ALEXANDRIA, VA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/09 -- The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier competition for undergraduate students running a business while still in school, today announced the top student entrepreneurs from around the world who are scheduled to compete at the 2009 GSEA Global Finals at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The students represent 18 countries and some of today's brightest, most innovative and forward-thinking individuals, laying the foundation for economic turnaround across the globe.
The GSEA also introduced a roster of influential judges. These individuals were selected based on their individual expertise and dedication to the cause of inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. During the Global Finals, students will present their businesses to these judges in four categories including: The Entrepreneur, Business Fundamentals, Lessons Learned, and Growth and Future Plans.
"I find returning as a judge to be invaluable. GSEA gave me the confidence, resources and network I needed to take my company to the next level," said Fraser Doherty, 2007 Global Winner, SuperJam. "Our world can truly be changed by the innovations of entrepreneurship and small business -- no matter the age of those behind the big ideas."
The 2009 GSEA winner will not only be crowned the world's top student entrepreneur, but will also receive $150,000 in cash and donated services such as: mentorship, office goods, legal services, access to the Entrepreneurs' Organization's global network and more.
"This year, we've expanded to 27 countries and have seen an unprecedented amount of quality nominations," said Kevin Langley, Chairman Elect-Elect EO Global. "These finalists represent the future of entrepreneurship and job innovation and the GSEA's goal -- along with the Entrepreneurs' Organization -- is to provide them with the platform to execute on their already visible natural abilities."
All 2009 GSEA finalists and participating final round judges are listed below. For more information on the GSEA or to attend the Global Finals, please contact Jessica Fletcher at [email protected] or visit www.gsea.org.
2009 GSEA FINALISTS Name Country Company Milan Tesovic Canada MetroLeap Media Inc. Arvid Morin Sweden Ung Omsorg Gabriel de Jesus-Ruiz Puerto Rico Popeye's Supermarket John Xie USA Cirtex Corp. Jamie Xuereb Australia Mediapoint Pty Ltd. Nakul Jamadagni India Vita Beans Neural Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Kieran O'Callaghan Ireland Vision Research Enterprises Gundeep Hora USA iTechMedia Inc. Chelsea Eubank USA Faithful Fish Lawrence Kim Singapore Ebenezer NDT Services Taeyong Kim South Korea BikeMax Cong Yue China Dianyi Media Maria Mahdaly Saudi Arabia Fainak Carlos Camacho Mexico Bamboorganic David Alexander Indonesia Milksoup Apparel Indonesia CV Munyaradzi Shadaya Zimbabwe Impetus Global Tom Cohen United Kingdom Yuza Mobile Michal Kacmar Slovakia Metallin-atelier Kovu Obedient Tshabalala South Africa Pamko Trading Michael Bruck Germany Chocri Jonathon Nostrant USA Moshi Craig Martyn USA BLMA Models Ben Frein USA E-Holdings, LLC Michael Jurken USA Majic Enterprises, Inc Julie Thatcher USA The Southeast Waffle Company Brayden Olson USA Novel Interactive Brent Skoda USA CollegeFitness.com Chris Jacobs USA Emergent Energy Group Inc. Rich Littlehale USA YouRenew.com Jonathan Manzi USA Vintage Network, LLC 2009 FINAL ROUND JUDGES Name Company Peter H. Thomas Century 21, LifePilot Don Tapia Esscous Inc. Jon Swartz USA Today Technology Reporter Matt Steward National Services Group Peter Schmidt Automatika Ltd. Jeff Sandefer Acton School of Business Maria Pinelli Ernst & Young Michael O'Brian Pitfield Mackay Ross, CanaccordCapital Corporation, C.M. Oliver & Company Limited (C.M. Oliver Inc.) Alfredo J. Molina Molina Fine Jewelers Riaz Mamdani The Strategic Group Robert Kulhawy Calco Environmental Group Ltd., Commerx John Katzman Princeton Review Joel Holland Footage Firm Larry J. Haynes Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Adam Gries Social Dynamics, Social Expeditions David Galbenski Lumen Legal Bo Fishback Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Tony Falkenstein Just Water International Limited, Bartercard New Zealand Limited Fraser Doherty 2007 Winner, SuperJam George Dalton Fiserv, Inc. Catherine Crier Cajole Productions, CNN, State Judge (Texas), ABC News, 20/20, Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism Peter Ciceri Custom House Global Foreign Exchange Darton Case DartAppraisal.com Howard Brodsky CCA Global Partners Adam Brotman Starbucks
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 the Entrepreneurs' Organization
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) -- for entrepreneurs only -- is a dynamic global network of more than 7,300 business owners in 42 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$17.3 million. For more information on EO, visit www.eonetwork.org or call +1.703.519.6700.
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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