The 2019 GSE application has closed!

Applicants will receive completion emails concerning applications after January 20th. GSE staff manually connects applications to recommendations, and this can take a bit of time. If a recommendation is missing, we will contact the applicant.


What do we look for in a team? Click here

What do we look for in individuals? Click here

The GSE Application is a 3 step process.

Download our 2019 Application Checklist to help you throughout the process!

Step 1

Create your video. For detailed instructions on how to create your video, what to include, and how to upload to YouTube - click below!

Video Instructions

a few examples:

*Note that these are truly just examples. Please do not copy or mimic them. We really encourage creativity and are excited about the opportunity to get to know you. Your video is a glimpse into your personality. Copying someone else’s video parallels copying parts of their personality. We want to know YOU!

STep 2

Complete the online application. For detailed information about the online application, eligibility, and timeline - click below!

Online Application Instructions

Step 3

Collect your recommendations. If you are applying as a team, you are required to gather two recommendations. If you are applying as an individual, you are required to gather two recommendations.

Team Recommendation Form - Digital Version →

Individual Recommendation Form - Digital Version →

Questions? E-mail

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a number of criteria. Building a company (even a virtual one) is hard work and we will select participants who show us they will apply themselves wholeheartedly to the experience. The decisions are a bit subjective so show us your passion and creativity! The best applications will be sincere expressions of who you are and why you want to attend.

Applications will be scored by committees. One committee of reviewers will score individual applications and one committee of reviewers will score team applications. The score given to a team video will be applied to each individual team members’ application score.  In the selection process, teams will be evaluated in a pool with other teams, and individuals will be evaluated in a pool with other individuals. 

GSE will be selecting students in a manner that allows us to form business teams of no more than four. Effort is made to select students from all areas of the state. 

If you are in 9th or 10th grade and you do not make it in the first year of the program, try again the next summer – many successful entrepreneurs have failed the first time. Resilience and persistence are essential qualities.

Remember... students cannot be absent from GSE for any reason except emergency, illness, or overriding personal reason.


Rules and Consent


Since team building is essential to GSE, an overriding philosophy of freedom coupled with responsibility permeates all that students do. The program’s few regulations are governed by law, safety, and common concern for the total GSE community.

(1) Student automobiles or other motorized vehicles are prohibited, in addition to riding in unauthorized vehicles, or leaving campus for unauthorized trips.

(2) No drugs, including alcoholic beverages, are allowed.

(3) No firearms or other deadly weapons are allowed.

All of these rules will be strictly enforced. A student will be dropped from the program and immediately sent home for violation of any of these rules.



In order to be selected to attend GSE, each student must sign a consent form agreeing:

(1) To stay for the entire three weeks without interruption (except for illness or emergencies); and  

(2) To abide by GSE rules which include attending sessions daily, while participating fully in sessions and in the life of the community. This includes weekday and weekends on campus as well.

Before applying, you and your parents or guardians should understand that you are expected to stay for the full term of three weeks without interruption. Your teammates are counting on you to help build a successful product and company.  Students who know of scheduling conflicts in advance should contact GSE to discuss the conflict or should not apply.