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.
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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.
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.
By Kent Bernhard, Jr., recently featured on Portfolio.com
They’re converging this week from around the globe, from Russia, from South Africa, and more than a dozen other countries.
For Kevin Langley, a veteran Louisiana entrepreneur, the 30 young people who have built businesses while students represent the the next wave of entrepreneurship. The student business people are descending on the New York Stock Exchange starting Thursday afternoon for an intense competition, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), run by the Entrepreneurs Organization, the group Langley leads as global chairman.