EO Lahore Hosts 2020 EO GSEA Pakistan National Competition


Student of the University of Management and Technology to Represent Pakistan at GSEA Global Finals

Alexandria, Virginia, USA (25 February 2020) – The Lahore chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business leaders, has announced Ali Khursheed, a student of the University of Management and Technology as the Pakistan national winner of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).

GSEA is EO’s premier awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college or university. The qualifier competition hosted by EO Lahore this year saw the participation of nine students from eight universities across Pakistan. Student entrepreneurs competed against peers and were judged by prominent entrepreneur judges including Zeeshan Aftab, Managing Director 10Pearls; Ahmed Uzair, Partner AUC Law; Hassan Farid, CEO Pak Steel; Shafique ur Rehman, CEO RMI Hospitals; Shehryar Sheikh, CEO Pak Group; Asher Khan, CEO Commtel; Mohsin Jawa, CEO Wanguard International; Anees Khawaja, Director Mahmood Group.

Kashif Shakoor, EO Lahore, GSEA Chair, said, “All the presentations this year were outstanding. We congratulate Ali on his win and wish him the very best for the global finals coming up in April. It’s inspiring to see young entrepreneurs like him take on business ideas that also create positive social impact.”

Ali Khursheed, Founder, Aabshar now makes his way to the GSEA global finals taking place in Cape Town, South Africa from 26-28 April 2020. Speaking about his win, Ali said, “I am proud to be representing Pakistan at the GSEA finals and I look forward to highlighting our solutions for water conservation to a global audience.”

His company AABSHAR provides Water Optimizers that are installed as add-ons to taps enabling a reduction of water waste of up to 98%. In addition to saving water, the optimizers also help save electricity being used by water pumps and controls sewage overflows.

Ali earned a total prize package of PKR500,000 from the national competition. Saliha Aslam, Smart Mirror Labs Pvt. Ltd., the 1st Runner-up received PKR200,000 and 2nd Runner-up, Syed Usman Shah, Suii Dhaaga received PKR100,000.

National rounds of the GSEA competition are currently underway across the world with over 1,200 student entrepreneurs competing in total. In addition to networking and mentorship, global finalists stand a chance to win US$25,000 in cash if they achieve first place, whilst 2nd and 3rd place runners up will take home US$10,000 and US$5,000 respectively. The competition also recognizes special efforts towards Social Impact, Innovation, and Lessons from the Edge. To know more about the GSEA competition and participants, please visit: http://gsea.org/

About Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000 influential business owners with 195 chapters in 62 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for University students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 2000 prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 50 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA is generously supported by Thomas Franchise Solutions.

Priscilla May D’Souza
Entrepreneurs’ Organization
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