Are you looking for a truly global challenge?

The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) is an international education program supporting entrepreneurially-minded students who are strongly committed to improving our society. 



GESS by SEA offers a unique opportunity to young people to make an impact and drive change through a global 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.



In international and interdisciplinary teams you will work on large-scale problems hands-on and develop your own sustainable, innovative, and profitable business model. Your team will be partnered with a coach and a series of interactive input sessions will provide you with the complementary practical and theoretical knowledge. At the end of the program, you and your team will pitch your idea to a public audience and you will become part of a global community of change agents.



We are looking for students who are aligned to our core values. Students who are driven to improving our global society. If you are a team-player, can engage and communicate well in English and are interested in learning how to think and act entrepreneurially, then GESS is the right place for you! We want to connect students of all disciplines and from all over the world to advance sustainability and innovation on a global scale.

Interactive input sessions

Learn from experienced entrepreneurs and experts who share their knowledge and experience with you.

Interdisciplinarity and diversity

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

Drive change through a global community

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

Methods for impact

Learn hands-on how to develop a scalable and sustainable business model to solve social and environmental issues.


This year, GESS will take place both in Munich and at the three locations of our partner universities:

  • Querétaro, Mexico: 22 to 28 July
  • Shanghai, China: 24 to 30 August
  • Munich, Germany: 12 to 18 September
  • Cape Town, South Africa: to be announced

You can apply for your favourite GESS on this website starting 5 March.

If you have any questions about GESS, please consider registering here for our Teaser Session on March 19, 2024 from 2 to 3 PM CET.

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

You can apply for GESS 2024 here on our website starting March 5, 2024. Sign up for our Application Reminder and we will let you know as soon as applications for GESS 2024 are open.

Should you have any questions please contact

Application Reminder

Who can apply?

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 in which the GESS takes place.

The program requires your full commitment. Please make sure you do not have further obligations during the program.

Please check our terms, conditions and rules.

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.

We charge a non-refundable tuition fee of 199,00 €. Its timely payment is a requirement for participation.

All participants are required to pay the tuition fee. Students from the organising German universities can apply for grants to cover the tuition fee. For specific information please reach out to

Furthermore, students from the organising German universities can earn up to 6 ECTS points for their participation at GESS.

Here, we´ve collected a few tips on how to get financial support.

Impressions: GESS 2023

Why GESS? Participants from 2023 share their experience


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

Your contact person

Anke Middendorf
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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 Alumna

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

GESS Alumnus

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 Alumna