E-Team hosts fifth EIC, Entrepreneurship Evening at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Young entrepreneurs are showing that they mean business at The University of South Dakota with the Extraordinary Idea Competition and Entrepreneurship Evening at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at the Al Neuharth Media Center.

This is the Entrepreneurship Team’s (E-Team) fifth annual event to promote entrepreneurship within the community and to provide financial support for local business ventures. This year’s program features Matt Wilson, a young entrepreneur and co-founder of the Web site Under30CEO, and the presentation of the 2010 Extraordinary Idea Competition Awards.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. with a social followed by Wilson’s keynote address at 7 p.m., which includes an introduction from Mark Nelson of Maximum Promotions. Wilson is co-founder of Under30CEO, a Web site dedicated to providing young entrepreneurs with tools and resources needed to succeed. He has used social media to create online excitement for Under30CEO, landing the Web site on the homepage of BusinessWeek.com. Wilson graduated from Bryant University where he oversaw the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization rise as the world’s entrepreneurship organization. He also earned personal accolades as National Student leader of the Year.

Following Wilson’s address, Michael Keller, dean of the Beacom School of Business at USD, will announce the winners of the Extraordinary Idea Competition. Prize money for the competition has been sponsored by Miles Beacom, president and CEO of PREMIER Bankcard.

For more information about the E-Team, go to www.usd.edu/business/student-organizations.cfm. To find out more about the Entrepreneurship Evening and the Extraordinary Idea Competition, please contact event organizers Chris Brandt, E-Team president, at Christopher.Brandt@usd.edu or John Kreklow at (763) 670-8259 or e-mail John.Kreklow@usd.edu.

A photo of Matt is available for download at http://www.usd.edu/urelations/images/Matt_Wilson.jpg.