2018 Conference Information

Each year, CEO sponsors an informative, action packed global conference that attracts nearly 1,000 collegiate level students (and their faculty advisors) from around the World. During the three-day conference, attendees network with other entrepreneurial-minded students and listen to presentations from seasoned and nascent entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, motivational speakers and fellow students who are making the transition from dreamers to doers.

One of the highlights of the conference is the CEO Global Pitch Competition. Preliminary rounds of the competition take place each day of the conference with the winners being announced at an awards ceremony on the conference’s final day. Over the years, thousands of students have participated in this highly competitive competition that showcases new and innovative business concepts from some of the best and brightest entrepreneurially minded students in the United States.

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Chapter Award Winners:

Outstanding CEO Chapter Leader - 1st $200, 2nd $100 Cash Award

An outstanding chapter leader exhibits a sense of undeniable guidance; they provide vision and direction for their CEO Chapter and exhibit a great level of charismatic and outstanding characteristics that create the best chapter leader in our CEO network. 

1st place: University of Wisconsin- Whitewater: Casey Seidl

2nd place: Texas State University: Robert House

Outstanding CEO Chapter Advisor - 1st $200, 2nd $100 Cash Award

An outstanding CEO Chapter Advisor attends all the club meetings, provides guidance to chapter leadership, helps CEO clubs navigate university policies and politics and provides a concrete continuity when student leadership transitions.  CEO does not exist without it’s dynamic Faculty Advisors.  

1st place: Canisius College: Dr. Ji-Hee Kim 

2nd place: University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee: Jim Hunter

Global Chapter of the Year - $250 Cash Award

The global chapter of the year award is presented to a CEO Club that has demonstrated excellence in developing its organization, its leaders and offering a comprehensive and meaningful entrepreneurship experience for CEO members. 

1st place: Abilene Christian University

Outstanding Marketing and/or Social Media Award - 1st $200, 2nd $100 Cash Award

Recognizing that with any business, customers don’t just arrive on your door step or visit your website--CEO acknowledges its chapters that partake in outstanding Marketing and or Social Media efforts. Social Media or Marketing helps elevate our global brand, increases membership and creates a unique call to action for campus leaders to demonstrate the importance of supporting collegiate level entrepreneurs.

1st place: Bryant University

2nd place: Texas Christian University

Best Cross Campus Innovation & Networking Award - 1st $200, 2nd $100 Cash Award

Entrepreneurship is everywhere. It’s in our minds, our soul, its taught, it’s studied and it’s not JUST business.  Our next award identifies CEO Chapters that are not only impacting business majors, but expanding well beyond the college of business and interacting, organizing and engaging other colleges or programs. We’ve all heard this statement before… It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you.  Networking, electronically or in person, will create great long-term resources for the professional success of your CEO members.

1st place: Bryant University

2nd place: Canisius College

Outstanding Chapter Revenue Generating Initiative - 1st $200, 2nd $100 Cash Award

Fundraising is a tricky task… Navigating your development office, launching a chapter business and partnering with your student government association.  All that said, it is critical to take action in this regard – without fund’s it is difficult to run programs, host events and overall operate your chapter.  CEO recognizes its chapters that generate revenues by launching a business or fundraising initiative.  

1st place: Abilene Christian University

2nd place: Canisius College

Pitch Competition Winners:

First place: $5,000 Tyler Puccio - 12 V Enterprise Fresno State University

Second place: $3,500 Bryson Pritchard - Pritchard Innovation Stetson University

Third place: $2,000 Refaela Santillan - Naked Earth Project Fresno State University