Seth Goldman, the CEO of Honest Tea, recently spoke with EO at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals in Washington, D.C. As an entrepreneur, Seth has many passions, but it was his pursuit to see a more honest business environment that fueled the creation of Honest Tea, a bottled organic tea company. Quality products, sustainability, trust and honesty are just some of the company’s objectives to its ever-growing customer base that includes U.S. President Barack Obama. EO sat down with Seth to learn more about why he chose honesty to drive his company.
As the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) wrapped up the last day of its annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals, the final six participants presented their companies and products to a mesmerized audience. As the remaining student entrepreneurs presented their businesses, which ranged from furniture rentals to foldable sunglasses and learning programs, everyone in the crowd fed off of their passion, personalities and future growth plans.
It is Global Entrepreneurship Week, and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is sparking the nation’s capital with change, innovation and creativity by welcoming 42 students from 25 countries to Washington, D.C., USA, for their annual Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals. This three-day global competition features rising entrepreneurs from a variety of industries who have founded and continue to run profitable businesses, while pursuing their high school or college education.
GSEA participants will vie for the prestigious title of “Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year,” and have the chance to win a US$100,000 cash prize, donated business services, a one-year membership to EO’s Accelerator program and countless opportunities to connect with student entrepreneurs and industry leading professionals around the world.
The learning and networking continued in Buenos Aires as 425 EO members from 20+ countries engaged one another during innovative learn-arounds that emphasized family values and development; how to create hunger in emerging markets; and the founding principles behind “The Money Code.” In alignment with the EO Buenos Aires University learning program was a special spousal program that offered invaluable insights and best practices. Rounding out the festivities was a once-in-a-lifetime experience at a local estancia, where countless members in polo fashion watched a rousing polo match; heard from David Wagner, founder of Juut Salonspa and innovator behind the Daymaker movement; and dined on Argentine beef as guachos and folk dancers presented a local and historic flair. All in all, it was an inspiring and educational evening that highlighted the influence of entrepreneurship and the power of peer-to-peer engagement in business and beyond. Only in EO!
More than 450 leading entrepreneurs from 20+ countries united in beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina, to “tango with the unexpected” and discover new ways to engage during the 2013 EO Buenos Aires University, held 13-17 November. EO Global Chairman Rosemary Tan kick-started the event by touching on the power of entrepreneurship and the significance of engaging on a local, regional and global level.
By John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press Business Writer
Mark Winter has spent 20 years in Detroit-area public relations, and started his own integrated PR firm called Identity in 1998. Based in Bingham Farms, Identity works with dozens of clients across several fields, such as real estate, manufacturing, health care and professional services. With his business partner, Andrea Trapani, Mark offers traditional PR and media relations plus social media, creative services and brand identity consulting. He is also chapter president of EO Detroit, a community of 125 entrepreneurs with combined revenue of US$1.4 billion and 7,000 employees.
Entrepreneurs’ Organization representatives were excited to see so many member organizations at yesterday’s Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony. We’re so happy to have you as members and look forward to seeing you again today as the second day of the Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony begins.
Don’t forget to stop by the EO booth to chat with EO representatives!
Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) representatives are proud to attend this year’s Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony, where more than 330 of our member organizations have been awarded the prestigious honor of ranking as one of America’s fastest-growing privately held companies. We will not only attend the conference to greet our valued and cherished members, but we will also have a booth at this year’s conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at the National Harbor. So if you are attending this great, annual event, please stop by our booth, say hello and learn more about EO and our wonderful entrepreneurs!
The term “entrepreneurial life cycle” has taken on a new meaning thanks to the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) and Accelerator, EO programs designed to nurture and guide entrepreneurs into the EO family. Two entrepreneurs who recently took this path are Zak Dabbas and Ryan Unger, EO Chicago members and founders of mobile marketing firm Punchkick Interactive. In this interview, Zak talks about the power of EO’s emerging programs and the impact they had on their entrepreneurial journey.
Your first experience with EO was through GSEA. What inspired you both to join the program? ZD: When my business partner, Ryan, first learned about GSEA, he was very excited about the possibility of meeting entrepreneurs from around the world. For him, GSEA sounded like an amazing learning experience in a lot of different ways. It also sounded like a great opportunity to meet likeminded folk who shared the same passion to grow their businesses. I was also immediately hooked. I saw our participation in GSEA as a unique chance to explore new avenues for our business.
If the 2012 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals were any indication, the future of young entrepreneurship is bright. For the first time in GSEA’s history, the title of “Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year” went to a woman, Chelsea Sloan, a recent graduate of the University of Utah and the owner of , a retail clothing franchise that buys and sells new and like-new designer merchandise. In this interview, Chelsea talks about running a business while in school, her biggest lessons learned and GSEA’s influence.