About the Contest

The Global Enterprise Experience develops global leaders skilled in managing across cultures, time zones, and developed and developing countries with world views that are worlds apart.  It builds a mindset for creating successful business ventures that tackle social and environmental issues.

Participants are in teams of eight, with members drawn from around the world.  Teams compete, not countries. The team uses cloud computing to communicate with its members. To date 8,000 students from 560 universities in 103 countries have participated. Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand's capital city is the home of the contest. This is the 14th contest.


2017 Contest 

The 2017 contest will run from May 3 to May 24, it is free to enter, and there are no restrictions on who may enrol. 

Teams write a six-page business concept proposal on a profitable product or service that applies appropriate technology to enhance wellbeing. The topic is deliberately broad, so projects will vary widely such as focusing on refugees, children, elderly, disabled, poor or remote communities, with projects as varied as environment, water, communication, retaining language or food among dozens of other possibilities.  The project could be based in a developed or developing country or between countries. You will need to use your creativity to design a great project that achieves social goals but is also profitable.  It just needs to be profitable, but not necessarily very profitable, as this ensures the project is sustainable rather than simply one more suggestion to governments or aid agencies on how to spend their scarce funds. 

Enrolment is now open until April 19.  You may choose a partner to work with or you may enroll as a single.  The second enrollee of your pair needs to know the email address of the first enrollee to enrol. It is helpful to provide your team members with several avenues of communicating. so the enrolment form has the option of entering your username for Skype, FaceBook and DropBox and your cellphone number.  If you enter this information, only your team members will see it.
After enrolling you will be sent an email requesting a brief bio to share with your team members.  If we have not received your bio by April 21 then you will not be placed in a team.  Late enrolments will be considered to fit into your university calendar, but we would appreciate prior notice if this is likely.

You will receive an email at 01:00 GMT on May 3 with the names, countries and contact details of your eight team members. Teams will have three weeks to brainstorm an idea, undertake research and analysis, and write their proposal. A New Zealand student is responsible for getting the team started, but leadership may shift to other team members during the course of the contest.  Teams communicate using systems such as email, Google Docs, Facebook, Skype, Dropbox, Whatsapp, Imo, Trello,cellphone or other technologies chosen by the group.

On May 24 the team leader emails in the team report, and each participant emails in their own one-page journal.

The report is assessed on

  • The concept
  • Marketing
  • Financing and economics
  • Thinking on how to make it happen
  • Presentation of the report

The 2017 prize giving will be held in New Zealand's parliament on June 27.  New Zealand participants collect certificates and letters of commendation on behalf of their international colleagues awards, which will then be returned to the organiser and sent to the participant. Only those who completed all of the requirements of the contest are eligible for awards and certificates.