Washington, D.C. and Orlando, Florida (PRESS RELEASE – February 17, 2011) –130 top entrepreneurship leaders will be convening on February 18 for the first ever Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit, to be held at the University of Central Florida. They will be discussing how the entrepreneurship education field can be scaled to help decrease global unemployment.
Attendees include top leaders from foundations, education, government, corporations, media, and non-profit organizations that combined serve over 30 million aspiring and existing entrepreneurs per year and have given over $1 billion in donations to the field. Attendees include the founder of PriceLine.com, members of the White House, and the CEO of SCORE.
Michael Simmons, Co-Founder of the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit, says “Our goal is to help increase the size and effectiveness of the entrepreneurship education field by helping to encourage major financial commitments, develop partnerships between attendees, showcase innovative initiatives and program, and highlight success stories.”
“Small business is the engine of America’s economy. It creates the jobs that sustain our communities and the opportunities to turn ideas into reality.” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “This summit gives us the chance to discuss the opportunities available to enhance entrepreneurship education to help create and sustain small businesses nationwide.”
According to a recent survey by the Young Entrepreneur Council in partnership with Buzz Marketing Group of over 1,600 individuals ages 16-39, 89% of respondents believe entrepreneurial education is imperative today, given the new economy and job market, but 73% were not offered classes on entrepreneurship in college.
Sarah Green, another Summit Co-Founder, says, “President Obama, in the State of the Union address, emphasized recharging the American economy through entrepreneurship. This Summit comes at the perfect time for his National Innovation Strategy.”
The event will be livestreamed for free to thousands in the entrepreneurship education field on February 18, starting at 9:40am EST at http://www.feesummit.com/live.
About the Future of Entrepreneurship Education Summit
This Summit is an initiative of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, a company ran by individuals in their twenties who spread the entrepreneurial mindset to tens of thousands of students a year.
It is made possible with the support of event host, the University of Central Florida and event sponsor, the National Chamber Foundation’s Campaign for Free Enterprise. The event is being held in partnership with SCORE and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization.
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 13,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in 364 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses.