SOURCE: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

October 07, 2009 08:00 ET

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Join Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Finals for Premier College Student Business Award to Be Hosted at the Kauffman Foundation

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - October 7, 2009) - The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier competition for undergraduate students running a business while still in school, announced today that it will hold its Global Finals during Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration created for the same purpose -- to inspire youth to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities. The GSEA is a program of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, the most influential community of entrepreneurs worldwide.

Thirty of the world's most innovative young entrepreneurs -- who juggle running successful businesses while earning their college degrees -- will compete in the GSEA Global Finals, to be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO. The Kauffman Foundation is a sponsor of the GSEA and co-founder of the Week.

"We are thrilled to welcome the world's newest generation of trailblazing business owners to the Global Entrepreneurship Week movement and to the Kauffman Foundation," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. "Young innovators like the students competing in the GSEA are already creating game-changing companies that will become the conduit to future economic growth."

"There is no better time to debut the world's top student entrepreneur than during Global Entrepreneurship Week," said Kevin Langley, EO global chairman elect elect and head of the GSEA initiative. "We look forward to facilitating an atmosphere where forward-thinking, innovative young entrepreneurs can get a sense of being fully embraced by a network of entrepreneurs, ranging from mentors and EO members, to sponsors and global business leaders, all of whom are pulling for their success."

By the time regional finalists reach the Global Finals, they will have competed and won local, regional or virtual competitions. Thirty-six business owners will go head-to-head at the finals, answering tough questions about their businesses from a panel of elite judges. The overall winner will receive 150k in cash and prizes, including access to the Global EO Network and donated resources. More importantly, finalists will meet other student entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as Kauffman Foundation leadership, EO members and honored guests.

Regional finals competitions still to take place include:

1.   Germany - October 15
2.   Japan - October 15
3.   New Zealand - October 15
4.   South Africa - October 15
5.   Philippines - October 15
6.   Los Angeles: October 16
7.   Chicago: October 23
8.   Slovakia - October 25
9.   Seattle: October 26
10.  New York: November 2

For more information about the GSEA, visit http://www.gsea.org/. To learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit www.unleashingideas.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 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 www.gsea.org.

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 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: www.eonetwork.org.

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 www.unleashingideas.org, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About 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 www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

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