Staples, Inc. (ticker: SPLS, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
News Release -
Staples and Ashoka Announce Grand-Prize Winner of 5th
Annual Youth Social Entrepreneur CompetitionFounder of Solar Technology Venture Honored at Techonomy and Awarded
"Around the World Learning Tour"
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov 16, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
the world's community of leading social entrepreneurs, and Staples,
Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), announced today Eden Full, founder of Roseicollis
Technologies, a social enterprise designed to implement unique
technologies in developing and emerging markets, as the
grand-prize winner of the 2011 Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur
(YSE) Competition. The global competition highlights youth-led
organizations using innovation and technology to address social issues
affecting their communities, and is part of Ashoka's Youth
Venture(R), an initiative that identifies and fosters young
entrepreneurs all over the world who are creating positive change.
The four winners of the YSE Competition went head-to-head and pitched
their ventures to an audience of technology innovators on Tues., Nov. 14
2011, a prestigious conference for technology leaders held in
Tucson, Ariz. Eden was then selected by audience vote as the grand-prize
winner and awarded an "Around the World Learning Tour." The tour will
provide her with an opportunity to travel the globe and meet other youth
social entrepreneurs, Ashoka Fellows and Staples associates to further
develop her venture's impact.
Recognizing how technology plays an integral role in driving innovation
among today's youth, this was the first time the YSE Competition honored
exceptional young people using technology to make a positive impact in
their community and the world.
Technologies' primary technology is the SunSaluter, a cost-effective
solar panel rotator that increases the efficiency of solar panels to
bring alternative energy and electricity to developing countries. In
August 2010, Roseiocollis Technologies provided electricity, for the
first time, to two villages in Kenya to help improve the lives of more
than 1,000 residents. The villages can now safely collect firewood,
charge cell phones and power radios to remain updated on current events.
Eden and Roseicollis Technologies aim to install the SunSaluter in
additional countries, including Tanzania, Uganda and Western China.
"Eden Fuller and all of the Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur
Competition winners serve as examples of innovative entrepreneurs
through their ventures and are helping to inspire youth to create their
own positive change," said Amy Shanler, director of community relations
for Staples, Inc. "We are so proud to recognize these young technology
leaders for their commitment and determination to make a lasting impact
in communities around the world."
"The efforts of this year's winners have resulted in concrete, positive
improvements in local communities - a core component of the
Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneur Competition," said Gretchen
Zucker, executive director of Youth Venture. "We truly admire these
entrepreneurs for their ingenuity in solving important social issues
around the globe."
This year, the competition received hundreds of entries from 50
countries addressing a diverse range of issues, from the environment to
healthcare and education.
Since 2006, Staples Foundation and Ashoka have supported young
entrepreneurs throughout the world as they work to create positive
change. Through more than $3 million in funding, Staples has enabled
Ashoka's Youth Venture to expand to eight countries in North America,
South America and Europe and has helped 50,000 youth volunteers launch
and operate 2,000 ventures that have had impact on nearly 200,000 people.
For additional information on the 2011 Staples/Ashoka YSE Competition
winners, please visit the competition web site at: www.ashokayouthcompetition.org.
About Youth Venture
Ashoka's Youth Venture aims to help an entire generation of young people
develop as changemakers, who will improve their communities now and
throughout their lives. Youth Venture inspires and supports teams of
young people to launch and lead their own civic-minded organizations and
businesses. Youth Venture was created by Ashoka, the global pioneer of
the social entrepreneurship sector and the world's biggest network of
changemakers. We believe that the greatest contribution we can make to
the world is to increase dramatically the number of changemakers today
and in every future generation. This is the key factor for success for
every part of society, from a school to a company to an entire country.
Ashoka's Youth Venture operates in 18 countries and online at www.youthventure.org.
Ashoka is the world's community of leading social
entrepreneurs--individuals with innovative and practical ideas for
addressing social needs. Working with these social entrepreneurs, Ashoka
builds communities of innovators who work collectively to transform
society and design new ways for the social sector to become more
productive, entrepreneurial and globally integrated. For more
information, please visit www.ashoka.org.
About Staples in the Community
Staples contributes to educational and youth-oriented community efforts,
from literacy and mentoring to career skills development, through
in-kind and monetary donations and grants from Staples Foundation, the
private charitable arm of Staples, Inc. Through its community relations
efforts, Staples and Staples Foundation have helped more than 6,000
organizations in 2,000 communities across 27 countries. Community
relations is also an integral component of Staples Soul, which
recognizes the connection between long-term business success and the
impact Staples has on associates, communities and the planet. For more
information, visit www.staples.com/community.
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SOURCE: Staples, Inc.
For Staples, Inc.
Brooks Wallace, 781-559-0426
For Ashoka's Youth Venture
Tina Choi, +44 20 8816 7988