Saturday, May 29, 2010

Global Student Entrepreneur Awards

Reposted from (Note: there is also a high school version)

In 2010, for the second year, the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) will recognize a graduate student entrepreneur at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) annual Global Finals award ceremony.

The winning international graduate student entrepreneur will be flown to the 2010 GSEA Global Finals, receive a complimentary hotel stay and have the opportunity to present their business to an international panel of EO Members, student alumni, guests and media.

Graduate Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The student must be a graduate student at a recognized University or College for the 2009/2010 academic year and enrolled in school at the time of application.
  2. The student must be the owner, founder or controlling shareholder of their company and principally responsible for its operation.
  3. The student’s company must have been in business for at least the last six consecutive months, and the business must be a for-profit business.
  4. The student must have not been the GSEA winner in the past and/or were not one of the five finalists for the 2009 GSEA Global Finals competition.

Eligible graduate students who are interested in the award must submit the application form.

Click the link to download the application: Graduate Application Form

The submission deadline for the Graduate Award is 15 September 2010.

nce the submission deadline is over, the completed Graduate applications will be reviewed by a panel of EO Members and one international winner will be selected. 

Graduate Application Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Completeness. At time of review, the student entrepreneur submitted a signed letter from accountant or financials verifying business revenues;
  2. Application show student entrepreneurs' ability to overcome obstacles;
  3. Clarity of business mission and vision;
  4. Leadership;
  5. Innovation
Please send your completed application form to 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

John Heine Challenge - Intent to Compete Forms Due Monday 7 June

Intent to Compete Forms
Due Monday 7 June!
Do you have students with business ideas ready for pitching to investors?
Help them find their road to success by participating in Australia’s premier new venture competition.
Be recognised as a university that promotes innovation and entrepreneurship as part of their student programs.
Secure your university's place to compete in the John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge – submit an Intention to Compete form today.
Just follow these three simple steps and your university's place will be secured:
  1. Click on the link to the Intention to Compete Form
  2. Type in your details
  3. Select the 'Submit by Email' button at the top of the form
Submit your Intention to Compete Form today to give your students the opportunity to:
their new venture,
their business idea to potential investors,
with entrepreneurs and industry experts,
with graduate students from around Australia.
Submission of an Intention to Compete form does not commit your university to participate in the 2010 competition. Rather, it secures your university's place in the competition and assists the organisers in planning. The form is available here:
For further information about the Challenge, visit or contact Event Administrator, Julie-Anne Sully or 07-3138 8380.
Host University
Organising University
The John Heine Entrepreneurial Challenge
9 & 10 December 2010
The University of Adelaide, North Terrace Campus

Monday, May 24, 2010

Random Hack of Kindness - June 5-6

Come join Random Hacks of Kindness 5-6 June. Everyone welcome.

This will be a group effort, so bring your skills in website usability, knowledge of what happens in crises (fires, floods, hurricanes, ..), coding skills (if you got 'em), and your ideas and enthusiasm.

Venue: ASB Lounge, Level 6, Australian School of Business, UNSW, Kensington.

NYC Next Idea: Business competition (foreign ideas launched in NYC)

Here's an interesting twist on a business competition. Submission eligibility is that you are a (team of) student(s) at a non-US university, but interested in launching the business in NYC.

Details at:

Registration deadline: October 1, 2010 for finals in NYC in April 2011

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NSW Government Launches 2010 Australian Innovation Festival

Reposted from an email earlier last week. Sorry about the delay. The festival has already begun!!
The 2010 Australian Innovation Festival will feature over 600 events promoting innovation across the nation, Minister for State and Regional Development Ian Macdonald said today.

Mr Macdonald said the ninth annual festival, which was launched in Sydney today, runs 26 April to 30 May and will feature more than 200 events in NSW.
For more info, see:


Also advertised on their site are the Dupont Innovation Awards, officially opening in August 2010: