• inspired innovation



  • What is gsea?

  • GSEA is a competition designed to recognize and support undergraduate students who enrolled in an undergraduate program at a recognized college or university and own a revenue-generating for-profit business that has been operational for a minimum of six consecutive months. It is a catalyst that inspires students and young entrepreneurs to start, grow and make their entrepreneurial ventures THRIVE. Student entrepreneurs compete through local, regional or virtual competitions to win their shot at going head to head against the best student entrepreneurs in the world at the Global Finals.


    Speaker, Alan Stein Jr. teaches proven strategies to improve organizational performance, create effective leadership, increase team cohesion and collaboration, and develop winning mindsets, rituals and routines.


    A successful business owner and veteran basketball performance coach, he spent 15 years working with the highest-performing athletes on the planet (including NBA superstars Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Kobe Bryant).


    In his corporate keynote programs and workshops, Alan reveals how to utilize the same approaches in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level. He delivers practical lessons that can be implemented immediately.


    The strategies from Alan's book, Raise Your Game: High Performance Secrets From The Best Of The Best, are implemented by corporate teams and sports teams around the country. His inspirational words are featured on 12-foot mural outside the Penn State Football Training Center, so that players run past it on the way to practice every day.

  • Event agenda


    Students/Judges Log Into Zoom


    Student Presentations

    1:30PM -- Lucas Vining (Ichosia Biotechnology, The George Washington University)

    2:00PM -- Veeraj Shah (Vitalize, University of Maryland)

    2:30PM -- Cameron Kane (Valkyrie Software Solutions LLC, Salisbury University)

    3:00PM -- Josh Ermias (Door Robotics, University of Maryland)

    3:30PM -- Shreya Sharma (Hydrogene, Johns Hopkins University)

    4:00PM -- Alexei Onufrak (Solr Tech, University of Maryland)


    Judges Review Notes and Select Winner


    EO GSEA Awards and Keynote Speaker Alan Stein Jr.

    5:00PM -- Introduction to EO & EO GSEA, Pramod Raheja

    5:10PM -- remarks from EO President, Greg McDonough

    5:12PM -- Introduction of Keynote Speaker, Pramod Raheja

    5:15PM -- Alan Stein Jr. Keynote presentation and Q/A

    6:15PM -- GSEA Awards

  • Keynote speaker alan stein jr.

  • The 2021 eo dc Studentpreneur Finalists

    Learn more about the student entrepreneurs competing in this year's EO DC GSEA Event!

    Lucas Vining

    CEO of Ichosia Biotechnology

    While studying Biology at The George Washington University, Lucas founded Ichosia Biotechnology, a company that leverages novel genetic engineering and stem cell technologies to create a proprietary red blood cell product, called Erythrosyn. They have raised over $150k in non-dilutive funding, including a combination of both national and international business competitions, academic grants from leading research universities, and research grants from the federal government. Lucas has also been featured on the Washington Business Journal's 2020 DC Inno 25 Under 25 list as well as multiple other awards recognizing pitching, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Josh Ermias

    Co-Founder of Door Robotics

    While studying Computer Science at the University of Maryland, Josh co-founded Door Robotics, a consumer electronics company focused on designing and manufacturing virtual reality drones. Their drones introduce platforms capable of taking pictures and videos that can be seen in a Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or your phone or computer. After successfully reaching their crowdfunding goal of $200k on Kickstarter, they have begun designing an indoor drone with real-estate photography capabilities.

    Cameron Kane

    Founder of Valkyrie Software Solutions LLC

    While studying Computer Science at Salisbury University, Cameron has been working on ways to improve the accessibility of the video gaming experience, focusing first on audio. After conducting University grant-funded research, he founded Valkyrie Software Solutions, LLC in the pursuit of making Universal Design features commonplace in the video game industry. His business received the top prize the in a number of competitions and is looking to gain the support to take his business from seed stage to an early stage company.

    Shreya Sharma

    Co-Founder and CEO of HydroGene

    Shreya Sharma, Co-Founder and CEO at HydroGene, is a Biomedical Engineer from Johns Hopkins University. She brings quality and product engineering experience to the HydroGene team through her work at a medical device startup and her previous research background at JHU. She also has experience in marketing and strategy consulting to improve local businesses.

    Veeraj Shah

    Co-CEO of Vitalize

    While studying Health Policy & Technology and Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Veeraj Shah has been interested in how technology can be leveraged to solve pressing problems in healthcare and public health. He currently serves as the Co-CEO of Vitalize where he is developing the first mobile wellness app tailored to the lived experiences of healthcare providers. He is also the CEO of Chat Health, a nonprofit organization that leverages AI enabled communications to automate the provision of preventative health resources. Outside of his work as an entrepreneur, Veeraj works as a health policy research intern under the United States Surgeon General, focusing primarily on how AI can improve the quality and cost effectiveness of healthcare in the United States.

    Alexei Onufrak

    CEO of Solr Tech


    As an Information Science Senior at the University of Maryland, Alexei Onufrak has been passionate about building innovative solar products and fostering entrepreneurship through collaboration. He currently serves as the CEO of Solr Tech, where he is determined to apply renewable technologies to everyday products. With a mission to create value for businesses and the community by bringing power to everyone, without the huge infrastructure costs, he strives to bring the most scalable and sustainable renewable source of energy available to communal locations with products that complement their surroundings. With their first product, the Solr Umbrella™, they have created the first easy way to turn any patio umbrella into a solar charging station.

  • sponsors

    A big thank you to the companies below for sponsoring this year's event!