UW News

February 25, 2010

Media Advisory: UW hosts student entrepreneurs in global competition to address issues of poverty and global health

WHAT:           The 6th annual Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition, in which student teams from around the globe pitch business solutions to issues of poverty in the developing world. Prize money totaling $18,000 is on the line.  Business ideas range from pedal-powered lighting solutions in Africa to oral saline (made from cassava) that addresses water-borne diseases in Bangladesh.


WHO:              Student teams from Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, Rwanda and the U.S., including three teams from UW.


WHEN:           March 2–4


                        Two events may be of particular interest to media:


·         A “trade show” where teams will set up displays and pitch their ideas to mock investors and the general public, 4 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, Husky Union Building East Ballroom.


·         The awards banquet featuring keynote speaker Bill Gates, Sr., and the announcement of the winning teams, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, Grand Hyatt Hotel, 721 Pine St.                 

                         A full schedule of events, including locations and times, can be found at: http://foster.washington.edu/gsec/schedule.shtml.