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This Week Is Global Entrepreneurship Week At Penn State

Penn State is joining forces with entrepreneurs from more than 160 countries and 24,000 partners to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week. The week-long event, which officially started on November 15, will consist of dozens of speeches, workshops, discussions, and meet ups on campus and in downtown State College.

The university has participated in GEW since 2009. Back then, the week only had two events and 45 participants. But the event has grown quite a bit since its humble beginnings. Last year, GEW Penn State hosted 78 events for over 5,000 participants.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State is bigger than ever this year. More than 100 events will be hosted at University Park, and many will be available via live stream for those who cannot attend. Here are of some of the week’s highlights:

Monday, November 16:

  • Student Entrepreneurship Panel (5:30-7 p.m. in 260 Willard): Hear from student entrepreneurs at Penn State about the resources the university has for building business. Panelists include Assistant Professor and Co-Director of Lion Launch Liz Kisenwether, Project Vive’s Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, ResumeRuby’s Mitch Robinson, Carl Rowits, and Ryan Yosua.
  • 4 Under 30 (8-9:30 p.m. in Foster Auditorium): Four recent Penn State graduates and current startup owners will return to chat with students. Panelists include Pete Brockman, Alan Erdley, Abu Fofonah, and Zachary Zimbler. 

Tuesday, November 17:

  • Entrepreneurial=Improvisational: How to accept the good, bad, and the never-saw-that-coming (6-8 p.m. at the Palmer Museum of Art):  Lead by Craig Walsh of Go Walsh Design studios, this workshop is focused on how to overcome the roadblocks and failures of the entrepreneurial world. 

Wednesday, November 18:

  • Understanding Business Cash Flow (6-7 p.m. in 262 Willard): The Penn State Small Business Development Center will offer a crash course in how to set up an accounting system, track income and expenses, and keep financial records.
  • Circle of 6: Where is your line? A Night of Sex-Positive Awareness and Safety (7:30-9:00 p.m. at the State Theatre): Presented by GEW Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the film “The Line” will be screened. After, filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman will hold a discussion of how she turned her traumatic date rape experience into the creation of her app, Circle of 6.

Thursday, November 19: 

  • Hacky Hour (5:30-8:00 p.m. at New Leaf): This informal meet up for developers will be hosted by West Arete’s President Scott Woods. 
  • Shattering the Artist vs. Entrepreneur Paradigm: A conversation with someone who is a little of both (6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Palmer Museum of Art): Howard Udell, who is both a musician and entrepreneur, will host a conversation and Q&A.

Friday, November 20: 

  • Penn State Idea Pitch Competition (3-4:30 p.m. in 217 Business Building): Presented by Smeal College of Business, this competition allows students to collaborate on their ideas with Penn State faculty. For more information on the pitch competition, check out their website.

For GEW Penn State’s entire schedule, visit the event’s page.

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Anna Foley

Anna is a senior majoring in Communication Arts & Sciences and Spanish with a minor in Theatre. Yes, she went to Spain. Follow her half-funny thoughts @exfoleyator and send her chain emails at [email protected]


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