Entrepreneurial Experience : Management Senior and Pro DJ Competes for Global Student Entrepreneurship Award
By Brittany Smythe
BSBA Business Management '10
Business management senior Eric Smith developed a unique financial support system to help combat rising tuition costs: combining his business education and passion for music, he founded a mobile disc jockey business called Revolution Entertainment.
Eller College associate dean for undergraduate programs Pam Perry used Revolution Entertainment’s services and was impressed with the quality. She nominated Smith for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), a national competition for students who own and run businesses while attending a high school, college, or university. The students present their business plans to a panel of judges to vie for cash prizes. Smith competed in Phoenix in September.
“Preparation for the event was grueling,” said Smith. “I spent many sleepless nights compiling my company’s ideas on paper and PowerPoint. I included our business model, pictures, and financials. I then practiced and practiced until I knew what I wanted to convey about my company and how I wanted to include it in my pitch.”
The GSEA competition began with a tradeshow format, in which judges roamed from booth to booth observing the different ventures and listening to student pitches. The event continued with a one-on-one personal networking session, an opportunity to capture judges’ interest for that all-important final decision. The program wrapped up with a formal dinner and reception where the winners were announced.