Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Names Midwest Finalist
Washington University, St. Louis Student Take Green Path to Global Finals
Detroit, MI – September 28, 2012 – The Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier global competition for students who have founded and operate businesses while attending college or university, today announced that Sarah Haselkorn, Washington University, St. Louis student and founder of GreenBean, was the winner of the Thrive Midwestern Regional Competition. Haselkorn will now move on to the Global Finals to compete for $250,000 in cash and in-kind business services at the New York Stock Exchange in November to fuel the next phase of her company’s growth.
Sarah Haselkorn, founder of Green Bean and 2012 Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA Thrive regional winner said “I have had a passion for entrepreneurship since I began running a summer camp in the seventh grade out of a three-ring binder. This competition is an amazing opportunity for me to network with like-minded students and seasoned business veterans that will help me grow and develop as an entrepreneur.”
Haselkorn, a senior at Washington University, St. Louis majoring in Systems Science & Engineering, founded Green Bean as a junior in January 2011. The fast-casual, salad and wrap restaurant in the Central West End in St. Louis, MO. is “green” from the floor boards to the food. When converting the space into a 20-seat eatery, Green Bean salvaged all the wood from the previous business and recycled it throughout the space. All of the food, cutlery and dishes used in the restaurant are compostable or recyclable and all the ingredients are fresh and locally grown.
“EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is an incredible opportunity for new business leaders who want to push their development and take their business to the next level,” said Adam Robinson, founder of Hireology and sub-committee chair for the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA.
A program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards celebrates students who are defying the odds and taking the American dream into their own hands. Balancing final exams with fiscal year budgets out of their dorm rooms, each of the young CEOs participating in the competition have built revenue generating businesses during one of the toughest economies in a generation. The Thrive Midwestern Regional Competition brought four semi-finalists from across the Midwest to Detroit, where they presented their current businesses and future projections, as well as their personal passion for entrepreneurship. In addition to Green Bean, participating companies included a presentation and video design company, a provider of landscaping and auto services, and a developer of an Android-enabled Geiger Counter. Besting the competition, Haselkorn will face-off at the Global Finals. November 14-16 at the New York Stock Exchange for the title of Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year, from among the top 30 regional finalists competing from more than 42 countries around the world.
About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for undergraduate student business owners, 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 students who juggle a full course load 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 GSEA is generously supported by major foundations, including the NYSE Euronext Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and Peter Thomas. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to http://www.gsea.org.
About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a dynamic global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 42 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, the year 2012 marks EO’s 25th anniversary. With its transformative experiences and unparalleled peer network, EO transforms the lives of the entrepreneurs who transform the world. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Membership in one of EO’s 120 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 41 years old with annual revenues of US $17.3 million. For more information on EO, visit www.eonetwork.org or call +1.703.519.6700.