Student CEO Steinar Henskes Bests 2,000 Competitors From 38 Countries for the Win
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier global competition honoring the top student entrepreneurs who have founded and are running revenue-generating businesses, named Steinar Henskes, CEO of Bird Control Group from the Netherlands, as Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. The award gala took place this evening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.
Henskes, a 24-year-old Vrije Universiteit student, competed against a field of 2,000 students from 38 countries through a series of national and regional competitions. Tonight he received $20,000 from EO to help Henskes successfully continue on his entrepreneurial journey, and access to the EO’s global network of 10,000+ business owners worldwide.
Henskes started Bird Control Group to provide solutions to keep birds at a safe distance from commercial activities using animal-safe lasers. Founded in 2012, the company operates in 52 countries around the globe including major airports like Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and London Airport. The products are recognized by the World Wildlife Fund for innovation, effectiveness and animal friendliness. The Bird Control Group is part of Yes!Delft, the incubator program of the Technical University Delft, The Netherlands.
“What an unbelievable journey to not only start a business as a student, but to win the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, it’s a dream come true,” said Steinar Henskes, CEO of Bird Control Group. “Being part of the global EO family means that I have access to 10,000 members and a network of entrepreneurs that will help me lead Bird Control Group for years to come. I’m grateful, excited and a little overwhelmed with it all.”
The GSEA is not just a competition; it helps students grow their businesses and succeed in their countries, as well as learn from experienced entrepreneurs. The program focuses on mentorship, learning, support and recognition for the hard work that comes with student entrepreneurship.
“The foundation of this program is to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and this year we saw some amazing competitors with innovative businesses. These student business owners remind us that entrepreneurship has no age limit. They innovate, create jobs, and impact their communities all while attending school full-time,” said Annush Ramasamy, GSEA committee chairman. “Steinar is a true example of the future of youth entrepreneurship and we know he will take his business to new levels in the years to come.”
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