in international and interdisciplinary teams on region-specific problems to develop your own idea that presents both a sustainable impact on society and a self-sustaining, profitable business model. Throughout GESS, your team will be partnered with a coach who will provide you with feedback and assistance on any technical questions, like how to test your idea with the community on-site. A series of interactive input sessions by renowned entrepreneurs will provide you with the complementary knowledge.

At the end of the course, you and your team will pitch your idea to a wide public audience – and you should definitely not miss the celebration afterwards!

Join us!

Experience a unique learning opportunity with peers from around the world!

What you need to know to participate

Application Process

The application phase is open from February 5 to April 16, 2018 (1:00PM CEST).

We will select 140 students to attend our program in Munich, Mexico City, Shanghai or Cape Town depending on the location you have chosen. Due to the high number of applications received every year, all applications will go through a very strict – but fair – selection process. You will receive either an invitation or a rejection letter via e-mail by May 2018.

For further details on how to apply, please read our FAQ’s.

 

Who we are looking for

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.

You are the right person for GESS if you have the following qualities:

  • You think and act entrepreneurially.
  • You are deeply motivated to find answers to the most challenging problems in our global society.
  • 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.
  • You have a strong proficiency in English.
  • Ideally, you are engaged in student initiatives or community efforts.

 

Tuition 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 the mentioned account 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.

 

Costs covered

During the program, the following costs are covered for all participants:

  • -Full board for 7 days (i.e. meals).
  • -Accommodation in shared rooms for a maximum of 8 nights.
  • -On-site transportation (via public transit) to the locations of GESS activities.

 

You are responsible for covering any additionally occurring costs that are not mentioned here (e.g. insurance, any activity engaged in during free-time, etc.).

"GESS is much more than 5 teams competing during a week, it's a global community that wants to thrive through social entrepreneurship!"

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), Shanghai (China) and Cape Town (South Africa). You can choose to participate in either one of these four locations. The yearly GESS topic, “Consumption” in 2018, will be focused on the region-specific challenges.

Applications are open from February 5 to April 16, 2018 (1PM CEST).

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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 graduate applicants, including MBA and PhD students.

Please check our terms conditions and rules here.

GESS will take place at three different dates, depending on the location:

  • Mexico City: 24.08. – 30.08.2018
  • South Africa: 09.09.-15.09.2018
  • Shanghai: 12.09.-18.09.2018
  • Munich: 20.09.-26.09.2018

Please note: because we require your full attention during the summer school, you should not have further obligations during the stated program period.

If you are selected, you will receive a confirmation e-mail in May with particular details. Your chosen GESS location will then provide you with a visa invitation letter. However, you need to organize your visa on-site at the respective embassy in your country.

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. 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.

During the program week, participants will be provided with accommodation in shared dorms (8 nights), full board and (public) transportation.

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. You are also responsible to organize and cover the costs of your own travel insurance.

This year, we will select 140 motivated students from around the world to attend the GESS program either in Munich, Mexico City, Shanghai or Cape Town 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, simply fill out the application form  and submit your CV (incl. your current grades) and your certificate of enrollment (proof that you are a student in higher education). Please fill out the entire application in English. We will not accept applications in any other language.

You will receive either an invitation or a rejection letter via e-mail by May 2018.

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.

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If you have a question that is not answered above, please send an e-mail to info@globalsummerschool.org. Even if it takes some time, we will gladly answer your questions. We thank you very much for your interest and are happy to be of further assistance to you.