U.S. Chamber and George Mason University Team Up to Highlight the Value of Free Enterprise

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 8:00pm

Campaign for Free Enterprise and Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour
Connect D.C. Area Students to Young Entrepreneurs

FAIRFAX, VA—The U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise partnered with the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour in its latest stop today at George Mason University to inspire and educate students about how to create their own jobs in the midst of a difficult economic climate.

“We launched the Campaign for Free Enterprise a year ago with the mission of creating 20 million jobs over the next ten years,” said Rick Corcoran, senior adviser of the U.S. Chamber’s Campaign for Free Enterprise. “It will take the dreams and determination from students here at George Mason University and around the country to help turn this goal into a reality.”

Today’s event is part of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the only nationwide collegiate entrepreneur tour, which is designed to connect students with business professionals. More than 900 youth and young adults participated in exhibits, workshops, and a question-and-answer session with young entrepreneurs. Emerging entrepreneurs and students learned how to apply the entrepreneurial mindset to their lives regardless of career choice.

“George Mason University is proud to be part of this national initiative,” said Mason President Alan G. Merten. “The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour coincides with our institution’s priority of producing students who are intellectually and technologically prepared enough to become leaders by the force of their knowledge and ideas. By bringing together students with business leaders, this tour will help students make better career choices as they transition from the classroom to the working world.”

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is presented in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Campaign for Free Enterprise with additional support from Inc. Magazine. Founded by award-winning entrepreneurs Michael Simmons and Sheena Lindahl when they were just 25-years-old, the tour is comprised of many of America’s top young entrepreneurs who've made, earned, or sold a company for millions and/or made a huge impact before the age of 30. The vision of the tour is for all of America’s college students to graduate with an entrepreneurial mindset.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour has held more than 150 events throughout the country and has attracted more than 600 people at tour events. The organization received the Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations and the Program of the Year award from Northern Michigan University.

iMADdu (I make a difference, do you?), a nonprofit based in Fairfax, Virginia, served as the local host for the event. iMADdu empowers the next generation of entrepreneurs by providing hands-on experiences through apprenticeships that impact the local small business community.

“iMADdu bridges the gap between the academic and the practical at the university level,” said Mona Olsen, Founder of iMADdu. “By serving as the local host, participants in the Student Apprenticeship Program were able to apply their skills in the planning of a high-impact, high-energy event.

American Free Enterprise. Dream Big. is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's comprehensive, multiyear campaign to support free enterprise through national advertising; grassroots advocacy; citizen, community, and youth engagement; and research and ideas leadership.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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