SAGE Global is an international nonprofit corporation dedicated to teenage entrepreneurs. Our youth entrepreneurship program bridges two divides. The first divide is among secondary education, higher education and the private sector. The second divide is across countries, one that prevents international cooperation at a time when such cooperation is crucial.
Global challenges, such as environmental sustainability, alternative energy and transportation, and problems caused by global climate change, pose common threats. Thankfully, entrepreneurs with a global worldview see such threats as opportunities. These entrepreneurs can be classified into two categories: (1) those that own and operate socially-responsible businesses (SRBs) and (2) those that own and operate social enterprise businesses (SEBs).
In today’s increasingly complex world, cross-cultural cooperation in entrepreneurial ventures can raise standards of living if the right environment is created. One way to create such an environment is to focus on one key stakeholder—teenagers—for it is youth who have the most at stake.
To qualify to enter a SAGE tournament, the following conditions must be met:
- A team must consist of at least three contributing teenagers who operate a business that they have created; a high school or organization may sponsor several SAGE teams;
- There is no upper limit to the number of teens that can be a member of one team;
- A SAGE team must meet certain benchmarks throughout the year; these benchmarks are established by that country’s SAGE National Coordinator. For example, in the United States, such benchmarks are:
- By December 1, 2014: Submit a letter of intent to compete (on-line). This letter must also identify the sponsor (e.g., high school; organization; adult ally).
- By April 1, 2015: Submission of an acceptable annual report to email@example.com; the report should address each of the five judging but teams will be able to design the report in any way they choose.
- End of May or early June: Travel to the SAGE USA National Tournament (to be determined; it will likely be in California).
- In both competitions, teams will be judged on their ability to demonstrate measurable success according to five judging criteria.
- The minimum and maximum age requirements for student presenters for their SAGE team must be between the ages of 13 and 19. Specifically, a student must be at least age 13 years old on or before June 30, 2015 and no older than 19 years old on or prior to June 30, 2015.
- Each SAGE team will choose to compete in one of two separate competitions:
- Each SAGE team will be allowed to enter just one of the two competitions and can only enter the same business for a maximum of three years.
- At the end of each year, all teenage SAGE teams are invited to compete in the SAGE national competition (although some countries may first choose to conduct state or provincial competitions before conducting a national event). The competitions may be hosted by a college, university, nongovernmental organization (NGO) or a governmental organization (GO). Winners advance to the “SAGE World Cup.”
- State and/or national competitions usually take place between February and June each year. Country coordinators should plan their competitions such that the national champion teams have adequate time to acquire their travel visas. The National Champions from each competition—the SRB and the SEB competition—advances to the SAGE World Cup, which will take place in August 7-10, 2015.
- Last year, in 2013-2014, approximately 1,100 SAGE teams from 21 countries around the world participated in SAGE. The 12th Annual SAGE World Cup took place on August 8-12, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. The host of the 13th annual SAGE World Cup is Seoul, South Korea on August 7-10, 2015.