Company: Uptown Cheapskate
School: University of Utah
Sloan opened the first Uptown Cheapskate location in Salt Lake City, Utah with her brother, Scott Sloan, in 2009. After just eight months in operation and turning a profit, Sloan franchised the trendy consignment store and has since expanded to 20 locations in 12 states. Sloan first won the EO Alchemy regional competition in Seattle before besting the top 30 international student entrepreneurs at Global Finals at the New York Stock Exchange on November 16th. Participating in the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA program has been a once in a lifetime experience,” said Chelsea Sloan, founder of Uptown Cheapskate and Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. “The networking, mentorship and training that I have received is priceless and winning the title pushes my passion for entrepreneurship even further.”
Company: Sheffield Farms
School: University of Manitoba
Brett Sheffield is a student at the University of Manitoba in Canada and founder of Sheffield Farms and Stay Fit Health Club. Sheffield Farms is a 1,700-acre grain farm in rural Manitoba, founded in 2008 utilizing the latest farming technology. Stay Fit Health Club is a 24-hour fitness center in its first year of operation. After winning the Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) competition, Sheffield advanced to the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s GSEA to take second place.
Company: April Store
School: Universidad Centro Americana
Sofia de Huguet, Universidad Centro Americana, El Salvador. Founder of April Store, a clothing store for true fashion lovers that helps young women in need. The IFC Award is given to a profitable, sustainable business creating job opportunities in developing countries.
School: Jagiellonian University
Natalia Maczek, founder of MISBEHAVE, MISBHV, a street wear clothing company based in Krakow Poland, was one of GSEA finalists 2013. MISHBV was founded by Natalia Maczek in April 2008 in the heart of former East Block as a one-off DIY t-shirt fashion line for a small circle of her closest friends – skaters, rapers, artists and models. Just a few collections later, MISBHV grew into a global brand with a unique aesthetic vocabulary worn by global superstars such as Rihanna, Cara Delevigne, Jourdan Dunn and Azealia Banks. Its collections are sold in a limited number of carefully selected retailers worldwide including: Browns Focus in London, Galleries Lafayette in Paris and I.T. in Hong Kong.
School: Brigham Young University
“Quinn, a Brigham Young University student, Shark Tank star and co-founder and CEO of FiberFix, will receive his share of $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services from the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) to help Quinn successfully continue on his entrepreneurial journey. In 2013, Quinn and his cousin Eric Child founded FiberFix, the heavy-duty repair tape that is 100x stronger than duct tape. They have been featured on Shark Tank, QVC and are already in more than 1,600 stores across the nation. “”Someone once told me, if you’re going to be anything in life, be passionate. Being a part of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards has surrounded me with some of the most talented, passionate people on the planet,”” said Spencer Quinn, co-founder and CEO, FiberFix. “”I am just so incredibly grateful for the support from EO and GSEA. I look forward to nurturing the many relationships I’ve made with the other students and members of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and to growing FiberFix over many years to come.”
School: Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado
“VAIZA is an accessory brand that works with artisans who have the same passion, discipline and compromise for work to give its consumers a bit of their cultural heritage through products that become art pieces, creating opportunities that become jobs for people with unique abilities to treat leather and textile design. The social commitment of Vaiza is to highlight each of its product’s excellence with which they are handmade by Salvadoran artisans, working hand in hand with the designer, seeking to create a work environment that involves the entire community to obtain products rich in textures, local materials and manufacturing processes.”