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Eva Longoria joins The Venture competition

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Eva Longoria joins The Venture competition

Eva Longoria has been named as a judge for The Venture competition.

The actress and entrepreneur will join a panel of experts as they embark on a global search for the world's best social enterprise startups and divide $1 million between the winners.

Eva, 41, said: "I'm delighted to be part of the judging panel for Chivas' The Venture and can't wait to hear the unique stories behind the 27 startups from across the world. Social enterprise has such a huge part to play in the future of business and it is something that is very close to my heart. Best of luck to all the finalists!"

Chivas' The Venture has received over 2,500 applications from startups across six continents tackling a range of social and environmental issues. One finalist will represent each of the 27 participating countries in New York in July where the grand finalists will have just five minutes to impress Eva and the other judges with their pitch in front of a live audience.

Richard Black, Chivas Regal Global Brand Director, praised Eva, who has established the Eva Longoria Foundation, which helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship.

He said: "We're really excited to be announcing Eva Longoria as a judge for Chivas' The Venture. She has a clear passion for entrepreneurialism and the importance of business having a positive impact on our society. Along with Joe Huff, Sonal Shah and Alexandre Ricard, we feel we have the perfect balance of expert judges to evaluate the finalists of this year's competition. We look forward to seeing how people vote online over the next few weeks and which enterprises capture the imagination of the public."

To find out more about the judges and to vote for your favourite finalists, visit www.TheVenture.com.