Destination ImagiNation, Inc. Launches its Creative Spark Challenge for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009

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After-school and entrepreneurial nonprofits partner to create a new contest that will blend social awareness, business skills and creativity to create a new interactive game.

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Teams of entrepreneurs have the opportunity to present their prototype games to several million potential voters for selection, and the winning prototype will be presented to an audience of 16,000 potential buyers. It will be a great experience for those participating in this Challenge.

Destination ImagiNation, Inc.® has officially opened registration for its Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Challenge, which brings together creativity, business savvy and social awareness.

The Creative Spark Challenge seeks young entrepreneurs who want to create the next great interactive game that teaches creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

“I am excited to offer this entrepreneurial Challenge to the GEW and Destination ImagiNation, Inc. communities,” said Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination ImagiNation, Inc. “Teams of entrepreneurs have the opportunity to present their prototype games to several million potential voters for selection, and the winning prototype will be presented to an audience of 16,000 potential buyers. It will be a great experience for those participating in this Challenge.”

Participants will design a prototype game, assign a price point, solicit sponsors, and create up to a 30-second commercial to be posted on YouTube. A public voting forum will determine the winner of the activity. A spokesperson from the winning team will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Destination ImagiNation’s Global Finals to present the team’s product to 16,000 students and supporters. Destination ImagiNation, Inc. will then develop the product and offer it for sale from its Web site.

Visit http://www.idodi.org/index.php/creative-spark-challenge to learn more about the Creative Spark Challenge and complete the full registration process. The deadline for entries is November 22, 2009. Submissions will be reviewed and the top five games selected by GEW and DI will be presented for final voting to the public on December 1-7, 2009. The winning game will be announced on December 9, 2009.

About Destination ImagiNation
Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is an extraordinary non-profit organization that provides two educational programs for students to learn and experience creativity, teamwork and problem solving. Every year, we reach 100,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination ImagiNation, our core program, is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. In our Destination ImagiNation 4-Life program, we design and implement cause-based programming for client organizations to reach target audiences in a powerful way. Destination ImagiNation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with 1.3 million alumni and a global network of 35,000 volunteers. Visit http://www.IDODI.org for more information.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 16-22, 2009, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit http://www.unleashingideas.org, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit http://www.kauffman.org, and follow @kauffmanfdn on Twitter.

Make Your Mark
Make Your Mark is the campaign to give young people in the UK the confidence, skills and ambition to be enterprising - to have ideas and make them happen. Run by Enterprise Insight, which was founded by the four leading UK business membership organisations – the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors. Their Director-Generals sit on our board, which is chaired by entrepreneur Peter Jones, from BBC’s Dragon’s Den. It is supported by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and endorsed by the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. http://www.makeyourmark.org.uk

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