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Student entrepreneurs vie for shot at global title
(New York) Oct. 25, 2011 – Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier business competition for high school, college and graduate school students, announced that its Global Finals will again be a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW is a worldwide celebration of creativity, innovation and ingenuity designed to inspire entrepreneurial thinking and encourage entrepreneurs to launch new ventures. The GSEA finalists represent the growing youth entrepreneurship movement that will fuel future economies.
"The students who compete in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards are tomorrow's job creators," said Carl Schramm, president and chief executive officer of the Kauffman Foundation. "Year after year, we continue to be amazed at how these fulltime students have the capacity and ability to run revenue-generating companies."
Through local, national and global events, GEW spans 123 countries with more than 37,000 activities throughout the week. From Nov. 14 – 20, GEW will showcase how ideas can be turned into reality, and how entrepreneurs with varied backgrounds and experiences can create sustainable businesses that create and move markets. The GSEA students represent the early-stage entrepreneur, embarking on their first venture and rewriting the rules of their futures.
"The GSEA is focused on inspiring and strengthening the youth entrepreneur movement," said Kevin Langley, chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. "The lifecycle of an entrepreneur has no boundaries. In the spirit of GEW, we bring the global entrepreneur community together, and our students benefit by learning from and sharing their experiences with seasoned business owners."
The GSEA Global Finals will be held Nov. 17 – 19, 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange. The winner will receive $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services as well as one year of mentorship with RedBox founder Mike DeLazzer. For more information on the GSEA Global Finals, please visit www.gsea.org.
About The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for undergraduate student business owners, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners who are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who juggle a full course load while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The GSEA is generously supported by major foundations, including the NYSE Euronext Foundation the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Ernst & Young and the Be Great Organization. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to www.gsea.org.
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) – for entrepreneurs only – is a global community that enriches members' lives through direct peer-to-peer learning, connections to experts and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. EO is comprised of more than 8,000 members in 40 countries, with an average member age of 41 and average annual revenue of US$17.3 million. The organization is committed to building the world's most influential community of entrepreneurs. For more information, go to: www.eonetwork.org.