SESSY Award 2020 : deadline January 31st 2020 | YET

DEADLINE : January 31st 2020 / Awards Ceremony : February 20st 2020

Student Entrepreneur & Student Startup of the Year 2020

As the first and only truly national award of its kind, SESSY celebrates students who are building and leading successful entrepreneurial projects.
Organized by UStart Belgium, in partnership with BNP Paribas FortisSBBXerius and Pitchdrive.

A growing trend : the rise of student entrepreneurship

Drivent by a desire to find personal fulfillment along with a paycheck, and by a sour economy that makes traditional employment seem just as risky as starting a business, members of the so-called millennial generation are increasingly forgoing traditional career paths and are hatching business plans based on social responsibility and their own passions, interests and ideals.

A national ceremony : the celebration of the leaders of tomorrow

The SESSY national ceremony aims to enhance the awareness of the Belgian student entrepreneurs on a national and international level, while giving them the chance to share their ideas and vision of the world of tomorrow.
Furthermore, our event is also an unmissable networking opportunity to enjoy a walking dinner with the Belgian student entrepreneurship clubs and to meet renowned entrepreneurs as well as potential investors, advisors and personalities from the world of politics, economics and industry.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year

An admirable trajectory and a bright future

The Student Entrepeneur Of The Year Award (SEY) will be awarded to the student with the most admirable trajectory in making a notable impact in the entrepreneurial world, all the while working on getting their degree. This way, we can acknowledge and congratulate them on their amazing mindset and ambition, and tell their story to a truly national audience.

Student Startup of the Year

Recognizing and helping an impactful project

The Student Startup of the Year Award (SSY), is a prize awarded to the most promising, innovative and/or successful Student Startup, to provide a platform to unveil their vision to a large and influential entrepeneurial adience, and to give it a lasting structural boost in realizing their mission. To this end the winner of the SSY Award will be awarded with a €5.000 cash price provided by BNP Parisbas Fortis! And moreover, there will be a scala of other services made available for the Finalists and winners.

Eligibility Criteria

To be able to apply for the 2020 SSY Award, or be nominated for the SEY Award :

  • You must currently be enrolled or have been enrolled as an (under)graduate student in a university/college in the academic year 2018-2019. Full-time enrollment is not required; part-time enrollment is acceptable.
  • You must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of your startup and principally responsible for its operation. Each startup can be represented by only one owner/co-founder.
  • Your startup must have been officially founded while you were enrolled as a student, and in the year 2019 or earlier.
  • Your business must have generated at least €500 or received €1000 in investment at the time of application.
  • You must not have been one of the finalists of any of the previous editions of the SESSY Awards.
  • The age cap for participation is 30 years of age.


The online registration for the SSY Award is open now : Apply here

More information about the competition : click here