For Outstanding College Student Entrepreneurs, Cash Prizes and Awards Await

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - It's hard work to be a college student and run a business. Those who make a success at both those tasks deserve a special honor.

To that end, Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and its Department of Management will host the Fourth Annual New England Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards this spring. This competition, part of the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur Competition, is open to all New England undergraduates who own and run a business.

This spring, the New England winner will be awarded $2,000; the faculty member who nominates the winner will receive $500. The New England winner will advance to the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards competition, which will confer a top prize of $10,000 in the fall.

To apply, students must complete an application and submit brochures or other promotional materials, two letters of recommendation and a faculty nomination. The deadline is March 3.

Fostering entrepreneurship at the undergraduate level is the goal of WPI's Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards are organized by the Jefferson Smurfit Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Saint Louis University and sponsored by Edward Jones and Northwestern Mutual Financial Network. For more information or to receive an application, call Gina Betti at 508-831-5075 or e-mail ventureforum@wpi.edu.