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Russell Simmons Kicks Off U.S. Entrepreneurship Competition at NYSE

September 30, 2008

The Kauffman Foundation:

 Who:      Russell Simmons, artist and entrepreneur, and Carl Schramm, president and CEO, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation ------  What:     Simmons and Schramm will announce the launch of an entrepreneurship competition in the fields of fashion, film and music that will be the signature U.S. component of Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA (November 17-23, 2008). Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide initiative that will link millions of young people in more than 75 countries through a growing movement to inspire new ideas and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs. ------  The Kauffman Foundation is a national sponsor of the competition along with the Acton Foundation for Entrepreneurial Excellence. The U.S.-based Kauffman Foundation co-founded Global Entrepreneurship Week with Make Your Mark in the United Kingdom. The Week is being globally sponsored by NYSE Euronext, IBM and Ernst & Young. The Oct. 2 launch announcement also will be Webcast at www.unleashingideas.org.  Where:    New York Stock Exchange, Room 621, 11 Wall Street, New York ------  Why:      The official launch invites young people across the country to apply for a chance to compete as entrepreneurs in one of three genres: film, music and fashion. ------ 



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