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Babson’s Daquan Oliver Finalist for College Entrepreneur of the Year

We are honored to have Babson Undergraduate student Daquan Oliver amongst the finalists for Entrepreneur Magazine’s College Entrepreneur of 2013. Daquan is being recognized for his program, Recesspreneurs, which helps bring entrepreneurship education to under-privileged middle and high-school age students.  The program grew out of an after-school program he co-founded his Freshman year at Babson, and has support from Babson College and The Wellesley Fund.

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There is so much we love about his work, not the least of which is how it is built upon the foundation of a central desire driving all action. In this case, that means Daquan’s drive to help underprivileged youth have access to skills and tools which can move their lives in a positive direction.  And we’re not the only ones to think he’s amazing – he caught the attention of Clinton Global Initiative University and was accepted to the 2013 global meeting because of his commitment to action.

Here’s how he sums it up in his application video:

“Entrepreneurship is about self development. Not only do students build their very own companies starting from ideation stage and go all the way through launch and growth, but they are also exposed to exercises which allow students to implement entrepreneurship into their daily lives. This embodiment teaches youth skills such as leadership, teamwork, how to build a support system, action oriented approaches and perseverance. These are all skills that any individual needs for success no matter what the situation.”

Contest winners will receive $5,000 seed funding as well as other prizes. Online voting runs through September 17th, 2013 – please show your support for Daquan’s passion and drive by voting HERE. You can read more about his work in a recent article from the Wellesley Townsman or Recesspreneurs’ website.