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GSEA featured in Inc.com – 5 Ways Business Competitions Fuel Young Entrepreneurs

We asked student entrepreneurs to share their experiences in business competitions, and why they feel competing can be valuable. Each student is a Global Finalist for the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA), a global competition run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO).

1. Unite Entrepreneurs

“Business competitions are vital to the entrepreneurial ecosystem. I have met dozens of entrepreneurs from all over, and interacted with peers from Taiwan, Korea, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. The melting pot of ideas is the lifeblood of an entrepreneur who wishes to avoid stagnation. This aspect is precisely what I have experienced as I’ve interacted with experienced business owners and investors. They can provide invaluable support or guidance. As entrepreneurship is truly a lonely journey, it is our peers who understand the rigors the most.”

Kevin Ng
Founder and CEO, Hyron Infotech Pte Ltd

2. Inspire Others

“Business competitions have become very important to me, as I have always perceived them to be dynamic platforms that present extraordinary opportunities for business owners to present the very best of their companies to the world. Of course, this opens doors to gaining positive exposure, and gives a unique edge for innovatively collaborating with fellow business owners. During presentations, current entrepreneurs exhibit their strongest points in front of a broad audience, and it can encourage prospective counterparts to finally take that initiative and realize that the world is at their fingertips!”

Mohammed Fawaz
Managing Director, Global Tutor

3. Discover Personal Motivation

“As an athlete and entrepreneur, I relate skills I’ve learned through sports into my business career, including leadership and team-building. The competitiveness of sports has motivated me to compete in the business world. As such, business competitions are a great way to bring together great companies and grow the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Even by simply attending business competitions, you are able to make new connections and see how other entrepreneurs operate their own companies. I have been a finalist in several entrepreneurial programs and competitions. They always push me to become a better entrepreneur, and motivate other young businesspeople to achieve their goals.”

Alex Maclean
Founder and CEO, East Coast Lifestyle

4. View Alternate Perspectives

“I started my first formal business in Zimbabwe when I was 17 years old. From the onset, I found it was critical to acquire knowledge from diverse sources and advisers. As I crossed the local and international boundaries, I realized that there can be many different perspectives about your business from others in various fields. To that end, business competitions are essential because they provide an opportunity for one to be exposed to a variety of judges who have these varying backgrounds and knowledge. You don’t need to win because the feedback you receive is priceless.”

Samuelle Dimairho
Managing Director, Aura Group (Pvt) Ltd

5. Recruit Talent

“This is similar to networking, where you’d like to meet as many people as possible. From pitching my business, I have met people who have ended up working for me, joined my team, or who helped me grow my business. At these competitions, there are other talented entrepreneurs, so if you can meet a lot of them and hear what they do, maybe you can see how you would fit together. I have worked with so many people from these competitions, and I would not have known of their services prior to the pitch.”

Daniel Goldberg
COO, Diamond MMA

Read original article here.

Advantages Wins Prestigious Awards for Digitial & Print Production

AVA LogoLast week, Emerging Media announced Advantages‘ Silver win at the 2015 Suppliers Achievement Award Competition sponsored by Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and also its Platinum win at the 2015 AVA Digital Awards competition evaluated by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals’ (AMCP) judges.

Winners of PPAI Suppliers Achievement Award are honored for their superiority in craftsmanship, engineering, ingenuity, creativity, graphic arts, and service. A panel of industry professionals along with independent print, marketing and advertising experts selected the 2015 winners. Advantages took home the Silver Award for its work with Amplify Learning, a New York-based division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Amplify creates products that are leading the way in data-driven instruction and breaking new ground in mobile learning, while setting the standard for next-generation digital curriculum and assessment. Advantages developed a set of three box kits to house an interactive learning program on Tom Sawyer, Edgar Allan Poe, and Frederick Douglass in alignment with Common Core Curriculum requirements across the country.

AVA Digital’s Platinum Award winners are recognized for their excellence in quality, creativity, and resourcefulness. Advantages received the highest recognition for its work on the website redesign of Emerging Media, an award-winning branding, PR, marketing and social media agency for innovative and disruptive companies. There were approximately 2,500 entries from the United States and 17 other countries in the 2015 AVA Digital Awards competition.

“I couldn’t be prouder of the Advantages team,” said Fran Biderman-Gross, CEO of Advantages. “Winning these two prestigious awards within weeks of each other is amazing, and we are honored to be recognized by such respected organizations. Our work with Emerging Media and Amplify is just a taste of what’s to come for us in 2015.”

See full press release here.

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6 Tips for Finding the Right Work-Life Balance

GSEA featured in Inc. Magazine Online: “6 Tips for Finding the Right Work-Life Balance”

A student entrepreneur shows how you can maintain a healthy balance between work and personal life.

 By: Entrepreneurs’ Organization

Daniel Lev Goldberg, a student at Syracuse University, is the co-founder and COO of Diamond MMA. Daniel has competed in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a competition run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), which supports student entrepreneurs and takes their businesses to the next level through mentorship, recognition, and networking.

 Being a student entrepreneur is not easy. Towards the end of my junior year, I actually had a bit of a breakdown. I was just about to get to work when I began to have an anxiety attack and felt I could not breathe. It was no surprise that nothing was actually wrong with me–I was just stressed out.

I knew I needed to make some serious changes going forward. I changed up my routine drastically and by doing so, I feel more awake, alert, and sharper than ever. In fact, this is by far the best year for my business. Here’s what I discovered:

  1. Know how much sleep you need.It is important to get the sleep you need each day so you can be super sharp when upon waking up. If you need 10 hours of sleep, take it. Studies have shown that individuals who are well rested will always perform better than individuals who are exhausted.
  2. It’s not how much you work, but how effective you are. When I go to work, I stick to my plan, send the emails I need to send, make the calls I need to make and get on to the next task. It’s about being effective with the limited hours we have each day.
  3. Meditate and work out daily. This year, I began working out every morning. Working out first thing in the morning helps wake my body and mind up and gets me ready for a busy day. Also, meditating for just five minutes helps me to clear my mind, and envision where I want to be down the road.
  4. Schedule your day the night before. Before I go to sleep, I know when I will wake up, what meetings I have, the work I need to accomplish the next day, and even when I will grab lunch and dinner. This has really helped me not waste time or get distracted. It keeps me very focused on accomplishing everything ahead.
  5. Take time off. When you are feeling burnt out, don’t be scared to take some time off. I set out a few hours or even one day each week to just hang out with friends and catch up with family. This day of rest keeps me refreshed for the busy week ahead.
  6. Sacrifice when it counts. You may have a big business competition and a big test coming up the same week. I always put business first as I know down the road it has the bigger reward and impact. Ultimately, sacrifices will have to be made. Just know what you are willing to give up.

It can be extremely hard to balance personal time, schoolwork, a social life, and a business. More than anything, taking care of yourself is the most important priority. Your health and your mind are your biggest assets. Make sure you sleep well, eat right, and get enough rest because without your well-being, you will never be able to achieve anything.