Mentoring Madness offers aspiring entrepreneurs a change to get advice that makes a difference. This year’s panel of experts includes rapper Snoop Dogg, Blake Mycoskie, Chief Shoe Giver of TOMs Shoes; Barry Sternlicht, Chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital; and, Stephen P. Hanson, founder and president of B.R. Guest Restaurants. The panel will offer advice to a group of university students gathered at the New York Stock Exchange November 16, which will be available for Webcast during Global Entrepreneurship Week events around the world. The event will also feature three finalists from Movers & Changers, a nationwide business plan competition run by mtvU and NYSE Euronext to uncover creative capitalists who will do create a profitable and sustainable venture that also provides something positive for a community, the country, or the world. These finalists will give their business pitches to the panel, with the top idea awarded $25,000 in startup funds.
Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition
The boldest cleantech ideas, the most ambitious entrepreneurs and the brightest, most engaged investors will join together during Global Entrepreneurship Week for the Cleantech Open Ideas Competition – the world’s largest clean technology business competition. Twenty-two countries have held regional competitions, with young people sharing business plans for everything from revolutionary ways to generate clean energy, to better ways to filter water, to ideas about how governmental policies around climate change can foster new businesses. On November 17 the top idea from each country will be presented as part of the Cleantech Open Awards Gala in
The Global Innovation Tournament is a fast-paced competition that will challenge student teams to solve a common, global problem in about eight days, creating as much value as possible. The “global problem” will be revealed November 4, with more than 60 teams from 15 countries working to develop a solution and document it in a YouTube video, due by November 13. In the past, the tournament has yielded truly innovative products and services. What will be developed this year?
Speednetwork the Globe
November 16 - 22
Speednetwork the Globe aims to bring together entrepreneurs of all backgrounds to unleash energy, share ideas and make connections – fast. The event is simple: all you need is a whistle and a group of people wanting to network. Participants are given about five minutes to Speednetwork with another person. When time is up, a whistle is blown and everyone has to find someone new to talk to. Discussions can be about anything, but this is an opportunity to pose your burning entrepreneurial questions to a variety of people – including potential collaborators, mentors and investors. In 2008, more than 500 Speednetworking events took place in 31 countries, connecting approximately 25,000 people.
Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
Student entrepreneurs from up to 10 countries will compete in the finals of the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, with more than $150,000 in prizes at stake. The GSEA is unique because all competitors have viable businesses with revenue ranging from US$100,000 to US$5.5 million and these competitors are full-time students. The top three winners of the competition will travel to compete at the 2009 GSEA Global Finals competition at the Kauffman Foundation in
“Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon” Screenings
November 16 - 22
In America, a kid drops out of high school every nine seconds ... imagine if they didn't. That's the question asked in a new film from award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. Hailed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as "wonderful and inspirational," this compelling new documentary chronicles the remarkable stories of several inner-city teens who learn to become entrepreneurs. What they learn in the process profoundly changes their lives and destinies. The film will premiere during Global Entrepreneurship Week, with large-scale screenings at
November 13-15 & November 20-22
9 U.S. cities & London
What can you accomplish in a weekend? With the help of StartupWeekend and Global Entrepreneurship Week, the answer is turning a business idea into reality. In ten cities, intensive, 54-hour marathons will be held in conjunction with the Week, providing networking, resources and incentives all designed to help entrepreneurs go from idea to launch. A highly-motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more will join together for the weekend to help entrepreneurs stop talking about their idea and start acting on it. They help build communities. They start companies. And, they get it all done by Monday morning. These events are scheduled in
Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour
October 13 - November 18
The Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour is a high-energy tour making stops on university campuses across the
Speednetwork the Globe: New York Experience
New York, New York
Angel Capital Summit: Igniting Innovation
The goal of the Angel Capital Summit is to bring entrepreneurs together with investors, but that meeting is just the beginning of the interaction the
This year, the
Achieving Scale in Entrepreneurship
IFC World Bank Headquarters,
Exciting things are happening around the world to advance entrepreneurship and the IFC World Bank is using Global Entrepreneurship Week as an opportunity to share these ideas and trends. They will host a workshop in
MIT Enterprise Forum
The MIT Enterprise Forum will answer the question many entrepreneurs have been posing to themselves the past few months, with a panel called “How To Succeed in a Down Economy.” The event will feature several successful entrepreneurs and business leaders discussing how companies can operate strategically and position their businesses for success in the current economic landscape, how to find alternative financing, how to add talent to a team, and the critical ideas all business leaders and aspiring entrepreneurs should be focusing on. Moderated by Bo Fishback, vice president of entrepreneurship for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the event will take place live from the MIT Campus in
The “Creative Spark Challenge” encourages students to go beyond the selection in the toy aisle and create their own game to play. Teams are asked to design a new, interactive game that will teach and motivate its players to communicate, create, problem solve and improve the world. The challenge also explores real-world issues, with contestants assigning price points, soliciting sponsors, and creating a commercial to post on YouTube. A public voting forum will determine the winner of the activity during Global Entrepreneurship Week, with a representative from the winning team awarded an all-expense-paid trip to Destination ImagiNation’s Global Finals to present the team’s product to 16,000 students and supporters. Destination ImagiNation, Inc. will then develop the product and offer it for sale from its Web site.
A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Conference: “Translating Technology into Cost Effective Healthcare
Our nation’s biggest health challenge today is curing the healthcare system itself, and only by combining the expertise of medicine and engineering can we solve the problem. That’s why the A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Conference will focus on how new technologies and low-cost products and services could reduce hospital stays and give patients greater control over their own health. Andy Grove, the former chairman and CEO of Intel, will headline an accomplished list of speakers for the second A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Conference. The insights from this event will be useful to healthcare industry innovators as well as policymakers.
Chapman University becomes the Times Square of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the US as engineering students from the University once again develop a way to host the Orange Ball Drop, counting down to midnight on the eve of the Week. Over 200 people are expected to attend the celebration, which will include music, videos and representatives from a number of international organizations.
Five of the West Coast chapters of Entrepreneurs’ Organization will join together in
Junior Achievement’s Titan Competition
Over 250 students will compete in a business competition at
Will This Float?
The “Will This Float?” business pitch competition is much more than a man in a suit clicking through Powerpoint slides. Using lights, music and more, the event will invite top entrants to give a five-minute pitch of their idea to a panel of experts and a crowd of more than 100 people. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize, along with one-on-one time with experts at the ETSU Innovation Lab and the
Arts and Entrepreneurship Day: University of Miami
At the University of Miami entrepreneurship is an option for everyone, and the events planned for Global Entrepreneurship Week show just this by highlighting different themes each day—from women entrepreneurship, to arts and entertainment entrepreneurship, to sports entrepreneurship. On Tuesday, Arts and Entrepreneurship Day, an afternoon session will highlight Laurie Silver, founder of the SciFi Channel. That night, “An Evening with Fashion Entrepreneurs” will feature Donald J. Pliner, a successful entrepreneur who started his own line of men’s and women’s footwear bearing his name.
Women in Entrepreneurship Day: University of Miami
For the first time, all of the women’s groups in
November 16 - 22
Confessions of a Bleacher Creature
Sports and entrepreneurship will merge on the