Toronto Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization to Host Canadian Finals Competition for Local, Leading Student Entrepreneurs
Toronto, Canada (4 February 2015) – The Toronto chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global network of more than 10,000 business owners in 46 countries, will host the Canadian National Finals competition of EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) on 4 February, 2015. The Canadian winner of this student entrepreneurship competition will be awarded cash, in-kind business consultancy services and the opportunity to participate in the EO GSEA Global Finals competition in Washington, D.C., USA, in April. The winner of the EO Global Finals competition will receive US$20,000 and the title of “Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.”
“It is a great honor to have the city of Toronto play host to the first Canadian finals in EO GSEA history,” said Blair Assaly, Global Chairman of EO and a member of EO Edmonton. “All of these students have reached this final stage because they embody a true entrepreneurial spirit and drive. As an entrepreneur and Canadian, I am proud that one winner from our region will compete in the EO GSEA Global Finals in April.”
The competition, which is taking place at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto, will feature six student entrepreneurs who will present their business ventures to a highly-touted panel of judges, including renowned entrepreneurs Bruce Croxon (Co-Founder, Lavalife) and Peter Thomas (Founder, Century 21 Real Estate Canada Ltd.). The students featured in the GSEA competition are:
- 1. Zach Wolff (Winnipeg), CEO/Exigence Technologies (http://exigencetechnologies.com/), Asper Business School;
- 2. Derek Kucki (Calgary), CEO/ TLink (http://golftlink.com/), Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Mount Royal University;
- 3. Michael Tessier (Edmonton), CEO/Good Roots Landscaping, Inc. (http://thegoodroots.com/), University of Alberta School of Business;
- 4. Will Yin (Toronto), CEO/Scent Trunk (https://scenttrunk.com/), Queens University;
- 5. Daniel Doubis (Vancouver), CEO/ShareShed (http://shareshed.ca/), Capilano University;
- 6. Brendan McAndrew, CEO/White Pine Bicycle Company (http://www.whitepinefixies.com/), University of Manitoba;
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The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 10,000 influential business owners with 144 chapters in 46 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.
About the Entrepreneurs' Organization's Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA) represents more than 1,700 leading student entrepreneurs from more than 32 countries. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, EO GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. Since 1998, EO 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. EO took on leadership of the EO 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. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, visit gsea.org. You can also join the conversation on Facebook and follow EO GSEA on Twitter at @EO_GSEA.