GSE is the experience of a lifetime.

Opening our doors to the first group of young entrepreneurs in 2013, we bring teens from across the state into a three-week residential program, immerse them in a creative space and arm them with the tools needed to unleash their entrepreneurial spirits for the betterment of Kentucky.

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During the program, teams of high school students develop a business model, design a prototype and pitch their startup to a large audience and a panel of judges. GSE teaches the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of taking a business concept from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors.

Once you're admitted into Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE), you join a community of collaboration, creativity, and courage. You aren't just students. You become Entrepreneurs. You become an "E" - what we call our entrepreneurs. And we support our Es through the program and beyond.

Collaboration. Creativity.
Courage.

We know that exposing high school students to entrepreneurship allows them to see the world differently. Click below to learn more.

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Why
Apply
to GSE?

Entrepreneurs solve problems.

The spark of entrepreneurship is in each of us. But, to become an entrepreneur takes a unique mindset. Successful entrepreneurs must be determined and disciplined, confident and competitive and unafraid of failure. Our entrepreneurs learn how to cultivate creative thought, effectively communicate ideas, apply critical application, approach problems from different angles, consider customer perspective and turn failure into opportunity.

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Think Like an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship skills are life skills. Teens who experience GSE grow intrinsically and leave with the ability to better themselves and those around them. They learn to be confident, to take risks with their ideas and to assess options. They learn to think independently, and to embrace diversity and divergent thinking. 

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Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to our many collegiate partners, GSE participants qualify for $5 million in scholarship opportunities each year.

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Launch a Business or Idea

20+ new businesses have already been launched by GSE alumni. Others have filed for multiple patents and developed new ideas and relationships that sow the seeds for more business formation.

GSE adapts to change through innovation.

We kept pushing boundaries and attaining new heights this summer as we added a second session to give 120 Kentucky teens, up from 72 in previous years, an opportunity to explore their entrepreneurial spirits and pitch their business startup ideas.

 

We are already excited for the summer of 2022! Apply for the experience of a lifetime today.

Frequently

Asked

Questions

Who can apply to GSE?

How much does it cost?

9th, 10th, and 11th grade Kentucky teens are eligible to apply for the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs.

GSE is absolutely free of cost to the entrepreneurs we serve. There is no application or attendance fee.

What if I have an idea for a business?

What if I'm not sure if entrepreneurship is for me?

That's awesome! While you won't be working on a personal business idea at GSE, you will be able to apply what you learn as soon as you get home.

Entrepreneurship is so much more than starting a business. GSE will help you find your place, and you'll learn how to be entrepreneurial in all you do.

Frequently

Asked

Questions

Who can apply to GSE?

9th, 10th, and 11th grade Kentucky teens are eligible to apply for the Governor's School for Entrepreneurs.

How much does it cost?

GSE is absolutely free of cost to the teens we serve. There is no application or attendance fee.

What if I have an idea for a business?

That's awesome! While you won't be working on a personal business idea at GSE, you will be able to apply what you learn as soon as you get home.

What if I'm not sure if entrepreneurship is for me?

Entrepreneurship is so much more than starting a business. GSE will help you find your place, and you'll learn how to be entrepreneurial in all you do.

GSE is currently hosted by

 

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“The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs enrolls highly motivated and talented teens from across the Commonwealth, and I’m proud NKU will have a role in exposing these students to the entrepreneurial way of thinking."

- President Ashish Vaidya

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Check out both of our 2021 Demo Days.

We couldn't be happier with the outcome, and we certainly couldn't be more proud of our 2021 entrepreneurs.

They used grit, determination and innovation to create business models, design prototypes and pitch their startup ideas to a prestigious panel of entrepreneur judges and an audience of 300 during each of the Demo Day events.

Session 1: June 6 - June 26, 2021

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BranchOut

This app connects high school students to educational and career opportunities in Kentucky.

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Fill It

A refillable laundry detergent system to reduce plastic waste while letting families use their favorite laundry detergents.

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Secura

Secura is an app that connects women instantaneously based on location and need, allowing them to take self-defense classes together and access other opportunities and tools to defend themselves from an assault.

Session 2: July 5 - July 24, 2021

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TEHRA

TEHRA is an online marketplace that allows consumers to select from a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable home resources, from lumber to light bulbs.

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Nexxus bond

This durable and safe cover for chemotherapy ports allows patients to move with less fear of getting an infection or damaging their port.

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SwimSafe

SwimSafe is an educational water safety organization that caters specifically to autistic children and their affinity for water.

Alumni Success

DoseDEFENSE

DoseDEFENSE

COMPLEX PROBLEM. Despite the standardized use of childproof medication caps across the pharmaceutical industry– an average of 160 kids a...
Anneli White Designs

Anneli White Designs

Everything changed in 2019. I attended the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE). I ramped up artisan shows. I printed my...
RAK Louisville

RAK Louisville

RAK Louisville (Random Acts of Kindness Louisville) is a movement to flood the city of Louisville with random acts of...
My Fetal Life

My Fetal Life

As a 15-year old freshman at North Oldham High School, Myfetallife Founder and President Riya Shah had an idea. After...
TD Landscaping

TD Landscaping

GSE has inspired me to continue in being an entrepreneur because of where it can get you in life and what it means to have...

Learn more about how you can be a part of Kentucky's growth story.

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