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Entrepreneurs' Organization Cleveland to Host 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Four Selected Student Finalists to Present on Thursday, January 26th at The Kent State University of Podiatric Medicine

Cleveland, OH, January 25, 2017 --( Entrepreneurs’ Organization Cleveland to Host Northeast Ohio Competition for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards January 26th.

Four Selected Student Finalists to Present at The Kent State University of Podiatric Medicine.

The Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA) will host a Qualifying Competition on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Kent State University School of Podiatric Medicine (6000 Rockside Woods Blvd N in Independence, Ohio) starting at 1:00 p.m. GSEA, a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), is the premier awards program for student entrepreneurs, providing students the opportunity to form lasting relationships with fellow enterprising students and the VIP judges. Over the years, participating students have gone on to create thousands of jobs and generate millions in revenue.

“Over the course of the past several years, the GSEA's have been responsible for launching and fostering the entrepreneurial efforts of many local students,” said Brain Sprafka, Chair of Cleveland’s GSEA Chapter. “We look forward to hearing the presentations from these enterprising individuals.”

As qualifying criteria for the program, the four student finalists are in currently enrolled in their undergraduate studies of a recognized college or university and have been primarily responsible for operating a business for no less than six consecutive months. The four presenting students are enrolled at Kent State University, The Ohio State University, and Cuyahoga Community College. The presentations will focus on their business efforts in emergency medicine, software, locally sourced food, and fashion with a philanthropic cause.

The winner of this competition will be sent to compete at the Qualifying Competition in Kansas City, MO on March 8-9, 2017 and will also receive business services and prizes totaling more than $20,000 from Brouse & McDowell, Compass Packaging, Licata Law, Northcoast Angel Fund/Todd Federman, Post-Up Stand, Sales Concepts Inc., Studiothink, and Technical Assurance, Inc.

The winner of the Qualifying Competition will attend the GSEA Finals in Frankfurt, Germany on April 27-29, 2017 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.

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 60 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, finally, follow EO_GSEA on Instagram.

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global business network of more than 12,000 business owners in more than 160 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 EO 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.

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