The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) 2017

Deadline April 17, 2017.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS) is a global initiative of six universities in Munich, Mexico City and Shanghai that is organized by the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie.
In the spirit of promoting “billion-dollar projects to foster societal change”, GESS was launched in 2008 as a joint initiative of Munich’s four entrepreneurship centers (4E) at the following universities:
• Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (University of Excellence)
• Technical University of Munich (University of Excellence)
• Munich University of Applied Sciences
• Universität der Bundeswehr München
In 2016, GESS was brought to the next level thanks to a partnership with Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico), Tongji University (China) and the support of the SAP Foundation.
Together we are looking for young leaders from all over the world who are keen to solve the world’s biggest challenges through entrepreneurial means.


During the Global Entrepreneurship Summer School (GESS), 105 motivated students located in three cities around the world – Munich, Shanghai and Mexico City – 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!

This year’s GESS 2017 focuses on the topic of “Food”. Join us at one of our three locations:

Shanghai, China (28.08 – 03.09.2017)
Mexico City, Mexico (08.09 – 14.09.2017)
Munich, Germany (15.09 – 21.09.2017)


  • 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

What is the cost

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.


Begin application here

Check out the FAQs, View webpage here


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