Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Brooklyn chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) — a global network that connects business owners in order to enhance their lives and businesses — announced on Tuesday that Parsons School of Design freshman Fiona McCormac received first place in the Brooklyn regional Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) competition. This is the first year EO Brooklyn hosted the competition.
An EO program, GSEA is the premier global competition for students who own and operate a for-profit business while attending college. The competition, which took place Feb. 10 at 20 Jay St. in DUMBO, was judged by three EO Brooklyn and New York members: Sarah Endline of Sweetriot, Steve Distante of Vanderbilt Financial Group (VFG) and Michael Tobias of NY Engineers.
McCormac won for her company Femme, a clothing brand designed to encourage confidence in diversity. As the regional winner, she will receive mentoring from EO members and will go on to compete in the national GSEA finals March 6-7 in Kansas City, Missouri.
“The designs behind Femme represent self-confidence, self-love and self-acceptance,” said McCormac. “I feature my friends and other real people from my life — people with different shapes and sizes — to show how beautiful diverse body types are. Winning the regional GSEA competition gives me a chance to put the Femme brand on a national stage — and I am so grateful.”
The winner of the national competition will receive a $10,000 cash prize and attend the GSEA global finals in Frankfurt, Germany in April 2017 to compete against the world’s top student entrepreneurs. The winner of the global finals will receive a $20,000 cash prize as well as invaluable in-kind business services provided by EO members and will be named the EO Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year.
McCormac is one of two local students who qualified to compete in Brooklyn’s GSEA competition. David De Lima, a student at The New School and founder of Sara Cristina Swimwear, also competed.