Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Names Boston Regional Finalist

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - Sep 23, 2011) - The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, the premier global competition for undergraduate students who own and operate businesses while attending college or university, today announced that Dinesh Wadhwani, founder of ThinkLite, LLC, was the winner of the Boston Regional Competition. Dinesh will now move on to the Global Finals to compete for $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services to fuel the next phase of his company's growth.

"I am thrilled to be representing Babson and the North East Region at the Global Finals," said Dinesh Wadhwani, founder of ThinkLite and 2011 GSEA Boston Regional Winner. "The GSEA is an incredible opportunity to meet fellow collegiate entrepreneurs and learn from seasoned veterans."

The Boston competition placed six regional semi-finalists, selected from nominations across the New England and Canadian region. Student businesses included green lighting solutions, healthy snack options, campus furnishing recycling, insurance software, eco-friendly surfboards and a roommate matching service. Hailing from Babson University, Dinesh founded ThinkLite as a Junior in college after realizing the incapability of major technology firms to provide custom green lighting solutions. At the Global Finals in November, Dinesh will meet with 30 semi-finalists, nominated from over 42 countries from around the world, to face off for the title of Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.

"As an entrepreneur and former GSEA winner, it is incredibly inspirational to come back to local competitions where it all began," said Adam Blake, founder of Brightergy and GSEA Director. "The GSEA serves as a springboard for budding entrepreneurs to push the limits of their innovation. It's great to give back to these student competitors in the same way business mentors have helped me and my business grow."

A program of the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards highlights the first phase of entrepreneurship life-cycle: the start-up. But these students are not part of the start-up inside circle with the benefits of incubators and entrepreneurs in residence. Rather they developed business plans in dorm rooms and test marketed to their fellow classmates. To enter the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Competition or to learn more, visit

About The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
As the premier global competition for undergraduate student business owners, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners who are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. Since 1998, the GSEA, a program founded at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who juggle a full course load while running their own businesses. The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) took on leadership of the GSEA in 2006 to offer student entrepreneurs access to a global network of mentors, resources and connections from the most influential community of entrepreneurs in the world. The GSEA is generously supported by major foundations, including the NYSE Euronext Foundation the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Ernst & Young and the Be Great Organization. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to

About EO
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) -- for entrepreneurs only -- is a global community that enriches members' lives through direct peer-to-peer learning, connections to experts and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. EO is comprised of more than 8,000 members in 40 countries, with an average member age of 41 and average annual revenue of US$17.3 million. The organization is committed to building the world's most influential community of entrepreneurs. For more information, go to:

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