SOURCE: Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

April 23, 2009 16:22 ET

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Launches Regional Judging Today

Worldwide Competition Kicks Off in Atlantic City to Find Top Student Entrepreneur

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ--(Marketwire - April 23, 2009) - EO NERVE CONFERENCE -- The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is looking for the tri-state area's leading undergraduate student entrepreneurs to compete in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards for $150,000 in cash and donated prizes. Judging for preliminary entries for the regional awards is taking place at the EO Nerve Conference held today, April 23-25 at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) program recognizes the world's top undergraduate student entrepreneur who is juggling both the demands of a full course load while running a business. The deadline to apply for GSEA is June 30th, with live and virtual competitions taking place from April-September, culminating in the Global Finals in the fall of 2009. The Entrepreneurs' Organization, the world's most influential community of entrepreneurs, helps to run the competition and will have the local support of the EO-NY Chapter.

"Like computer icon and former EO member Michael Dell, who started his company in his college dorm room, these students have a passion for entrepreneurship," said Global Vice President Emerging Programs Dean Lindal of the Entrepreneurs' Organization. "Today, small businesses and entrepreneurs are leading the worldwide economic recovery, and GSEA is committed to recognizing their innovation, success and leadership to encourage more students to follow their dreams."

Over the past few years, numerous local undergraduates have competed for this prestigious award including Cornell University's Seth Flowerman, CEO of Career Explorations and Syracuse University's Jake Duneier, CEO of Wholesale Jewelry Liquidators. Today, students from around the East Coast will be presenting, including:

--  John Xie - Babson College - Cirtex Corp
--  Rahfeal Gordon - Montclair State University - RahGor Motivations and
--  Vipul Lakhi - Northeastern University - Ennovous Group
--  Jay Rodrigues - University of Pennsylvania - DormNoise
--  Neerav Soni - Rutgers University - Pathur A Reliable Stone Company
--  Vinnie Thomas - Virginia Tech - Affordabook

Advantages CEO Fran Biderman-Gross, an EO-NY member and GSEA judge, said, "When you have the chance to see the ingenuity, creativity and tenacity of these students, it reminds you why you became an entrepreneur. GSEA not only gives these students the recognition they deserve, but the competition opens them up to incredible opportunities for mentorship, networking and learning from EO that they would otherwise never have access to, and those connections last a lifetime."

Qualified student entrepreneurs must have been running a for-profit company for six months or more, be principally responsible for the company's operations and simultaneously attend a recognized college or university as an undergraduate during the nomination period. Successful applicants will present in front of a panel of EO members and local business representatives from the community. Interested students should go to to download the application.

About GSEA

For 20 years, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) program has recognized students who are successfully building businesses while pursuing academic degrees. The program, which is currently active in five countries, encourages students to pursue their passions while building the foundation for a solid economic future through regional and global cash awards competitions. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is the facilitator of the GSEA program. This connection allows student entrepreneurs to tap into the collective knowledge and experience of EO members, gaining access to global networks and to a community that understands passion, struggle, drive and success. For more information, go to:

About EO

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 7,000 members in 38 countries, with an average member age of 39 and an average annual revenue of US$14.4 million. The organization is committed to building the world's most influential community of entrepreneurs. For more information, go to:

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Fran Biderman-Gross
    Member of the GSEA committee
    Tel: (718) 820-0688


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