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The Global Arena

Can your business idea stand up to global competition?

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This story appears in the February 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

They have four minutes to set up, 20 minutes to present, and 10 minutes of questioning from a double row of judges seated at the front of a windowless room in Chicago's McCormick Place conference center. It's the 2007 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, and the six finalists are competing for a first place prize of more than $100,000 in cash and business products and services. The competitors' primary challenge is packaging their entire business and the motivations behind it into a comprehensive presentation, their only weapons being what they have accomplished and where they're going.

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