November 23, 2010

TCU STUDENT WINS GLOBAL STUDENT ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Brent SkodaAfter making it to the finals last year, Brent Skoda was named the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year, the highest recognition for university students running a revenue-generating business. A program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the award grants Brent $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services to fuel the next phase of his company’s growth.

CollegeFitness.com is the fourth venture for Brent. His inspiration for the company came after he stopped playing baseball and left the rigorous training regimen behind. Brent saw there was a need among college students for greater access to health, nutrition and fitness information and was determined to create a company that could do just that. He launched his CollegeFitness.com in his sophomore year and it is now a $2.4 million resource for nutritional data and online video workout training programs. The company has utilized state tax credits to raise $3.5 million from investors. The 22-year-old senior is now serving thousands of students in the US and abroad.

“I am unbelievably honored to have won, but even more humbled to be included in a group with such incredible fellow student entrepreneurs,” said Brent. “I know that every business owner going through this competition faces immense challenges in balancing student life and business life. I now feel that there is a community of other student entrepreneurs and EO member mentors that I can reach out to, rely on to share my successes and failures, and they will understand.”

As the premier global competition for undergraduate students since 1998, the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners who are innovative, profitable and socially responsible. The Entrepreneurs' Organization 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. To nominate a student entrepreneur or to get involved, go to www.gsea.org.

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