AJ Damiano ’19 Wins Entrepreneurship Organization Regional Competition
Angelo (AJ) Damiano, founder of student startup PowerSpike, has won the U.S.-Western NY regionals of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s (EO) 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA). The competition, which was held in Buffalo on Jan. 19, is open to student entrepreneurs who actively run a business, are currently pursuing an undergraduate degree and generating revenue or investments.
Damiano, a junior in the Whitman School of Management, who is a member of both the Blackstone LaunchPad at SU Libraries and the Couri Hatchery at the Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship,won the award for clarity of mission and vision, leadership and innovation. PowerSpike connects gaming influencers, eSports organizations and eSports teams with brands in a growing industry that gets more views than the Masters, NBA finals, World Series and Stanley Cup. PowerSpike enables streamers to monetize their audience and helps brands to connect with hard-to-reach viewers, specifically on Twitch.
Damiano will now advance to the U.S. finals on March 6-7 in Kansas City. The nationals are sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Regional and state competitions are occurring at more than 100 locations around the world. Fifty finalists will be selected to advance to the global finals, to be on held April 27-29 in Frankfurt, Germany.
With more than 1,700 competitors from over 30 countries, EO GSEA is an exclusive opportunity for student entrepreneurs to make connections, find resources and grow their businesses.
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global business network of more than 12,000 leading entrepreneurs in 160 global chapters. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success. EO offers resources in the form of global events, leadership-development programs, peer-to-peer learning, an online entrepreneur forum, executive education opportunities and connections to experts.