The Idea Center at Miami Dade College Partners with EO-SOFLO to Present Global Students Entrepreneur Awards

South Florida Student Entrepreneurs Eligible in $50,000 Global Competition

Miami, Oct. 1, 2018 The Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC) and the South Florida chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO-SOFLO) are joining together once again in a call for local entries in the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). GSEA is a renowned competition in which college students from 50 countries vie for a total of more than $50,000 in combined prize money and services.

“We are excited to partner again for the third time with EO to bring this great opportunity to MDC students who have launched their entrepreneurial ventures,” said Romi Bhatia, Executive Director of The Idea Center at MDC.

This will be the third partnership between the Idea Center at MDC since 2015.  During the 2016 competition, four MDC students participated. The winner of the national competition will attend the Global Final Competition, April 10-12, 2019 in Macau, China.

“The ambition and drive of these young CEOs is so impressive,” said Mark Sanna, GSEA chairman and past president of EO-SOFLO. “We’re very proud to welcome their energy to the city and to serve as the host chapter of this competition.”

Eligibility requirements, entry forms and other details can be found at

To learn more about the competition, students may attend the following information sessions:

Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m., at Venture Café, 1951 NW 7th Ave #600, Miami, FL 33136

Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m., at the Idea Center at MDC, 315 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL

Local finalists will be chosen to participate in a live competition Nov. 14 at the Idea Center at MDC during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The winner will be invited to compete against 25 student entrepreneurs at the GSEA national finals (also to be hosted at The Idea Center by EO-SOFLO) in February.

For more information, contact  Ed Gilhuly, 305-807-6906,  

About the Idea Center @MDC

The Idea Center is the college’s hub of innovation, the place where students from all disciplines can gather, collaborate and take advantage of resources and training to develop their entrepreneurial ideas. Through cutting-edge entrepreneurship education, professional development and experiential learning, students and community members can acquire the tools needed to identify challenges and develop solutions. The Idea Center has several components including the CREATE accelerator, CodePro, the Startup Challenge, Operation Startup and the Innovation Lab. It is made possible through the support of Knight Foundation. For more information, visit

About the EO-SOFLO

EO-SOFLO is one of the world’s largest EO chapters, with approximately 160 members whose businesses account for more than $1 billion in annual revenues and 30,000 jobs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.  EO-SOFLO and the Idea Center have partnered to support entrepreneurial innovation for MDC student entrepreneurs and other South Florida start-up business.  To learn more about EO-SOFLO, visit