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7 October 2009

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Join Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Finals for Premier College Student Business Award to be Hosted at the Kauffman Foundation

Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 7, 2009) – The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier competition for undergraduate students running a business while still in school, announced today that it will hold its Global Finals during Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international celebration created for the same purpose – to inspire youth to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities. The GSEA is a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, the most influential community of entrepreneurs worldwide.

Thirty of the world’s most innovative young entrepreneurs – who juggle running successful businesses while earning their college degrees – will compete in the GSEA Global Finals, to be held at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO. The Kauffman Foundation is a sponsor of the GSEA and co-founder of the Week.

“We are thrilled to welcome the world’s newest generation of trailblazing business owners to the Global Entrepreneurship Week movement and to the Kauffman Foundation,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “Young innovators like the students competing in the GSEA are already creating game-changing companies that will become the conduit to future economic growth.”

“There is no better time to debut the world’s top student entrepreneur than during  Global Entrepreneurship Week” said Kevin Langley, EO global chairman elect elect and head of the GSEA initiative. “We look forward to facilitating an atmosphere where forward-thinking, innovative young entrepreneurs can get a sense of being fully embraced by a network of entrepreneurs, ranging from mentors and EO members, to sponsors and global business leaders, all of whom are pulling for their success.”
 
By the time regional finalists reach the Global Finals, they will have competed and won local, regional or virtual competitions. Thirty business owners will go head-to-head at the finals, answering tough questions about their businesses from a panel of elite judges. The overall winner will receive 150k in cash and prizes, including access to the Global EO Network and donated resources. More importantly, finalists will meet other student entrepreneurs from around the world, as well as Kauffman Foundation leadership, EO members and honored guests.

Regional finals competitions still to take place include:

1.    Germany – October 15
2.    Japan – October 15
3.    New Zealand – October 15
4.    South Africa – October 15
5.    Philippines – October 15
6.    Los Angeles: October 16
7.    Chicago: October 23
8.    Slovakia – October 25
9.    Seattle: October 26
10.    New York: November 2

For more information about the GSEA, visit /www.gsea.org. To learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com.

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 undergraduates who juggle a course load as a student and run their own businesses at the same time. 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 founding partner Mercedes Benz Financial and major foundations, including the NYSE Foundation the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence 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 global community that enriches members’ lives through direct peer-to-peer learning, connections to experts and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. EO is comprised of more than 7,000 members in 38 countries, with an average member age of 39 and average annual revenue of US$14.4 million. The organization is committed to building the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs. For more information, go to: www.eonetowork.org.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16 - 22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

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5 October 2009

Documentary of Inspiring Teen Entrepreneurs to Receive Worldwide Screenings During Global Entrepreneurship Week

‘Ten9Eight,’ the Latest Film by Award-winning Filmmaker Mary Mazzio, Chronicles the Life-Changing Power of Entrepreneurship for Youth

Boston, Mass. and Kansas City, Mo. – Oct. 5, 2009 -- A new documentary from award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio titled “Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon” will receive screenings around the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16 – 22, 2009. The Week is an international celebration involving thousands of organizations around the globe that will hold events to inspire, connect, mentor and engage young people and encourage them to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities.

“Ten9Eight” is a new documentary produced and directed by Mary Mazzio that captures the excitement of 35 teenage finalists from low-income communities who compete in a national business plan competition and learn to become entrepreneurs. In the process, they stay engaged in school and learn skills that profoundly change their lives and destinies. The film’s title is a reference to the fact that every nine seconds a teen drops out of a U.S. high school. The film’s message of the life-changing power of teaching entrepreneurship to youth is universal and especially timely as the world grapples with a global recession and its impact on job opportunities.

“‘Ten9Eight’ conveys the power of the entrepreneurial spirit while dispelling any notion that innovative thinking is restricted to privileged settings or large R&D labs,” said Carl J. Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a sponsor of the film and co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “These stories of personal and professional achievement serve as inspiration to all of us who believe economic development lies in the hands of the next generation of entrepreneurs. This is what Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about.”

“Ten9Eight” chronicles the stories of the teenage finalists who arrive in New York City for a grueling day of presentations in a national business plan competition organized by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). It reveals their talents, emotions, drive and ambitions as they make their presentations before some of the nation’s most prominent business leaders, including Arthur Blank, founder of The Home Depot; Tom Scott, co-founder of Nantucket Nectars; Ralph Schlosstein, co-founder of BlackRock; Wyc Grousbeck, owner of the Boston Celtics; and Kay Koplovitz, founder of USA Network. In doing so, the students discover that the competition has already made unimaginable dreams a reality that have truly changed their destinies.

The case of Rodney Walker, a finalist in the competition and the narrator of the film, is perhaps the best example. He was put into the foster care system at the age of five—along with his 10 brothers and sisters—and ended up essentially homeless on the streets of Chicago. Rather than joining his brothers in gangs or jail, Rodney was able to forge a better future for himself by participating in the NFTE program and learning how to start his own business. Today, he is on the Dean’s List at Morehouse College.

Special screenings will be held in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week events in Washington DC; Miami, with partner The Launch Pad at the University of Miami; Los Angeles, with partner Chapman University; and other locations to be announced.

“I’m delighted that ‘Ten9Eight’ will be shown around the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week,” said Mary Mazzio. “The message is a hopeful one during tough economic times. If this film inspires even one more child to stay in school and realize their dreams, then we have all won.”

For a list of screenings, visit www.ten9eight.com.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16-22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, MO, and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

About 50 Eggs
50 Eggs, Inc. is an independent film production company led by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. She has received a Gracie Award, a Women's Sports Foundation Journalism Award, the Myra Sadker Award, a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship and a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. Previous films include A Hero For Daisy, Apple Pie, Lemonade Stories and We Are BlackRock. (www.50eggs.com)

About The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
(NFTE) is an international nonprofit organization that provides entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low-income communities. Founded in 1987 by Steve Mariotti, a former New York City public school teacher, it originally began as a dropout prevention and academic performance improvement program for students who were at risk of failing or quitting school. Today, NFTE has grown into a comprehensive business education program in 21 states and 12 countries with more than 238,000 graduates and over 1,500 NFTE-certified entrepreneurship teachers.   


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22 September 2009

The First-Ever Global Cleantech Open Joins Global Entrepreneurship Week

Entrepreneurs from around the world can now compete for recognition and prizes. Held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Global Cleantech Open aims to encourage young people to pursue their cleantech ideas and opportunities by entering a cleantech ideas competition.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—September 22, 2009: With three successful annual business competitions under its belt, and the 2009 program well underway, the Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.com) is now setting its sights on the global stage by launching the Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition. Through a partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest U.S. foundation devoted to advancing entrepreneurship and innovation, the Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition is now a featured activity of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition aims to foster and highlight cleantech ‘big ideas’ from forward-thinking entrepreneurs around the world, and to accelerate the discovery and development of groundbreaking cleantech solutions by working at a grassroots level. More informal than the current Cleantech Open business plan competition, the Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition is open to entrants across the globe who are just getting started on innovative concepts for technologies, products, marketing campaigns or systems that will solve large-scale energy and environmental issues.

“Youth are the strongest advocates of environmental stewardship, and it’s their generation of entrepreneurs who will create the innovative clean technologies of the future,” said Lesa Mitchell, vice president of Advancing Innovations at the Kauffman Foundation. “We hope that launching the inaugural Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week will inspire young people to bring to light their ideas for environmentally sustainable technologies.”

“We believe that big ideas from innovative entrepreneurs will help solve many of today’s most pressing energy, environmental and economic problems,” said Rex Northen, executive director of the Cleantech Open. “We are thrilled to be working with the Kauffman Foundation to expand the reach of the Cleantech Open, and to stimulate the generation of great cleantech ideas on a global scale.”

To register for the competition, contestants can visit http://ideas.cleantechopen.com.


Competition details

The Global Cleantech Open launches today, with all entries due by the October 15, 2009 deadline. In November, winners from each participating country will meet for a face-off at a spectacular Awards Gala in San Francisco. Prizes, designed to jump-start the fledgling companies, are valued at $100,000 in services.


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About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16-22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

About The Cleantech Open
The Cleantech Open (www.cleantechopen.com) is the world’s largest clean tech business competition. It finds, funds, and fosters entrepreneurs with revolutionary ideas, technologies, and products that address today’s most urgent energy, climate, and economic challenges. Through its one-of-a-kind annual business competition and mentorship program, the Cleantech Open has helped hundreds of clean technology startups bring their breakthrough ideas to fruition since 2006, helping alumni contestants raise over $125m and making thousands of green collar jobs possible. In addition to the original competition held in California, the 2009 Cleantech Open was expanded to include two new regions: the Rocky Mountain region, including Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming; and the Pacific Northwest, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Cleantech entrepreneurs will compete for a total of more than $1 million in prizes. Fueled by a network of over 400 volunteers and sponsors, the Cleantech Open unites the public and private sectors in a shared vision for making America's clean tech sector a thriving economic engine. Past alumni successes include Adura Technologies, Cool Earth Solar, Enverity, Federspiel Controls, GreenVolts, GroundSource GeoThermal, Lucid Design Group, Mission Motors, and Syncromatics. For more information, visit www.cleantechopen.com, and follow @cleantechopen on Twitter.

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19 August 2009

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 Celebrates the Vital Role Entrepreneurs Play in Innovation, Job Creation and Economic Recovery

81 countries join worldwide effort to educate and inspire next generation of entrepreneurs Nov. 16 - 22

Washington, DC (Aug. 19, 2009) – This November, young people around the globe will get together to change the world. That’s when hundreds of organizations worldwide will be holding events to inspire, connect, mentor and engage young people and encourage them to pursue entrepreneurial ideas and opportunities. Global Entrepreneurship Week, the worldwide celebration of creativity and innovation, will be held Nov. 16 – 22, 2009.  

Co-founded in 2008 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and Make Your Mark, a business-led government-backed campaign in the United Kingdom, Global Entrepreneurship Week will connect young people through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and others will participate in a host of activities that include virtual and face-to-face events, large-scale competitions and intimate networking gatherings.

In 2009, the Week is estimated to exceed the 3 million people and 8,800 organizations around the globe that participated in the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week in 2008. Already, 81 countries have signed up.

“The world knows that entrepreneurship is the key to economic recovery, and the next generation of innovators holds that key,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “Now more than ever, we need to unleash the creativity and ingenuity of our youth by engaging them in the endless possibilities of entrepreneurship.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week Activities in the Works

In the United States, all 50 states are joining the global effort with more than 650 partners hosting events throughout the country. More than 200 universities and colleges are engaging students and celebrating entrepreneurship at their schools through a variety of Global Entrepreneurship Week activities and events.

While each participating organization can create its own unique event, the Week offers four activities, listed below, that organizations can easily adapt to host in their home markets. Each event comes with a customizable toolkit:

1.    Global Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition: This event series seeks the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Participating organizations can solicit business ideas from young entrepreneurs and hold local competitions throughout September and October. Local winners will participate in a national competition in San Francisco, where the top idea will receive at least $100,000 worth of startup services from seasoned experts in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

2.    Global Innovation Tournament: This “Apprentice-style” competition pits students around the world against one another with the goal of promoting innovation. The challenge begins by revealing a common, global problem as the focal point for contestants. Teams have eight days to execute an idea and create a three-minute video explaining their work, which is then posted on YouTube. During Global Entrepreneurship Week, area hosts will coordinate a panel of judges made up of local business and civic leaders who select a local winner. A separate panel of judges will then select a global winner from these local winners shortly after Global Entrepreneurship Week.

3.    NYSE Euronext Mentoring Madness: Mentoring Madness aims to inspire young entrepreneurs by learning from those at the top of their game. Local partners are encouraged to host their own mentoring events by inviting a local panel of successful entrepreneurs and incorporating the NYSE Euronext Web cast feed into their event, which will take place at the New York Stock Exchange.

4.    Speednetwork the Globe: This event brings together entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to unleash energy, share ideas and make connections—fast. Participants are given about five minutes to “speednetwork” with another person. When time is up, a whistle is blown and everyone has to find someone new to talk to. Discussions can be about anything, but this is an opportunity to pose your burning entrepreneurial questions to a variety of people and potentially find a collaborator or investor.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Supporters

Those supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week include well-known entrepreneurs, industry luminaries and influential political figures such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, California governor; Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; and Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer.

Organizations supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week include global sponsor NYSE Euronext; global partners Endeavor, Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA), Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), DECA, the Prince’s Youth Business International, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills, MIT Enterprise Forum, the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs and Youth Enterprise and Sustainability.

To view a complete list of participating countries and organizations, or to learn more about the Week, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16-22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

Make Your Mark
Make Your Mark is the campaign to give young people in the UK the confidence, skills and ambition to be enterprising - to have ideas and make them happen. Run by Enterprise Insight, which was founded by the four leading UK business membership organisations – the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. Thheir Director-Generals sit on our board, which is chaired by entrepreneur Peter Jones, from BBC’s Dragon’s Den. It is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and endorsed by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. www.makeyourmark.org.uk 

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6 March 2009

East Meets West for Grand Final of Global Enterprise Challenge

Young people from Central and South Asia to visit London for last round of Global Entrepreneurship Week contest

Thirty young people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan and Uzbekistan are visiting London next week to take part in the final of an international enterprise challenge run by the British Council to mark the first-ever Global Entrepreneurship Week last November. 

British Council CSA eventThe initiative, for 17 to 21-year-olds at vocational schools across Central and South Asia, was a partnership between the British Council’s Skills for Employability project in the region and the UK’s Make Your Mark enterprise campaign, co-founder of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Many of the young people involved are from remote towns and villages and some live in communities which are affected by war and political instability. In Nepal, for example, the competition ran during demonstrations in Kathmandu and students had to walk through anti-riot tear-gas to take part in the event.

Following last November’s regional contest, winning teams from each of the six countries are coming to the UK capital on 9 March for a three-day final at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the Southbank. For most this trip will be their first ever outside their countries. In London they will have the chance to meet and share ideas with some of the UK’s most promising young people as well as to network with entrepreneur-ambassadors for the Make Your Mark campaign. Over the three days they will be tasked with developing a product or service to tackle pollution in their home town or village and encouraged to think about the environmental impact of industry. A distinguished panel including entrepreneurs Tim Campbell, founder of the Bright Ideas Trust, and restaurateur Iqbal Wahhab, will judge their proposals on 11 March.

Martin Davidson, CEO of the British Council said: “Projects like this play a crucial role in giving young people the skills, knowledge and understanding to change their societies. Allowing our brightest and best entrepreneurs to make vital connections with their counterparts overseas can only benefit the UK."
 
Harry Rich, Chief Executive of the Make Your Mark campaign, said: “Enterprise activity empowers young people to be the drivers of change which will be key to the future of countries all over the world. This visit will bring real benefits to the UK by giving some of its brightest young people the chance to collaborate and exchange perspectives with their peers from other parts of the world. They may live thousands of miles apart but they share an important common goal – to use entrepreneurial ideas to change the world for the better.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 involved an estimated up to five million young people in thousands of events across 77 countries with the specific aim of developing enterprising ideas to tackle both international challenges, such as poverty and climate change, and more specific problems in local communities. The British Council-run enterprise competition in Central and South Asia involved thousands of young people and was based on the Make Your Mark Challenge, the world’s largest one-day enterprise competition, which has now been running successfully in UK schools and colleges for the last five years. The British Council is keen to involve industry sponsors and partners in their international enterprise work in future years.

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For more press information or to attend the final on 11 March please contact Ochuko Adekoya at Make Your Mark on 0207 7430 8028 or ochuko@makeyourmark.org.uk or James Rowe at the British Council Press Office on 020 7389 4939 or james.rowe@britishcouncil.org

While each participating organization can create its own unique event, the Week offers four activities, listed below, that organizations can easily adapt to host in their home markets. Each event comes with a customizable toolkit:

 

1.     Global Clean Tech Open Ideas Competition: This event series seeks the best clean technology ideas from around the world. Participating organizations can solicit business ideas from young entrepreneurs and hold local competitions throughout September and October. Local winners will participate in a national competition in San Francisco, where the top idea will receive at least $100,000 worth of startup services from seasoned experts in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

 

2.     Global Innovation Tournament: This “Apprentice-style” competition pits students around the world against one another with the goal of promoting innovation. The challenge begins by revealing a common, global problem as the focal point for contestants. Teams have eight days to execute an idea and create a three-minute video explaining their work, which is then posted on YouTube. During Global Entrepreneurship Week, area hosts will coordinate a panel of judges made up of local business and civic leaders who select a local winner. A separate panel of judges will then select a global winner from these local winners shortly after Global Entrepreneurship Week.

 

3.     NYSE Euronext Mentoring Madness: Mentoring Madness aims to inspire young entrepreneurs by learning from those at the top of their game. Local partners are encouraged to host their own mentoring events by inviting a local panel of successful entrepreneurs and incorporating the NYSE Euronext Web cast feed into their event, which will take place at the New York Stock Exchange.

 

4.     Speednetwork the Globe: This event brings together entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to unleash energy, share ideas and make connections—fast. Participants are given about five minutes to “speednetwork” with another person. When time is up, a whistle is blown and everyone has to find someone new to talk to. Discussions can be about anything, but this is an opportunity to pose your burning entrepreneurial questions to a variety of people and potentially find a collaborator or investor.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Week Supporters

 

Those supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week include well-known entrepreneurs, industry luminaries and influential political figures such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, California governor; Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; and Lord Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer.

 

Organizations supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week include global sponsor NYSE Euronext; global partners Endeavor, Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA), Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), DECA, the Prince’s Youth Business International, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills, MIT Enterprise Forum, the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs and Youth Enterprise and Sustainability.

 

To view a complete list of participating countries and organizations, or to learn more about the Week, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com.

 

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16-22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit unleashingideas.webjam.com, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

 

Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

 

Make Your Mark

Make Your Mark is the campaign to give young people in the UK the confidence, skills and ambition to be enterprising - to have ideas and make them happen. Run by Enterprise Insight, which was founded by the four leading UK business membership organisations – the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. Thheir Director-Generals sit on our board, which is chaired by entrepreneur Peter Jones, from BBC’s Dragon’s Den. It is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and endorsed by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. www.makeyourmark.org.uk 

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