ASU Edson Student Startups Make Inc, Dell Competition Finals

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Arizona Pro DJs and G3Box are finalists in two national competitions

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The companies coming out of the student startup accelerator are doing amazing work, generating revenue, and gaining national exposure

Arizona Pro DJs and G3Box, two student startups in Arizona State University’s Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative are both finalists in the Inc magazine’s ‘Coolest College Startups of 2012’ competition. The 2012 class of Inc’s annual competition are fresh, innovative, founded with a social mission, and may very-well be the next Google or Facebook. In total, eighteen college startups were chosen for the finals.

"I am extremely honored to be featured as one of the coolest college based companies in the United States! Our team is very excited to finally be recognized for all the hard work we have done,” said Will Curran, founder and CEO of Arizona Pro DJs. Arizona Pro DJs provides high-quality and innovative event entertainment solutions and is currently experiencing rapid expansion.

Recently, Will was featured in the Arizona Republic’s 35 under 35; a list of the top 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35 in the Phoenix Metro area. Curran was the youngest entrepreneur featured in this year’s group. Arizona Pro DJs Facebook page was recently named in the top five Facebook pages for small businesses in the world and the company has been a regular on Arizona television stations in recent months.

"The G3Box team is honored to have been chosen as one of the finalist in Inc.
Magazine's Coolest College Startups competition. It is a great way to garner more support for our company” said Susanna Young, co-founder and CEO of G3Box. “We are humbled and thrilled to have been nominated. Being featured on the Inc website will help us expand our network and partnerships, and hopefully inspire others to start something they are passionate about. Thank you to all who vote!” she added.

G3Box were announced as the winners of the Entrepreneur magazine’s ‘College Entrepreneur of the Year’ in January this year. G3Box focuses on converting steel shipping containers into medical grade clinics by outfitting them with the basic components of power, ventilation, potable water, and insulation to create sustainable medical clinics that address critical health needs both in the US market and internationally.

To see who is currently winning the Inc magazine competition, and to vote for the ASU student ventures please click on this link: http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2012/videos.html?

To vote for your favorite ASU student startup:
1) Go to the “Who is winning page” (http://www.inc.com/coolest-college-start-ups-2012/videos.html?)
2) Click LIKE next to the company you want to vote for

G3Box is also in the running for the Dell Social Innovation awards. This is also a vote-based competition and you can vote for G3Box here: http://www.dellchallenge.org/projects/g3box-generating-global-good

The Edson Initiative is a startup accelerator, part of ASU Venture Catalyst, which provides funding in addition to office space, mentorship and training for ASU student startups. The program is one of the largest privately funded business plan competitions at a U.S. university.

“We are very proud of the companies in the Edson program” said Gordon McConnell, Director of Venture Acceleration at ASU SkySong. “The companies coming out of the student startup accelerator are doing amazing work, generating revenue, and gaining national exposure”.

About Arizona Pro DJs
Arizona Pro DJs provides high quality and innovative event entertainment solutions for teen celebrations such as corporate events, private events, school dances and dance parties.

About G3Box:
G3Box provides engineering design and manufacturing towards the conversion of steel shipping containers into low-cost, modular, and mobile medical clinics. G3Box is a socially minded business; for every medical clinic sold, a portion of the profits will go towards providing clinics to organizations that work in developing communities addressing critical health care issues.

About Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative (http://studentventures.asu.edu/):
The Edson Accelerator provides funding, office space, and guidance to teams of students within all university disciplines. This accelerator gives student entrepreneurs the opportunity to develop their innovative ideas and launch viable businesses. As an integral program of ASU Venture Catalyst, students in the Edson accelerator have access to seasoned entrepreneurs, industry mentors, and other Catalyst programs that enable them to advance enterprise.

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