The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO) is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to “inform, support and inspire college students to be entrepreneurial and to seek opportunity through enterprise creation.” From its inception in 1984, the organization has grown to approximately 7,500 members, representing 250 college and university based chapters.
Each year, CEO sponsors an informative, action packed national conference that attracts nearly 1,000 collegiate level students (and their faculty advisors) from around the United States. 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 National 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.
CEO provides resources, chapter guidelines, four regional events and a dynamic network of impressive young entrepreneurs.