Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Institute


Find Your Passion.

Change Your Life.

What Is Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Institute (GELI)  Program?

An high-touch in-person 1-2 week program for aspiring high school entrepreneurs

GELI programs are all led by professors who have taught at Harvard University, Stanford University, and National University of Singapore (NUS), serial entrepreneurs, VCs, and industry leaders

​Offered in San Francisco Bay Area, Shanghai, Chengdu, Bangkok, or Singapore​


Why Choose GELI Program?


Top GELI students earn recommendation letters from the mentors and teaching team

GELI students are paired with mentors based on their interests and preferences

GELI students write a Personal Business Plan to develop their career/ life strategy

GELI students learn how the startup eco-system works in Silicon Valley and connects to China and ASEAN

GELI students learn how to lead a team to start, pitch, and grow their ventures

GELI students join an alumni network of people from around the world. 

What GELI Alumni Say


Guy Kawasaki

Chief evangelist@ Canva, Brand ambassador @Mercedes-Benz

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"I have spoken at Tom’s classes for years, so I’ve seen the impact he has had on hundreds of students from all over the world. He has helped them truly understand the process of starting a company and has saved them countless hours and money because of his instruction. I am completely confident that GELI will be a great success, I strongly recommend that you work with Tom on this endeavor."


Elliott Ng

Director of Product Management, Content Creation & Search Tools @ Google

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"Before returning to Stanford to teach Global Entrepreneurial Marketing, Professor Tom Kosnik taught an earlier version of the class as a 2nd year Harvard Business School elective.  I was one of his students.  I was blessed to have many exceptional professors during my two year MBA at Harvard.  I can say without reservation that Professor Kosnik’s course was among the top 3 courses I took that influenced my future career direction and equipped me to be successful in that direction.  When I graduated, I co-founded an Internet startup and then took that company public on NASDAQ several years later.  The skills and mindset gained from Tom’s class were critical in surviving the ups and downs of venture-backed entrepreneurship.  Many years later, I served as a “group project mentor” for E145: Global Entrepreneurial Marketing offered in Stanford’s Management Science & Engineering program.  It was fun to see Tom in action and to work with his students from Stanford and the National University of Singapore (NUS).


As Tom embarks on his post-Stanford phase, I’m excited that he is making his course and curriculum available to a broader, and even more diverse and global group of students.  Here are some reasons why:


Mission-driven:  Tom has always conveyed a strong sense of personal mission — to build a network of global leaders, entrerpreneurs and altruists who are bringing good to the world.  Just as importantly, he pushes his students to develop their own sense of mission.  Many high performing kids lose their own inner voice for far too long as they go through the motions of academic achievement.  Many academically unmotivated kids find themselves unable to “jump through hoops” to do well in school — but traditional education fails to give them support in their “side projects” and the interests they have that don’t easily fit in a box.  I believe Tom’s process of pushing kids to be mission-driven can help kids start to propel themselves toward success in a more unique and authentic way.      


Pragmatic and useful in the real world:  A lot of academic subjects are not immediately useful to entrepreneurs and business managers.  For example, at HBS, I don’t recall a single other class I took other than Tom’s that emphasized the importance of selling and conveyed that selling is a learnable skill for everyone.  I recall Tom even had the class do some uncomfortable practice exercises selling to each other.  Tom has done other things as a business leader and entrepreneur in his career — and that’s helped his curriculum be more practical and useful.  The case method also helps put the learning into the context of a real-life situation.


Building purposeful relationships:  Building purposeful networks is embedded in Tom’s mission.  But he also encourages students with practical advice on how to best build valuable relationships with their peers and with mentors that can help accelerate their success in the future.  Most of us recognize the importance of “emotional intelligence” and the need to understand people, establish new relationships, and nurture existing ones.  Tom’s program will provide more opportunities for students to build emotional intelligence in ways that they otherwise wouldn’t in their typical academic program.


I’m grateful to Tom for his personal mentorship and the gifts he has given to so many talented students over the years. "

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Shirish Andhare

Head of India Product and Growth @ Uber

"Writing the Personal Business Plan is absolutely an awesome thing to do. I am class of 2000, one of the alum of IE269 course. Tom Kosnik opened our eyes and hearts and just showed us an entirely new universe."

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Victoria Wu

Chief Strategy Officer @ Rakuten USA

"Tom has been focused on helping his students and his clients to work effectively across the "triple chasms" of generation, gender and culture. Most people in today’s workforce face the challenge of how to best communicate, negotiate, innovate, sell, and lead diverse groups that include all genders, all ages, and different countries or ethnic groups. Tom has pioneered team teaching with female instructors in all of his courses at Stanford from 2005-2018. He also worked with and learns from strong, talented women in GELI and his venture capital firm. I took Tom’s class Global Entrepreneurial Marketing at Stanford when I was a master student in Management Science and Engineering. Tom guided me to write the Personal Business Plan. Tom’s patient mentoring, broad people network, and the Personal Business Plan exercise profoundly shaped my career and life."

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Ben Sun

Managing Partner @ Angels Aditum Global Advisor

"I have witnessed the rapid growth of GELI. Together we delivered multiple high-quality panel events and mentoring sessions in San Francisco for an audience of high school and young college students. I am deeply impressed by GELI founding team’s dedication to cultivate the next-generation entrepreneurs and equipping them with the right mentors, business and tech skills. Annabella Peng herself is a young aspiring entrepreneur who truly cares about the growth of younger generations."


Entrepreneurship, Career & Education Planning, Lifetime Mentorship

Building a Winning Team

Use world-class tools on a real-time,  real-world project with teammates from around the globe to build a winning team.

Global Entrepreneurial Leadership

Learn different leadership styles and how to adapt your style to lead across the triple chasm of generation, gender, and culture.

Personal Business Plan

Envision the life and career of your dreams and develop a personal business plan to acquire the resources and mentors to get there.
Learn how to start a global venture with your winning team by working with customers, brainstorming an innovation, recruiting great talents, and pitching to investors for funding.




Global Mentor



Customized Curated Content

Learn different leadership styles and how to adapt your style to lead across the triple chasm of generation, gender, and culture.

GELI Program at Three Inspiring Campuses



(Pan Asia)

In the 20th and 21st centuries, Asian countries have been leading sources of innovation and entrepreneurship. GELI teams up students from these cities and Silicon Valley to innovate across cultural chasms.

Palo Alto

The entrepreneurial community in Palo Alto began when Leland and Jane Stanford transformed their farm for race horses into a great university. 

San Francisco

San Francisco has been continuously innovated into 21st century, attracting amazing startups to settle here. GELI students will experience the entrepreneurial culture these great companies and thousands of startups have created.

GELI Panel Events


The Global Entrepreneurial  Leaders Institute

We encourage and support rising global leaders on the journey to pursue their passions and wildest dreams.

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