Feb 17 2019 - Feb 22 2019

Experience Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and plan your future life and career through GELI Winter Program in Shanghai!

Envision Your Future Life and Career


Each GELI student writes a Personal Business Plan and career strategy paper under the guidance of a professional team of Stanford and Harvard Alumni who are in key leadership roles in companies large and small - venture capital firms and investment banks, big 4 accounting firms, strategy consulting firms, medical, legal, and accounting professions, and government organizations. 


Students will develop a personal “go-to-market strategy” that lays out a path for them to reach their academic, career, and life goals.


Based on the student’s career/ life interest, GELI will match each student with an industry thought leader as a mentor, and have the mentor review the Personal Business Plan and offer detailed feedback. Such reviews and comments will significantly boost the student’s college application or career advancement.

People Who Have Written the Personal Business Plan

These alumni have all written a Personal Business Plan when they were high school students, undergraduates, or graduate students.

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Chief evangelist @Canva, 

Brand ambassador @Mercedes-Benz


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Managing Partner @Angels Aditum Global Advisor


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Chief Operating Officer @Kobalt Music


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


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Chief Strategy Officer @Rakuten USA


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Co-Founder @System AI, Inc


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CEO @Mediasmart


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Head of India Product and Growth @Uber


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Venture Partner @Alsop Louie Partners


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Product Manager @Inventables


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Product Management @LinkedIn


Gear Up with the Startup Toolkit

GELI prepares students to be the next-generation CEOs and entrepreneurs. Students go through a thoughtfully designed curriculum with an entrepreneurship focus. They learn to leverage each of the 9 gears from Gear Up: Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan Your Path to Success and get lectured by the author of the book Dr.Tom Kosnik. They learn the “user-centric design” of the innovation. They practice the rules of thumb of evaluating and entering new markets. Most importantly, at the end of the program GELI students showcase their new-born ventures by pitching to a panel of serial entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley, Stanford and Harvard Business School lecturers, successful alumni from their schools, and venture investors from Silicon Valley and China. View the Winter Program calendar below!

Meet GELI Teaching Team


Tom Kosnik

Co-Founder of GELI

Partner at FoundersX Ventures, a VC firm focused on ventures using AI, big data, and cryptocurrencies to disrupt different industries


Consulting Professor at National University of Singapore

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Professor Kosnik was an adjunct Professor, at Stanford Department of MS&E from 1990-2018, taught Marketing at Harvard Business School from 1985-89, and launched HBS’s Entrepreneurial Marketing course in 1995-97. 


He is a co-author of a book with Lena Ramfelt,  Jonas Kjellberg (2014) Gear Up: Test Your Business Model Potential and Plan your Path to Success. 


Professor Kosnik serves on the Board of Advisors for the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), the National University of Singapore Entrepreneurship Association (NUSEA), Energy Crossroads Global, and Stanford Women in Business. He has served as advisor to numerous Global Business Plan competitions. He is also the Co-founder of Palau Global Entrepreneurial Marketing Competition and Palau Green Innovations Showcase.


Professor Konsik earned his BA in History and International Relations at Duke University in 1972. He holds an MBA from the University of Virginia (1977) and a Ph.D. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business (1986).

Charles (Chuck) Eesley

Prof. Eesley was selected in 2015 as an Inaugural Schulze Distinguished Professor. His National Science Foundation of China and Kauffman award supported research focuses on rethinking how the educational and policy environment shapes the economic and entrepreneurial impact of university alumni.


Prof. Eesley has been playing a growing role in national and international meetings on fostering high-tech entrepreneurship. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Strategic Management Journal.


He started his first company while earning a Bachelor's degree from Duke University in 2002.  Prof. Eesley previously was an entrepreneur, early employee (, board member/advisor (Blackbird - acquired by Etsy,, and investor (Flagship Ventures, Lux Capital).


He currently serves as an independent board director on public as well as private companies in online education and AI/Deep Learning. His research findings have been featured in outlets such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Smart Money, Stanford News, Wall Street Journal, SFGate, The Independent, (Bill Gates), Inc. magazine, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. His research has been published among in Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Research Policy, and Biological Psychiatry.

Before coming to Stanford, Professor Eesley completed his Ph.D. at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management in 2009 where he won BPS Division and Kauffman Dissertation Awards for his work on high-tech entrepreneurship in China.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University

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Founder of GELI

Annabella Peng


Annabella Peng is a serial entrepreneur in cross-border education, retail, and beauty and fashion. She is the founder and CEO of GELI, the Global Entrepreneurial Leaders Institute, in partnership with Google and many other local and global education and tech companies, connects 13-22 year-old rising leaders across Asia with life-long mentors in Silicon Valley and around the globe, helps them with career and life planning, guides them to land an internship or full-time job, and to naturally transition to their early careers after school. GELI provides these young leaders with encouragement and support so that they can pursue their passions and wildest dreams. 


Prior to GELI she founded, a savings community for free luxury beauty assisting female engineers and scientists to find their unique fashion and beauty styles. She is also the business owner of Charis Aphrodite & Co., an online affordable jewelry boutique. Both businesses are revenue positive. Annabella has participated and helped close multiple deals with fortune 500 companies during her consulting career at Deloitte. Annabella is a 2018 Fellow of Women Get Funded program. GELI and the founding team were featured in the 2018 US-China AI Summit.


Annabella was educated at the University of Texas at Austin, Georgetown University, and Stanford University. 

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Founder of Qing Yun Education Consultants

Henry Shen


Henry is a founder of Qing Yun Education Consultants. Qing Yun focused on guiding the scholarly development of Chinese students, matching them with American educational opportunities that will develop the core skills needed to become successful global citizens and leaders. By leveraging our knowledge and experience as graduates, parents, PTA members and counsellors, Qing Yun is committed to pilot you through each step of the application process for boarding schools and colleges, to helping the students reach their 21st century global potential.

Henry has over twenty years of experience in strategy, business development and marketing. Prior to Suremoov, Henry was the Chief Marketing Officer of General Electric for Greater China and Mongolia. Previously, he held executive positions at Motorola, the Boston Consulting Group and Monitor Group.

Henry earned his BA in Electrical Engineering and and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. He holds an MBA degree from New York University, Stern School of Business.

Winter Curriculum Calendar


Think For Your Career

Build Global Brand

Distribute Your Products


Evaluate Business Opportunities,

Test Business Model

Practice Leadership

Build Your Network

Reality Check

Social Entrepreneurship

You Will Master 10 Skills 

Prepare For the Professional Workplace 

GELI is all about practical education. Before and during the winter program, students will either start their own ventures applying knowledge learned from the startup toolkit, or they will work on real-world startup projects carefully sourced from GELI’s startup partners (see below). Students will “hire” and build a winning team to work on the project together and practice their entrepreneurial leadership which plays a huge role in the professional world. Furthermore, Every GELI class will have insights from one or two guest speakers who are thought leaders that are admired in your local city ecosystem and around the world. They might be professors from Stanford or Harvard. More likely they will be successful business leaders, engineers, scientists, doctors or lawyers whose ideas are trusted and used to create very successful businesses. Students can ask these speakers any questions about their future dream professions and how to get there!

GELI Startup Partners

The No.1 Startup Evaluation Platform

AI-Powered Mentorship& Employee Engagement

Invest in Companies in Women-led Markets

The Vault, Leading Full Stack Innovation System

Your Global Startup and Entrepreneurship Online TV Channel

Technology Development and Engineering with Founding Team from MIT and Stanford

Social Media Advertising Agency

Teen Insights and Feedback

Entrepreneurship Education Bootcamp for Students and Future Entrepreneurship

VC Focus on Robotics/ Drones, Edtech and Fintech


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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