Are you looking for a truly global challenge?

The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) is a unique virtual program, where top university students develop entrepreneurial solutions that tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

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GESS offers a unique opportunity to young people to make an impact and create change in an international community. Social Entrepreneurship is the tool of choice. We run the program in cooperation with the entrepreneurship centers of leading universities in Munich, Shanghai, Querétaro (Mexico) and Cape Town.

The global virtual program will take place from 29.07 – 06.08.2022. The call for applications is now open until May 10.



Through this virtual program, students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds are challenged to develop entrepreneurial solutions to societal challenges. This isn’t just another Zoom call – it’s an exciting, emotional and memorable experience that brings together people from around the world. This virtual learning journey includes hands-on and interactive methods to create a life-changing experience and foster lifelong connections between participants.



Our core values lead us to look out for students who are taking responsibility for improving our global society. You are a team-player with very good English language skills and you are interested in learning how to think and act entrepreneurially? Then GESS is the right place for you! We need students of all disciplines and from all over the world to advance sustainability on a global scale.

Interactive input sessions

Get to know other change makers from all over the world and create lifelong connections.

Interdisciplinarity and diversity

Experience diversity through a diverse cohort of students from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds.

Become part of an international network

Get to know other change makers from all over the world and create lifelong connections.

New tools and methods

Learn how to develop a scalable and sustainable business model.


The call for applications for GESS 2022 is now open.
You can apply until May 10 via this application form.

Due to the high number of applications we receive each year, all applications will go through a multi-stage selection process.

If you apply for GESS 2022, you will receive feedback via e-mail at the beginning of June 2022.

We have a concept of time zones that allows us to collaborate globally. This means there will be some of you starting early in the morning and others will be working rather late in the evening. You will either start at 8am at the earliest OR finish at 10pm at the latest. You will always work within a time span of 7 hours per day (including breaks and teamwork).

We charge a non-refundable tuition fee of 79,00 €. It’s timely payment is a requirement for participation.
Here, we´ve collected a few tips on how to get financial support.

Students from our partner universities have the opportunity to receive a scholarship.
In order to apply, please indicate the respective university in the application form and your request will be reviewed.

Formal Requirements
All undergraduate and graduate students, aged 18 – 35, from all fields (e.g., design, computer science, business economics, humanities, social sciences) and different levels of academic progress (B.A., M.A., MBA, and Ph.D) are welcome to apply. You must be enrolled at a university at some point during the calendar year 2022.
Please check our terms, conditions and rules.

Selection Criteria
– 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.

The topic of this year’s GESS is “Planetary Health”.

Planetary Health is a new framework concept that not only focuses on health on an individual level, but rather takes a holistic and systemic approach. Thus, it is concerned with the interconnections between human health and the political, economic, and social systems as well as the earth’s natural systems – on which the health of human civilization depends. This means, it also takes the effect of climate change on human health into account, including issues such as pollution, food security, climate anxiety, extreme weather or increasing allergens


Our international team from México, China, South Africa und Germany:

Your contact person

Bernadette Stöckl
Project Manager

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GESS was one of the best experiences in my life. In seven days I learnt incredibly much, made awesome friends and became clear what I want to do in life!

GESS Alumni

Working in an interdisciplinary intercultural team on a global challenge grows your personality.

GESS Alumni

GESS gave me a practical approach to learn about entrepreneurship and the skills needed to apply in real life. It was intense yet life giving!

GESS Alumni