Starting a Company: From Idea to Reality Event Planned to Educate the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs During Global Entrepreneurship Week

News Release             




Gianna Sabella                                                                    Karla Pollack

Public Relations Manager                                                 Principal

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation                   Association Business Solutions

(609) 936-2389                                                                    (609) 392-3800                                        


Sponsored by Integra LifeSciences, National Association of Women Business Owners, Central New Jersey, Association Business Solutions, Precision Office Assistants, Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, and the Uncommon Individual Foundation


Plainsboro, NJ, October 27, 2008 –People interested in learning what it takes to start and run a business will hear from several successful entrepreneurs in a series of workshops to be held on the campus of Princeton University. Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq: IART), the National Association of Women Business Owners – Central Jersey (NAWBO), Association Business Solutions, Inc.(ABS), Precision Office Assistants, A Virtual Office Company, Uncommon Individual Foundation, and Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education have joined with more than 1,000 organizations in Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Dozens of countries are coming together for the first time to host a one-week global initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination, and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.


Integra and its co-sponsors are presenting their event on November 18, 2008. Entitled Starting a Company: From Idea to Reality, the event is designed to guide entrepreneurs through the process of starting and growing a new company.


Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the creative spirit that we all possess, and Integra is honored to a part of the first ever global initiative that encourages young people to be entrepreneurs and pursue their dreams,” said Stuart Essig, CEO of Integra LifeSciences. 


The event will feature four workshops, which will cover how to write a business plan, obtain financing, and market your company via public relations and internet marketing. Richard E. Caruso, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Integra LifeSciences and Founder of The Uncommon Individual Foundation, will deliver the opening address.  Workshop leaders include Dr. Ron Cook, Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Director, Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Rider University; Kathleen W. Coviello, Director of Technology & Life Sciences, New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Jeff Callahan, President and Founder, Sandler Training; Tom Szaky, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Terracycle, Inc; and Alex Cohen, Manager, Online Marketing, ClickEquations.


“Innovation is at the heart of entrepreneurship, and Global Entrepreneurship Week offers the opportunity to connect with that spirit of innovation,” said Patrick C. S. Lo, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Director, NETGEAR.


The event will begin at 8:30 am on Tuesday, November 18, in the Frist Campus Center on the campus of Princeton University. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required as space is limited. To learn more and to register for the event, visit


About Global Entrepreneurship Week      

Countries all around the world are joining together to carry the banner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative aimed at young people everywhere. During the week of November 17 – 23, 2008, partner organizations will conduct a range of activities – from simple speeches to comprehensive competitions – designed to inspire, connect, inform, mentor and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs.


Global Entrepreneurship Week will engage young people everywhere to learn about the possibilities of entrepreneurship, and is a combination and expansion of two successful initiatives – the debut of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA in 2007 and the inspiration behind it, Enterprise Week in the UK, which was kicked off in 2004 by now-Prime Minister Gordon Brown.


And while it may be global in scope, at its heart, the Week is a local initiative that reflects the customs and entrepreneurial culture of each community. After all, what works in Boise, Idaho might be quite different from what works in Bangalore, India.  Founding sponsors for Global Entrepreneurship Week are the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and Make Your Mark in the United Kingdom.  Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA will inspire and inform young people through these activities – online and face-to-face – helping them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.


For more information on events and activities across the country as well as how to engage young people to get involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit:


About Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation

Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, a world leader in regenerative medicine, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients through the development, manufacturing, and marketing of cost-effective surgical implants and medical instruments. The company’s products are used to treat millions of patients every year, primarily in neurosurgery, extremity reconstruction, orthopedics and general surgery.  Integra’s headquarters are in Plainsboro, New Jersey, and it has research and manufacturing facilities throughout the world.  Please visit their website at


About The National Association of Women Business Owners, Central New Jersey Chapter (NAWBOCJ)

The National Association of Women Business Owners, Central Jersey Chapter (NAWBOCJ) is a network of women entrepreneurs who provide each other with information, resources, referrals, and support, whose vision is to propel women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power. Please visit their website at


About Association Business Solutions, Inc (ABS)

Association Business Solutions, Inc. (ABS) is an Association Management Company that provides marketing, writing and municipal monitoring services to all types of organizations.

Please visit their website at


About Princeton University’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education

Established in February 2005, the mission of Princeton’s Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education is to prepare all students – both engineers and non-engineers – to be leaders in an increasingly complex, technology-driven society. The center is creating new courses and strengthening existing ones that go beyond purely technical subjects to provide students a broader understanding of the global economic, environmental and cultural forces that shape and are shaped by technology. At the same time, the center is improving students’ technical education by exposing them to real engineering projects throughout their four years, through internships, entrepreneurial opportunities and multidisciplinary courses.


About Precision Office Assistants

Precision Office Assistants is a network of administrative professionals that offers small businesses the luxury of having staff without the added cost of benefits and employer taxes.  Through contractual arrangements Precision Office Assistants works offsite providing services related to office support and administration, including desktop publishing, database design and management, website design and management, internet research and executive/administrative support services, including correspondence and data entry. 


About the Uncommon Individual Foundation (UIF)

UIF was founded in 1986 by Dr. Richard Caruso, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Integra. They are a private, not-for-profit foundation exclusively devoted to mentoring: mentor/protégé training, consultation, program implementation and evaluation.  UIF’s goal is to enable each individual to recognize the benefits of mentoring and to learn how to use it to achieve personally defined success.  UIF designs and implements mentoring programs, writes training manuals, provides instructors to train mentors and protégés, and evaluates the mentoring process.  UIF’s clients include a number of America’s largest corporations, as well as colleges, universities, government agencies, faith-based organizations, public and private schools, professional associations, youth organizations, and social service agencies. Currently, after more than four years of development and testing, UIF is introducing a new web-based mentoring platform, which is designed to help individuals better understand their unique qualities and become the entrepreneur residing within.