SOURCE: Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

November 17, 2010 10:56 ET

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Announce Top Students Competing in 2010 Global Finals

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KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - November 17, 2010) - The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier competition for high school, undergraduate and graduate students running a business while still in school, today announced its list of the top student entrepreneurs in the world. Beginning today through November 19th, these "dorm room entrepreneurs" from 22 countries will compete at the 2010 GSEA Global Finals, produced by the Entrepreneurs' Organization and held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri. The GSEA are a featured event of both Global Entrepreneurship Week and EO24, a 24-hour celebration of innovation and knowledge sharing across 42 countries.

Besting more than 1500 competitors, the 33 finalists each run businesses ranging from $20,000 to $3M across a wide swath of industries including technology, social media, tourism, real estate, fashion, engineering, health, finance and many more. The 2010 GSEA winner will not only be crowned the world's top student entrepreneur, but will also receive $150,000 in cash and donated services as well as mentorship and access to the Entrepreneurs' Organization's global network. The competition and other EO learning events from around the globe will be streamed live at EO24 (http://bit.ly/brlCmx).

2010 GSEA FINALISTS
Name Country   Company   University
Catherine Cook USA   myYearbook.com   Georgetown University
Connor Hood USA   Elite CSS   Babson College
Juliette Brindak USA   Miss O and Friends   Washington University in St. Louis
Joe Davy USA   EvoApp   University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dinesh Wadhwani USA   ThinkLite   Babson College
Alex Goldstein USA   Badger Trips LLC   University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brian MacMillin USA   Outdoor Equipment Supplier   University of Rochester
Cole Stunkard USA   Delta Real Estate Portfolio   University of Nebraska-Omaha
Zach Ferres USA   Bounce Fire   Ohio Northern University
Brent Skoda USA   CollegeFittness.com   Texas Christian University
Brayden Olson USA   Novel, Inc.   Seattle University
Hong Ting Wong Singapore   2359 Media   National University of Singapore
Matti Niebelschütz Germany   MyParfuem GmbH   Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Hassan Hamdan Saudi Arabia   Optimal Technology Solutions   Modern Science and Arts University
Vineet Kumar India   Security Brigade   Sikkim Manipal University,Gangtok
Ludwick Marishane South Africa   Headboy Industries Inc   University of Cape Town
Armando Ortiz Mexico   CEAMC   Tecnológico de Monterrey
Daniel Gomez Mexico   Solben   Tecnológico de Monterrey
Linda Vydra Australia   Lydra   RMIT University
Ananda Piyankara Sri Lanka   Rich Rubber Company   American College of Higher Education Sri Lanka
Olusola Amusan Nigeria   Olusola Amusan Training Organisation   Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State
Peter Solej Slovakia   MIROIR   University of Matej Bel
Jason Oakley Canada   Recess Media, Inc.   Memorial University of New Foundland
Daniel Taylor United Kingdom   Yoonee.com   University of Birmingham
Milagro Gamboa Costa Rica   Instant tax Back   ULACIT
Rakkeun Kim South Korea   Creapple   Yonsei University
Paul Curran Puerto Rico   Bajo Cero   University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla
Tiina Jaatinen Finland   Hooked Design   Turku School of Economics
Andy McDonald New Zealand   Wetkiwi   Auckland University of Technology
Cade Zvavanjanja Zimbabwe   Gainful Information Security   University of Zimbabwe
Haitham Kaddoura United Arab Emirates   Unique Technologies FZC   The British University in Dubai
Cecil Nutakor Ghana   Equinox Intercom Limited   GIMPA - Greenhill College
Chu Zhu Sweden   StudentCompetitions.com   Royal Institute of Technology

The GSEA also introduced a roster of influential judges, selected based on their expertise and dedication to the cause of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. During the Global Finals, students will present their businesses to more than 20 judges in four categories including: The Entrepreneur, Business Fundamentals, Lessons Learned, and Growth and Future Plans.

"Each year the GSEA program grows by leaps and bounds. As more students pursue their entrepreneurial dreams, the established entrepreneurs who come to support them through GSEA become re-inspired in their own ventures by the sheer energy and passion of these students," said Kevin Langley, chairman elect, Entrepreneurs' Organization. "GSEA is a catalyst for the 'continuum of entrepreneurship', which will propel innovation, job creation and economic growth on a global scale."

For more information on the GSEA, its students, judges or to attend the Global Finals, please contact Susan Lindner at gsea@lotus-pr.com or visit www.gsea.org.

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 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 Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Ernst & Young and the Todd Thomas Foundation. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to www.gsea.org.

About EO
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) -- for entrepreneurs only -- is a dynamic global network of more than 7,500 business owners in 38 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Membership in one of EO's 116 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 40 years old with annual revenues of US$18.4 million. For more information on EO, visit www.eonetwork.org or call +1.703.519.6700.

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