Zimbabwean student breaks into Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA)

KANSAS CITY, US -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). 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).

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2010 GSEA FINALISTS

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Name Country Company University

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Catherine Cook USA myYearbook.com Georgetown University

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Connor Hood USA Elite CSS Babson College

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Washington University in

Juliette Brindak USA Miss O and Friends St. Louis

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University of North

Joe Davy USA EvoApp Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Dinesh Wadhwani USA ThinkLite Babson College

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University of Wisconsin-

Alex Goldstein USA Badger Trips LLC Madison

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Outdoor Equipment

Brian MacMillin USA Supplier University of Rochester

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Delta Real Estate University of Nebraska-

Cole Stunkard USA Portfolio Omaha

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Zach Ferres USA Bounce Fire Ohio Northern University

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Texas Christian

Brent Skoda USA CollegeFittness.com University

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Brayden Olson USA Novel, Inc. Seattle University

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National University of

Hong Ting Wong Singapore 2359 Media Singapore

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Matti Humboldt-Universität zu

Niebelschütz Germany MyParfuem GmbH Berlin

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Optimal Technology Modern Science and Arts

Hassan Hamdan Saudi Arabia Solutions University

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Sikkim Manipal

Vineet Kumar India Security Brigade University,Gangtok

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Ludwick Headboy Industries

Marishane South Africa Inc University of Cape Town

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Armando Ortiz Mexico CEAMC Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Daniel Gomez Mexico Solben Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Linda Vydra Australia Lydra RMIT University

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American College of

Higher Education Sri

Ananda Piyankara Sri Lanka Rich Rubber Company Lanka

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Federal University of

Olusola Amusan Technology, Akure, Ondo

Olusola Amusan Nigeria Training Organisation State

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Peter Solej Slovakia MIROIR University of Matej Bel

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Memorial University of

Jason Oakley Canada Recess Media, Inc. New Foundland

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United

Daniel Taylor Kingdom Yoonee.com University of Birmingham

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Milagro Gamboa Costa Rica Instant tax Back ULACIT

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Rakkeun Kim South Korea Creapple Yonsei University

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University of Puerto

Paul Curran Puerto Rico Bajo Cero Rico at Aguadilla

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Turku School of

Tiina Jaatinen Finland Hooked Design Economics

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Auckland University of

Andy McDonald New Zealand Wetkiwi Technology

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Gainful Information

Cade Zvavanjanja Zimbabwe Security University of Zimbabwe

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United Arab Unique Technologies The British University

Haitham Kaddoura Emirates FZC in Dubai

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Equinox Intercom GIMPA – Greenhill

Cecil Nutakor Ghana Limited College

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StudentCompetitions.c Royal Institute of

Chu Zhu Sweden om Technology

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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.