UO to host inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 16–20

The University of Oregon will host its inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) next week, November 16-20.

Sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, one of the nation’s largest private funders of education and entrepreneurship, Global Entrepreneurship Week calls itself the world’s largest celebration of the people who launch startups, bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. GEW events are planned in more than 160 countries this year and will reach over 10 million people around the world.

“The UO’s first Global Entrepreneurship Week will celebrate the diversity of innovation and entrepreneurship happening everyday across our campus,” said Andrew Nelson, associate professor of management and executive director of UO RAIN. “Universities are exciting places where disciplines merge and inspire new solutions to problems.”

The week will start a early with Startup Weekend Eugene, Nov. 13-15 at Fertilab Thinkubator, in Eugene’s fermentation district. Students and faculty can join members from Eugene’s tech and startup community for a 54-hour marathon. After pitching ideas to the group, participants will form teams and spend the weekend building new startups.

Throughout the week, there are sessions geared towards faculty and students working in a variety of disciplines, including a workshop about innovation in science, a panel discussion about entrepreneurship in the arts, and mentoring sessions for students interested in launching technology-based startups.

The week will conclude with the SBAInnovateHER Business Competition, organized by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE) in partnership with RAIN Eugene and Fertilab Thinkubator. Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to submit a ventures that have a measurable impact on women and their families.

Ten finalists will present their ideas to a panel of judges on Thursday, November 19 at 6 p.m. in Lillis 280 where one venture will be put forward to the national SBA InnovateHER competition for evaluation and possible advancement to the $70,000 final round.

The UO’s first annual Global Entrepreneurship Week organized by the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship.

“We believe it is important for everyone to see the scope of innovation and entrepreneurship taking place across campus,” said Kate Harmon, undergraduate program manager for the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE). “No school or field of study ‘owns’ entrepreneurship, so we’re excited to explore the creative solutions faculty and students are discovering every day.”

You can view the full list of events on the UO’s campus calendar.