An Entrepreneur and a Gentleman


Published June 08, 2012

| FOXBusiness

If you consider yourself a gentleman in a society where chivalry is “misplaced,” GQ wants to hear from you. All you need is manners and a big idea.

The men’s magazine is teaming up with Ketel One in a search across the country for game-changing ideas in their contest “A Gentleman’s Call: In Pursuit of an Idea that Matters.” The winning idea should “champion the lifestyle of the modern gentleman,” and will receive $100,000 in startup cash.

Current entries online include breathalyzer kiosks in bars to limit drunk driving incidents, and a mentoring program for young men ages 16-to-19 to help them grow into “alphas.”

In order to find the strongest project ideas, the contest has also called upon three mentors it considers to be modern gentlemen, of course,—actors ? Ian Somerhalder and Carlos Ponce, as well as Adam Garone, co-founder and CEO of the Movember Foundation.

“The best thing you can aspire to be is a gentleman. The idea of a gentleman is one of awareness, confidence and compassion,” Somerhalder said in a release. “Helping to support an initiative that is based on those ideals is an honor and I look forward to seeing the evolution of this quest reach its full potential.”

Think you have the next big idea for gentlemen? Visit to enter your project or tag @KetelOne and @GQmagazine, use the hashtag #KetelOne #GentlemansCall on Twitter, and visit

The contest will stop accepting entries on July 29, and five projects will be selected. Voting will then be opened up across the country to determine which idea best personifies a “class act” and will be inspirational to generations of gentlemen.