Extreme Entrepreneurs Visit Southeast Missouri State University



Sept. 30, 2008 – The spirit of American entrepreneurism is alive and well, and poised to take southeast Missouri’s youth by storm on Oct. 8. On that date, the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the first ever collegiate entrepreneur tour, will visit the Southeast Missouri State University campus.

Southeast is committed to helping both students and members of the community succeed in the changing economy, and both are invited to take part in the day’s events, which kick off with a block party at 11 a.m. and conclude with the Extreme Entrepreneurship program at 4 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, founded by award-winning 25-year-olds, Michael Simmons and Sheena Lindahl of Extreme Entrepreneurship Education, is comprised of many of America’s top young entrepreneurs who’ve made, earned or sold a company for millions or made a huge impact before the age of 30. The vision of the tour is for all of America’s college students to graduate with an entrepreneurial mindset.

The event will provide inspiration and practical advice to budding entrepreneurs, said Dr. James Stapleton, director of Southeast’s Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

“Both emerging entrepreneurs and students of all disciplines are invited to attend to learn how they can apply the entrepreneurial mindset to their lives regardless of career choice,” Stapleton said.

Speakers at the event will include Simmons, as well as keynote speakers Jake Sasseville and Morgan First. Sasseville is the voice of the late-night talk show, “The Edge with Jake Sasseville,” which debuted on nearly 40 ABC affiliate stations in February and currently reaches over 30 million households across America. First is the creative guru and co-founder behind 1st Publications and MAP BOSTON, which she runs with a 15-person staff.

The block party, hosted by Southeast’s Redhawks Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Academic Hall prior to the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour program. The event will feature free food, drinks and giveaways from local businesses, as well as entrepreneurship exhibits and resources and the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour bus.

The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is presented nationally by VenturePort.org and sponsored by Inc. Magazine. Locally, the event is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in Southeast Missouri State University’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business. Additional support was provided by Southeast’s Career Linkages program.

For more information about the day’s events, visit www.extremetour.org or contact Stapleton at jstapleton@semo.edu or (573) 651-2010.