The 2019 GSE application will open on 11/1.

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The GSE Application is a 3 step process. We have created a video series to help you as you work through the application.

Watch the video series here.

Download our 2018 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

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 - Paper Version →

Team Recommendation Form - Digital Version →

Individual Recommendation Form - Paper Version→

Individual Recommendation Form - Digital Version →

**Applications for 2018 are NOW CLOSED. E-mail for more information.**

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated on a number of criteria, including the merit of the ideas and the balance of skill sets. 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 is looking for a balance between products/services ideas and persons with team skills. GSE will be selecting students in a manner that allows us to form business teams of no more than five. 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.