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11-14-2014

Clarkson University Student Entrepreneur Heads to United Nations for Inaugural Women's Entrepreneurship Day

Student entrepreneur Jamie Griffin has been selected as a Student Ambassador for the inaugural Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations on November 19.

Jamie GriffinThe Clarkson University sophomore information systems & business processes and communication double major from Bronx, N.Y., will join a student ambassador global initiative from other top universities, like Stanford, Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard, Columbia, Barnard, Babson and University of Oxford, and a global team of World Ambassadors from China to Pakistan.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day will be celebrated at the United Nations in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and the U.S. Department of State.

It is being billed as the world’s largest celebration of women innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare in 144 countries. A goal of the event is to "bring awareness to the 250 million girls living in poverty, who we will inspire and empower."

Griffin, an intern at Clarkson's Reh Center for Entrepreneurship, serves as human resource specialist in the center's student-run coffee kiosk, MoJoe. She got her start as an entrepreneur as a high school sophomore, when she co-founded and operated a clothing brand with her friends.

"Clarkson University is excited to be playing this special role in the very first Women's Entrepreneurship Day," said School of Business Dean Dayle Smith. "As we celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than 20 events here on our campus, Jamie will add a truly global element as she interacts with other student ambassadors from all over the world. I'm looking forward to the ideas and global entrepreneurial spirit, which I know she will bring back to us.

During the first two semesters of their freshman year, all Clarkson School of Business students work in groups to develop a business concept, formulate a business plan, pitch to investors, and open a real business.

Clarkson has also been nationally recognized for its annual competition in which up to five young entrepreneurs or innovators have an opportunity to attend Clarkson without tuition through a combination of merit-based financial aid (after accounting for other aid for which the student may be eligible) and the acquisition by the University of an ownership interest in their business ventures.

Clarkson's entrepreneurship program is one of the top 15 in the nation, according to the Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine. The two named Clarkson to their 2015 list of "Top 25 Colleges for Entrepreneurship Undergraduate Programs," where it ranks #14. Entrepreneur also notes Clarkson as one of "Five Schools That Cater to Undergrads Who Want to Be Tech Innovators," which lists entrepreneurship programs that highlight offering students the chance to develop new tech products. Forbes magazine ranks Clarkson in its top-50 list of "America's most entrepreneurial universities."

Find out more about the Clarkson University School of Business at http://clarkson.edu/business .

Read more about Women's Entrepreneurship Day at http://www.womenseday.org .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jgriffin.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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