October 30, 2009 11:38 ET

Media Alert: East Coast Students Battle It Out to Be Crowned Top Student Entrepreneur in the World

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards East Coast Finals Show How a New Generation of Students Are Rising Up to Transform Their Communities and Our Nation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 30, 2009) -


Global Student Entrepreneur Awards East Coast Regional Finals (, a program of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. The GSEA is the premier competition honoring undergraduate students who are running profitable businesses while still in school.


New York Stock Exchange, Card Room


Monday, Nov 2, 2009

11:00am Arrival

-- 1:15 - 5:30pm - Students present businesses to judges panel

-- 6:00 - 8:00pm - Cocktails, keynote and winner announcement at 6pm


This year's judges include a host of celebrities, CEO-Entrepreneurs and members of the NY Chapter of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, the most influential group of entrepreneurs in the City. Kevin Harrington (ABC's Shark Tank), Daymond John (founder of FUBU), Diana Taylor (former New York State Superintendent of Banks), Janice Ellig (Two-time author and named by BusinessWeek as "one of the world's most influential headhunters") as well as key members of the NY and national media will be judging the competition. The winner will go on to compete for $150,000 in cash and prizes at the Global Finals during Global Entrepreneurship Week at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO, on November 19th.


The East Coast Regional Finals will allow journalists to interact with past and current competitors who, as student entrepreneurs, are running profitable businesses while carrying a full course load of classes. Alex Early, a current NYU student entrepreneur, charters private jets when he's not studying for finals or in class.

With 1.2 billion people slated to enter the job market over the next 8 years to only 300 million jobs, GSEA entrepreneurs are taking their destiny into their own hands. In a state like New York, where as of September 2009, over 100,000 jobs have been lost, these young people are not only inspiring, but are helping to transform the business landscape of the State and the nation.

"GSEA changed my life, and my business," said Seth Flowerman, GSEA 2008 third place national winner. "In 2008, I thought about walking away from my business, but through the mentorship I received and the energy and determination I saw while participating in the GSEA, I refocused on my business and am set to join EO after more than tripling our revenue in 2009."

About the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

As the premier global competition for undergraduate students, 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 undergraduates who juggle a course load as a student and run their own businesses at the same time. 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 founding partner Mercedes Benz Financial and major foundations, including the NYSE Foundation the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence and the Todd Thomas Foundation. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to

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