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The Entrepreneurs' Organization
(EO) is a global non-profit organization
Nonprofit organization is neither a legal nor technical definition but generally refers to an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals, rather than distributing them as profit or dividends...
, whose stated mission is to "Engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow." EO was formerly known as YEO (Young Entrepreneurs' Organization).
The YEO Founding Board of Directors originally included:
- Verne Harnish
Verne Harnish is an author, consultant and entrepreneur. He currently writes for Fortune, which is a service of CNN, Fortune and Money. Prior to that he was selected as one of "The Top Ten Minds In Small Business" by the magazine...
- Kevin Harrington
Kevin Harrington, is an American businessman and investor. He is the chairman and founder of and co-founder of OmniReliant Holdings, Inc. and is a pioneer in the infomercial industry. He has financed more than 500 direct TV marketing product launches with sales totaling over $4 billion...
(Quantum Marketing International, Home Shopping Network Direct
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- Ted Leonsis
Theodore John Leonsis is an Internet pioneer, sports team owner, venture capital investor, filmmaker, author and philanthropist. His early new media company, Redgate Communications was acquired by America Online in 1994, and Leonsis became a senior AOL executive for the next 13 years...
(Redgate Communications Corporation, America On-Line
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Additional EO Programs
The Entrepreneurs' Organization runs two additional programs: the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and the Accelerator Program.
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) is an awards program for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students who own and operate a business. The GSEA operates as an international series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university, who own a for-profit business, are principally responsible for its operation and have been generating revenue for a minimum of six consecutive months.
The Accelerator Program's mission is to empower those business owners with the tools needed to grow businesses to more than US$1 million in sales, and provide the skills necessary to make a better entrepreneur and leader. Accelerator provides similar membershop opportunities as EO to businesses that have not yet met the minimum membership requirements.