President Dean Gagnon Selected to Judge Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Premier International Award for Student Business Owners To Cap Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kansas City, Missouri

November 15, 2009

VANCOUVER, BC – Dean Gagnon, Chief Evangelist and President, was today named to the prestigious Global Student Entrepreneur Awards' (GSEA) judging panel. The 2009 GSEA, held in Kansas City, Missouri, is the premier award for students that own and run a business while attending a college or university.

GSEA, an Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) program, has attracted top entrepreneurs from universities around the world since 1998. Gagnon, a board member of EO Vancouver, will assist in selecting the 2009 winner from among 30 of the world's regional finalists, in Kansas City, Missouri.

"At, we believe there is an entrepreneur in everyone, and this is an exciting chance to recognize the best and brightest student entrepreneurs in the world," said Gagnon. "I look forward to seeing how the next generation of small business owners are driving their success."

Hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, applicants are selected to compete against their peers by presenting their businesses to a panel of judges comprised of EO members, business luminaries and renowned national business journalists. The 2009 winner will receive $150,000 in cash and prizes, including access to EO's global network and thousands of dollars in donated business resources and services.

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About the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

As the premiere 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. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to

About the Entrepreneurs' Organization

The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) - for entrepreneurs only - is a dynamic global network of more than 7,300 business owners in 42 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, 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 116 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 40 years old with annual revenues of US$17.3 million. For more information, go to:

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