FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EO Columbus to Host a Regional Competition for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards – 5 Local Student Entrepreneurs Columbus, OH – January 14th, 2016 – The Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA) will host a Regional Competition on Thursday, January 14th at 3:00 PM at Ice Miller Law Firm. GSEA, a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), is the premier awards program for student entrepreneurs. GSEA provides students the opportunity to form lasting relationships with students and the VIP entrepreneur judges. Over the years, participating students have gone on to create thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue. Last year’s winner of the Columbus Regional competition, Daniel Goldberg, went on to win the U.S. National competition and compete in the Global finals. Eligible students are currently enrolled as an undergraduate student of a recognized college or university. Students need to be primarily responsible for the operation of a for-profit (revenue generating) business that has been operating for no less than six (6) consecutive months. Upon review of the applications, selected students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to present their business and entrepreneurial journey in front of a panel of entrepreneur judges. The winner of this competition will be awarded $10,000 in cash and prizes and be sent to compete at the U.S. competition in Miami, Florida on March 2-3. The winner of the Qualifying Competition will attend the GSEA Finals in Bangkok, Thailand to compete with the world’s top student entrepreneurs and have a chance to win over US$400,000 in cash and donated business services. This year’s competitors include: Claire Coder, Ohio State University Nugeen Aftab, Ohio State University Michael Ragsdale, University of Cincinnati PeeyushShrivastave, Ohio State University Allen White, Ohio State University About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards As the premier global competition for undergraduate students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) represents more than 1,700 of the prominent student entrepreneurs from more than 37 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time 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 Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA is generously supported by Thomas Franchise Solutions. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to and follow GSEA on Twitter at @EO_GSEA, like GSEA on Facebook at, and subscribe to GSEA on YouTube at About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global business network of more than 11,000 business owners in more than 150 chapters and 50 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. The organization’s vision is to build the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs, which aligns with its mission of supporting entrepreneurial education and engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow. The Entrepreneurs’ Organization also operates the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier award program for undergraduate students that own and run businesses while attending college or university; and Accelerator, a series of quarterly, high-impact learning events designed to provide top business owners with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to grow their businesses to more than US$1 million in annual revenue. Media Contact Jason Carpenter, Columbus Communications Chair 614-402-5024 [email protected] Kevin Stoller, Columbus GSEA Chair 614-572-3008 [email protected]

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