Two GSEA finalists answer the question, “What is the difference between a businessperson an an entrepreneur?” Eileen Phoan, an artist from Malaysia, and Mohammed Fawaz, who empowers students through accessible online learning platforms, highlight the difference between a career and a lifestyle. They culminate September’s theme of innovation within their respective fields. Here’s what they had to say:
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Each Wednesday in September, we spotlight innovation within GSEA. Today’s post highlights the talents and accomplishments of Lisa Xiang, Miss China and Founder of OIAM, a fashion-inspired company:
“The identity of Miss China offers me chances to meet talents from all fields. I learn a lot from their experience and their stories of starting their own business. So a vision came upon my mind: why don’t I start my own company?
At EO, we strive to support and educate student entrepreneurs as they develop their businesses. Our Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is the premier global competition for these students who actively run a business. But this is only one step in the process. These students are first mentored by EO member leaders, who develop relationships with those student entrepreneurs chosen at the local level. Derrick Jackson, GSEA Program Manager, says, “This is where students find a lot of value because they’re learning from experience entrepreneurs who’ve been in a position where they (the students) want to go.”
Ritesh Marwadi, GSEA finalist and owner of We Fear Silence, an event management company in Kathmandu, Nepal, shared the highlights of his GSEA experience:
From 18-22 July, hundreds of young entrepreneurs from around the world united in Sydney, Australia, to participate in the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit, an annual event that promotes youth entrepreneurship as a powerful driver of economic renewal, job creation, innovation and social change. The official communiqué of the Summit is the voice of nearly two million business owners, all of whom are recommending youth entrepreneurship as a dominating force for strong, sustainable and balanced growth.
Recognizing young entrepreneurship as a driver of positive change, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) invited select EO members, Accelerators and winners of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) to serve as U.S. delegates during the three-day Summit, with the support of EO Louisiana’s Kevin Langley, former EO Global Chairman and president of the U.S. delegation. While on site, EO’s delegates leveraged their experiences, best practices and strategic solutions to the benefit of other global entrepreneurs in attendance.
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For most college students, a busy day consists of cramming for an important exam and keeping your eyelids open during lectures. For Spencer Quinn, a Brigham Young University student and winner of the 2013 EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) Global Finals, a typical school day involves balancing homework with running a successful business. In this interview, the co-founder of FiberFix—a home-repair product that’s 100 times stronger than Duct tape—talks about the impact of GSEA, the value of EO mentorship and the future of his business.