GESS 2024


DRIVE CHANGE THROUGH A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

 

Get yourself ready for an unforgettable learning journey with like-minded peers from all over the world! Together with your international and interdisciplinary team, you will boost sustainable innovation to tackle global issues and solve the problems that matter. From defining your challenge, understanding the impact of your idea, and creating a sustainable business model, to the creation of your first prototype and the final pitches at the closing ceremony: You will run through the ups and downs of a real entrepreneurial journey. In that way, each day, you will come one step closer to solving the challenges you are passionate about.

THE PARTICIPANTS

We proudly present our participants from many different countries and diverse fields of study.

GESS MEXICO

Alejandra Estefania Rico Gonzalez
Mexico

Amelie Pohl
Germany

Ana Luisa Martinez Rosales
Mexico

Caio Costa Quintana
Brazil

Daniel Villar
Mexico

Delian Schnebel
Germany

Dilrüba Yıldız
Turkey

Ekaterina Pestriakova
Russia

Frida Julieta Chávez Ruiz
Mexico

Hedwig Mühlbauer
Germany

Jakob Hillebrand
Germany

Janeth Margarita Horak Alarcón
Mexico

Mattis Wodarg
Germany

Raúl René Fuentes Ripoll
Mexico

Valeria Pérez Alonso
Mexico

GESS SHANGHAI

Sebastian Tröster
Germany

Adrian Abold
Germany

Carlos Simon Amador Izaguirre
Peru

Felix Güttersberger
Germany

Yuxin Guo
China

Qinyang Wang
China

Xinyi Ge
Germany

Le Yu
China

Katharina Niedrig
Germany

Magnus Kraus
Germany

Stefan Zieglmeier
Germany

Emilia Mattuschat
Germany

Don L’Amour Chimhanda
South Africa

Janos Gründling
Germany

Mert Saracoglu
Turkey

Thi My Linh Nguyen
Germany

Jana Löhr
Germany

Ünvan Özkan
Germany

Diana Nicole Arana Sanchez
Mexico

Linh Nguyen
Germany

Marion Angela Heinrich
Germany

Truc Ngo
Vietnam

Tarja Lea Eiting
Germany

Andrei Fodor
Romania

Jimena Manola Dolores Ramos
Mexico

Natalie Fischer
Germany

Percy Moye
South Africa

Laeticia Afschar Yazdi
Germany

Saif Fekih
Germany

Rebecca Goy
Germany

Levin Mutschler
Germany

Fiona Harrington
Germany

Fabian Michael Zeilinger
Germany

Micheal Rekik
Tunisia

Xiaoyu Li
China

Alexander Berner
Germany

Otlotleng Edward Motseko
South Africa

Samson Kipp
Germany

Felix Schmidt
Germany

Manjia Jin
China

GESS MUNICH

Juan David Reyes Jaimes
Colombia

Henri Maiworm
Germany

Selahattin Can
Turkey

Florian Alexander Stupp
Germany

Harry Lan
New Zealand

Laurenz Murken
Germany

Talya Celikay
Turkey

Maria Alejandra Manzano Marquez
Colombia

Dimitrios Papadopoulos
Germany

Marina Penteado Salomão
Brazil

Rebeca Maidana
Germany

Vera Doga Pöhrenk
Germany

Gracious Mokone
Botswana

Korbinian Zacherl
Germany

Erik Stuckenberger
Germany

Nahoo Asteraye Tsige
Ethiopia

Divya Mittal
India

Jesús Enrique García Pérez
Mexico

Laetitia Stuchtey
Germany

Jeetesh Manilall
South Africa

Kaiyue Huang
China

Shiyi Zhu
China

Viviana Cuciuffo
Germany

Luisa Kundt
Germany

Yilin Zheng
China

Daniel Mahandana
South Africa

Jabran Raja
Pakistan

Jonas Pessier
Germany

Carla Paola Mata Gonzalez
Mexico

Amelya Keles
Germany

Sophia Hölscher
Germany

Nhi Pham Yen
Germany

THE TEAM

Meet the organizers of this year’s GESS.

CEO SCE, Co-Founder Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Klaus Sailer

Co-Founder Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Andy Goldstein

TU Munich

Helmut Schönenberger

Executive Director Social Entrepreneurship Akademie,
Head of GESS

Kristina Notz

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, Project Manager GESS

Laura Janssen

Munich University of Applied Sciences

Sonja Wilhelm

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Carola Vogel

Munich University of Applied Sciences

Anne Schlieker

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Rafael Lorenzo Piñón

Tecnológico de Monterrey

Romain Pouzou

Tongji University

Sherry Liu

Tongji University

Jiachen Wang

Tongji University

Amber Zhang

LifeCo UnLtd SA

Emanuela Di Rito

Landshut University of Applied Sciences

Stefan Erber

Munich Business School

Nadine Chochoiek

University of the Bundeswehr Munich

Anne Wallisch

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie

Chiara Dalle Molle

The organizations behind GESS

GESS is an international program of the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie in cooperation with thought-leaders.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AKADEMIE

The Social Entrepreneurship Akademie was founded in 2010 as a network cooperation between the four Munich universities and their corresponding Entrepreneurship Centers. With an interdisciplinary approach, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie strives to drive social change. Thereby, education is considered the key to societal change, as education paves the way for dealing with challenges.

Learn more about SEA.

STRASCHEG CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The Strascheg Center for Entrepreneurship (SCE) of the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) offers training and research programs in the field of entrepreneurship, and encourages innovation processes and the development of entrepreneurial personalities.

SCE supports business start-ups from science and guides young businesses from idea development to marketable innovation.

In this way, SCE actively contributes to shaping the future of our society and to establishing a comprehensive start-up culture. SCE was founded in 2002 as an affiliated institute of the MUAS. In July 2011, SCE and MUAS became one of the six EXIST Start-Up Universities in Germany.

Learn more about SCE.

Start2 Group

Start2 Group promotes innovation in companies and start-ups of all sizes. It connects the dots between corporates, academia & the startup ecosystem.

It empowers tomorrow’s entrepreneurial leaders and stimulates the creation of successful, innovative ventures.

Learn more about Start2

UNTERNEHMERTUM

UnternehmerTUM offers founders and startups a complete service from the initial idea to IPO. A team of experienced entrepreneurs, managers and investors supports founders with the development of their products, services and business models. The experts accompany them actively with building up their companies, market entry and financing – also via Venture Capital.

UnternehmerTUM was founded in 2002 by the entrepreneur Susanne Klatten. With more than 50 high-growth technology start-ups each year and its unique offering, it is the leading center for business creation in Germany.

Learn more about UnternehmerTUM

FOUNDERS@UNIBW

founders@unibw offers founders and those who want to become founders a lively and inspiring environment that promotes the transfer of research results and business ideas into innovative start-up projects.

They support the implementation of ideas in business start-ups and offer the support that founders need in the current phase of the start-up. They provide information and advice to people interested in setting up a business and arrange contacts to mentors at the Universität der Bundeswehr Munich and from the Munich start-up scene who can provide free advice on various start-up topics.

Learn more about founders@unibw

TONGJI VENTURE VALLEY

Tongji Venture Valley selects student entrepreneurship projects to promote innovation-based entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship-oriented innovation to cover more teachers, students and disciplines.

Tongji Venture Valley actively motivates companies to participate, bring in market resources and boost the combination of industry and education to achieve the goal that companies and the government could resort to Tongji Venture Valley when struggling with difficult problems or when having projects to be incubated.

Tongji Venture Valley associates with the existing work of relative departments of teaching administration, asset management, industry development and Tongji Science Park to complete the last kilometer project from university campus to science park.

Learn more about Tongji Venture Valley

EMPRENDIMIENTO

The Tecnológico de Monterrey mission is to prepare internationally competitive leaders who have an “entrepreneurial spirit” and a humanistic outlook.

In order to ensure that all students at the university uncover and grow their entrepreneurial spirit, the Tecnológico de Monterrey created the “Emprendimiento” responsible for cultivating and developing entrepreneurial competencies and attitudes in our students, supporting the creation and development of start-ups and businesses in our community, and advancing the research on entrepreneurship as an academic discipline.

The Tecnológico de Monterrey has always been a supportive partner of the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School since its establishment in the year 2008.

Learn more about Emprendimiento

LIFECO UNLTD

LifeCo UnLtd is a social enterprise, established over 2 decades ago during the times of segregation and marginalisation in South Africa. The enterprise focuses on 2 key elements: entrepreneurial education for youth, and entrepreneur development. It finds, funds and invests in emerging social entrepreneurs to expand their impact and access to market.

It facilitates programs focused on critical thinking, capital and entrepreneurial practice to schools and universities and is an active advocate for social impact – the organization is strategically placed to guide policy direction in South Africa and is a global influencer in the sector.

LifeCo UnLtd is also a global advocate for impact enterprise and impact investment and a founding member of the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN).

The partnership with LifeCo bundles and introduces eight South African Universities to the GESS initiative – significantly increasing GESS’s University presence.

Learn more about LifeCo UnLtd

STEELCASE

Steelcase is an office furniture company that leads the way in creating great experiences by offering a range of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to help people reach their full potential. With its Social Innovation Goals it envisions a world where thriving communities have equitable access to opportunities through quality education and healthy environments.

Learn more about Steelcase