Students explore their entrepreneurial spirit during Global Entrepreneurship Week

Zoe Graham
November 15, 2013

Ohio University's Center for Entrepreneurship has Global Entrepreneurship Week headed to Athens Nov. 18-22. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an annual weeklong series of celebrations designed to inspire entrepreneurship and innovation, involving millions of people in more than 100 countries and 370 universities. Global Entrepreneurship Week is funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

This is the Center for Entrepreneurship's third year participating in the global event. In previous years, Ohio University's GEW has included daily lunch-and-learn workshops that provided students with the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas with current student and professional entrepreneurs.  This year, students can continue this discussion with a series of events focused on the intersection of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship.

"Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship that has gathered amazing pace in recent years and the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University is delighted to be a part of it," said Luke Pittaway, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship.

To kick off GEW on Monday, Nov. 18, there will be free hot chocolate and information about GEW and entrepreneurial opportunities available at Ohio University on the first floor of Baker Center from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. On Monday evening, the Guest Lecture Series featuring Cameron Mitchell, president and founder of Cameron Mitchell Restaurants of Columbus will be held in Baker Theater at 6:30 p.m. with a focus on entrepreneurial success in restaurant development.

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., a technology and entrepreneurship networking event will be held at Jackie O's Pub and Brewery, sponsored by the Innovation Center. RSVP by e-mailing the Innovation Center at innovation@ohio.edu.

Students interested in learning about what it takes to become an entrepreneur are encouraged to attend the Venture Café, hosting Nick York, an Ohio University alumnus and an attorney with a background in entrepreneurshipon Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Baker 240. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to ce@ohio.edu.

"Entrepreneurship is a dream come true, but can also be a nightmare. Be ready for everything!" York said.

The Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

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