Gearing up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

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The second annual campus wide Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration is gearing up at Syracuse University from November 13 – 17.   This year’s event also celebrates 10 years of the festival celebrating entrepreneurship in 170 countries around the globe.

The SU event will kickoff with an opening keynote address Monday, November 13 at noon in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons at Bird Library, followed by a networking reception and Entrepreneurship Meetup in the Learning Commons.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a celebration of innovators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. For one week each November, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship inspires people around the globe to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.  With activities ranging from large-scale competitions, to intimate networking and meetups, lectures and panel discussions, film screens and meetings with investors, aspiring entrepreneurs are introduced to possibilities and exciting opportunities.

World leaders, local communities and colleges and universities around the world have embraced the campaign as a way to fuel ideas by high-growth startups, making GEW a truly global platform for connection and collaboration.

Representatives from 37 countries were on hand when GEW was announced in 2007 by Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW, Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation (and now professor at Syracuse University) and Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom.  The event has now grown to 170 countries, 20,000 partners and 10 million people.

The Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University is once again taking the lead organizing activities at Syracuse University, which include more than a dozen events that week across campus.  The schedule of activities will be available on-line at:

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Syracuse University will feature famous entrepreneurs, founders and funders, along with panel discussions, films, meetups and more.  Many events feature well-known alumni and aspiring Syracuse University student entrepreneurs from around the world.

Coordinated by the Blackstone LaunchPad at Syracuse University, in collaboration with campus partners across many academic program areas, GEW@SU empowers entrepreneurs at all stages – from start-up to scale-up – and inspires innovators to take their first step.

Activities across campus this week will engage all parts of Syracuse’s entrepreneurship ecosystem – entrepreneurs, educators, researchers, resource providers, and more – to help faculty, staff and students explore and unleash their ideas, be self-starters and become innovators through start-up thinking.

The weeklong celebration is intended to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs about opportunities to advance their ideas and connect with campus and global leaders.  All events are open to the community free of charge.  Participants are encouraged to use social media to share their ideas and experiences this week using the hashtags #GEW2017, #GEWSyracuse, and #LaunchPadSYR, or @GEW2017, @GEWSyracuse, and @LaunchPadSYR.

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