Acorn Regulatory’s Managing Director Dr. Gemma Robinson was a member of the 2018 judging panel for the Irish finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) held last night (December 7th 2017) at the Dogpatch Labs in CHQ in Dublin. The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is a global competition for students who own and operate a business while attending college or university. Nominees compete against their peers from around the world in a series of local and/or national competitions in hopes to qualify for GSEA Finals. Founded in 1998 by Saint Louis University, GSEA is now an Entrepreneurs’ Organization program. Dr. Robinson is an active member of the Irish EO chapter. There were four GSEA 2018 finalists on the night who each had thirty minutes to pitch their business to the panel of judges. On the night, participants also heard from Patrick Joy, an EO member and a previous winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014. They also heard from Marie Martin, last years’ winner of the Irish GSEA award. Dave Calnan, a student at University College Cork was the 2018 winner and will now go on to the next stage of the competition that takes place in Toronto in April 2018. Speaking about the awards and the competition after the announcement of the winner Dr. Gemma Robinson said that the standard of entries was exceptionally high and pointed to a strong entrepreneurial culture in the Irish third level sector. She was joined on the panel last night by a number of well known business people including former Dragons Den ‘Dragon’ Sean Gallagher. For more information about GSEA 2018 and previous years please visit here. For more information about EO Ireland please visit here. For more information about Dr. Gemma Robinson please visit here.