Sanjay Nasta Talks about Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
Where are you from originally?
Mumbai, India but we moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1977 (in time of one of the worst blizzards of the century). Moved to Austin in 1983 (driving through Hurricane Alicia in Houston). We don't have a good history when we move so we're staying put!
What university did you go to?
Notre Dame and then University of Texas at Austin
What brought you to Austin?
Warmer Climate and the University of Texas
What is your group’s mission?
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a global business network of 9,500+ business owners in 131 chapters and 40 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables small and large business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. Our vision is to build the world's most influential entrepreneur community, which aligns with our mission of supporting entrepreneurial education and engaging entrepreneurs to learn and grow.
As a global business owner network and association, we help transform the lives of the entrepreneurs who transform the world.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization also operates the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA), the premier award program for undergraduate students that own and run businesses while attending a college or university; and Accelerator, a series of quarterly, high-impact learning events designed to provide top business owners with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to grow their businesses to more than US$1 million in annual revenue.
What need does it fulfill?
EO provides a safe forum to learn from each other.
What exactly does it bring to startups?
The GSEA awards are focused on startups run by undergraduates. Past applicants/award winners have said the biggest benefit is the inclusion into the EO community, interaction with business peers. The award does have $10,000 worth of prizes.
What type of startup would benefit from your group?
A business run by an undergraduate students
What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?
Learn from your peers, from groups such as TexasOpen Angel Networks. Interacting with your peers expands your ideas, gives you solutions to problems you will face.