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TORONTO, July 19, 2022 /CNW/ - After a vigorous competition with eight elite student entrepreneur finalists, Judges at the EO Canada GSEA's National Championship have chosen a final five winners to share a national prize purse of $100,000 cash.

The top two winners have also been chosen as Canada's representatives at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global finals, happening in spring 2023. There, they will compete with the most accomplished student entrepreneurs from over 50 countries around the globe.

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Claire McLoughlin | Co-founder, Friendly Composting

When food waste goes into landfill, it produces methane, which traps 25 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. With that in mind, McLoughlin, 27, and her roommate Katie Forsyth, 29, launched a composting service in Kamloops, B.C., that now collects 3,000 kilograms of food waste each week and delivers it to a nearby farm to compost into nutrient-rich soil. “A ton of people want to do their part to mitigate climate risks,” says McLoughlin, “but municipalities are slow making these changes.”

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2022 /CNW/ - With two years of COVID-19 taking down thousands of small businesses and start-ups, there has never been a more difficult time to be a young Canadian Entrepreneur.

Taking bold action to support the next generation of Canadian Entrepreneurs, the Thomas GSEA Foundation has created a major, annual $100,000 national purse for Canadian students who own or operate a business while enrolled in post-secondary education.  In addition to the monetary prize is the invaluable exposure and access to mentors, student entrepreneur communities, investor groups, and much more that will help these students successfully grow their businesses. 


The 2021 EO GSEA Global Champion was Roberta Elizondo, a former business creation and innovation student who represented Mexico. Roberta founded Travelers with Cause, a business that promotes responsible tourism and aims to create a positive social impact in vulnerable communities. The judges were impressed by her resourcefulness, creativity, and commitment to making long-term social impacts through her organization.

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