2009 New Jersey Student Entrepreneur Competition Launched for Undergraduate Students at New Jersey Colleges and Universities

Madison, NJ (February 27, 2009) – Fairleigh Dickinson University’s top-ranked Rothman Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies announces that applications for the 2009 New Jersey Student Entrepreneur Awards are now available. Since 1998, students from across the state have competed each year for prizes and the final awards are presented at a ceremony at Fairleigh Dickinson’s College at Florham.

James C. Barrood, director of the Institute, said “It is important for schools to encourage and recognize entrepreneurial students who pursue business ventures because it is these innovative small and growing businesses that are generally responsible for much of the job creation nationwide.”

Each year, the judges need to consider a wide variety of aspects related to each student’s business. These criteria include: the student’s entrepreneurial spirit, obstacles the student overcame, the success of the business measured in financial success and market share, the student’s concern for quality and customer service and the estimated potential for the future success of the respective business.

Last year’s winners included Seth Pribatsch from Princeton University for his business PostcardTech, LLC, Daniel Jamet from Rider University for Garden Artisans, LLC, Bernard G Pridy (Guy), Rowan University, for Carbon Neutral Now, LLC and Vincent Padalino from Rider University for Vestiwear LLC.

The deadline for applications is April 6, 2009. This program is affiliated with the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards competition presented by Mercedes-Benz Financial and produced by Entrepreneurs’ Organization. The total prize package for the 2009 GSEA is over $100,000 in cash and business products and services donated by Entrepreneurs’ Organization members. Additional prize money is being awarded for New Jersey students. State sponsors include the Edison Venture Fund and the Silberman College of Business.

For more information and to download an application, please visit Awards Program.

For Immediate Release

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