NYSE Euronext Announces Bell Ringers for The NYSE Big StartUp Competition

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New York, May 24, 2012 – NYSE Euronext (NYX), in collaboration with the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and The StartUp America Partnership is pleased to announce that the 10 finalists from the Facebook contest of The NYSE Bell Ringing Competition have been invited to ring The Closing Bell® on May 30th at the NYSE.  This competition was part of the NYSE Big StartUpSM, a nationwide jobs-growth initiative designed to connect young companies and entrepreneurs with corporate America. The following is a list of the finalists representing various cities across the United States:

“NYSE Euronext is proud to acknowledge the diligence, entrepreneurial spirit and innovative business concepts of these finalists,” said Marisa Ricciardi, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at NYSE Euronext. “These teams embody the innovation and creative thinking that truly turns great ideas into reality and help unlock future potential.  We are proud to have these entrepreneurs ring the NYSE Closing bell.”

"These NYSE Big Startup finalists represent the amazing innovation that is taking place in communities all across the United States," said Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership. "We're excited to collaborate with NYSE Euronext to provide young companies with access to the networks, partners and resources they need to grow."

“I would like to congratulate the finalists who competed in the NYSE Big StartUp Competition,” said Kevin Langley, Chairman of the Global Board at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization. “These entrepreneurs’ demonstrate the creativity and hard work that define a successful business owner, and they are all deserving of this honor. We are glad to be able to recognize these leading entrepreneurs for their accomplishments and look forward to watching them ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.”

The NYSE Big StartUp is unique in its comprehensive approach to promoting job growth through small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. The program helps to promote the increased demand for goods and services that growing companies need, while also mobilizing the corporate sector to contribute knowledge, expertise and funding where it can be critical to job creation.

For more information on the NYSE Big StartUp and how to engage with the partnership or to access a list of programs and events, please visit: www.nysebigstartup.com.

Check out The NYSE Big StartUp partnership video: http://youtu.be/XukU_PPMJwc

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About The Startup America Partnership
The Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in response to President Obama’s call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The Partnership is bringing together an alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are founding partners. American Airlines, American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., Microsoft and NYSE Euronext are sponsors. The Partnership will identify, measure and report on the effectiveness of cross-sector collaboration in support of entrepreneurial ventures and its effect on job creation and growth.  For more information on the Partnership, visit www.s.co  and follow us at www.twitter.com/startupamerica and www.facebook.com/startupamerica.

About NYSE Euronext
NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company's exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext's equities markets — the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca — represent one-third of the world’s equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world's second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.

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