Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) announced 26-year old Ambula Gopi Raja from Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh) as the winner of the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) 2021 India Finals on Feb 16. Raja was awarded a cash prize of INR 1 lakh and gets the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent India at the global finals of GSEA 2021 where he will compete against participants from 30 countries for a cash prize of US$25,000. The other countries that would be competing for the ultimate global recognition include Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan, South Africa, Spain and the USAamong other.
Raja is currently in his 4th year of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) at Kl University in Vijayawada. His startup ‘Fopple Drone Tech Pvt. Ltd.’ was established in 2017 and builds drones for agricultural spraying. He was chosen as the winner of GSEA India 2021 on the basis of his entrepreneurial spirit, thirst for learning, risk taking ability, innovation, business fundamentals, knowledge of their business vision, scalability and so on. Expressing his joy at winning the title, he said, “I am so honored to have won this prestigious competition. It has been great learning thus far and I am grateful for the time invested by EO members in mentoring and nurturing me through the process. It will enable me to grow my business and I look forward to learning all that I can. I wholeheartedly thank the Entrepreneurs Organisation for this”.
Sivaprakash S (19), became the first runner-up at the awards and got a cash prize of INR 75,000. He is currently pursuing Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) from Kongu Arts and Science College, Erode. His startup ‘Aayush (The Future of Health Care is Here)’ was established in 2016 and his innovation has the potential to save the lives of millions of people from all over the world from cardiovascular diseases.
The second runner-up, Anushka Ajay Bhave (21) is recipient of INR 50,000 and is currently pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune. Her startup ‘PCOS Virago’ was established in 2020 and it is a femtech and holistic wellness enterprise that helps women diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) for PCOS management and reversal along with spreading awareness and educating women about women’s reproductive health.
EO GSEA 2021 India Finals were organized by the India Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), which is the world’s only peer-to-peer network exclusively for entrepreneurs having 14,000+ members across 61 countries. A total of 28 teams from 14 chapters of EO from across India participated in this year’s India Finals.