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October 05, 2009 18:06 ET

Documentary of Inspiring Teen Entrepreneurs to Receive Worldwide Screenings During Global Entrepreneurship Week

'Ten9Eight,' the Latest Film by Award-Winning Filmmaker Mary Mazzio, Chronicles the Life-Changing Power of Entrepreneurship for Youth

BOSTON, MA and KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - October 5, 2009) - A new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio titled "Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon" will receive screenings around the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16 - 22, 2009. The Week is an international celebration involving thousands of organizations around the globe that will hold events to inspire, connect, mentor and engage young people and encourage them to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.

"Ten9Eight" is a new documentary produced and directed by Mary Mazzio that captures the excitement of 35 teenage finalists from low-income communities who compete in a national business plan competition and learn to become entrepreneurs. In the process, they stay engaged in school and learn skills that profoundly change their lives and destinies. The film's title is a reference to the fact that every nine seconds a teen drops out of a U.S. high school. The film's message of the life-changing power of teaching entrepreneurship to youth is universal and especially timely as the world grapples with a global recession and its impact on job opportunities.

"'Ten9Eight' conveys the power of the entrepreneurial spirit while dispelling any notion that innovative thinking is restricted to privileged settings or large R&D labs," said Carl J. Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a sponsor of the film and co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week. "These stories of personal and professional achievement serve as inspiration to all of us who believe economic development lies in the hands of the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is what Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about."

"Ten9Eight" chronicles the stories of the teenage finalists who arrive in New York City for a grueling day of presentations in a national business plan competition organized by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). It reveals their talents, emotions, drive and ambitions as they make their presentations before some of the nation's most prominent business leaders, including Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot; Tom Scott, co-founder of Nantucket Nectars; Ralph Schlosstein, co-founder of BlackRock; Wyc Grousbeck, owner of the Boston Celtics; and Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network. In doing so, the students discover that the competition has already made unimaginable dreams a reality that have truly changed their destinies.

The case of Rodney Walker, a finalist in the competition and the narrator of the film, is perhaps the best example. He was put into the foster care system at the age of five -- along with his 10 brothers and sisters -- and ended up essentially homeless on the streets of Chicago. Rather than joining his brothers in gangs or jail, Rodney was able to forge a better future for himself by participating in the NFTE program and learning how to start his own business. Today, he is on the Dean's List at Morehouse College.

Special screenings will be held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week events in Washington DC; Miami, with partner The Launch Pad at the University of Miami; Los Angeles, with partner Chapman University; and other locations to be announced.

"I'm delighted that 'Ten9Eight' will be shown around the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week," said Mary Mazzio. "The message is a hopeful one during tough economic times. If this film inspires even one more child to stay in school and realize their dreams, then we have all won."

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About Global Entrepreneurship Week

With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16-22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About the Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, MO, and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

About 50 Eggs

50 Eggs, Inc. is an independent film production company led by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. She has received a Gracie Award, a Women's Sports Foundation Journalism Award, the Myra Sadker Award, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship and a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. Previous films include "A Hero For Daisy," "Apple Pie," "Lemonade Stories" and "We Are BlackRock." (

About The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

(NFTE) is an international nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. Founded in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former New York City public school teacher, it originally began as a dropout prevention and academic performance improvement program for students who were at risk of failing or quitting school. Today, NFTE has grown into a comprehensive business education program in 21 states and 12 countries with more than 238,000 graduates and over 1,500 NFTE-certified entrepreneurship teachers.

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