All over the world, from Brazil to Lebanon to Uganda to right here in the Upstate, businesses and communities are celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week with events that encourage entrepreneurial growth and foster an environment that will allow those small businesses to flourish.
Global Entrepreneurship Week: Planning the Week Ahead
Here in the Upstate, the network of organizations that provide support to entrepreneurs is known as ESPN, but it has nothing to do with sports—it’s the Entrepreneur Support Providers Network, the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Many of the GEW events here in the Upstate are hosted by USC-Upstate/The George and Wofford College in Spartanburg, with some also in Greenville. Take a look and see what’s happening to celebrate and support entrepreneurs, and click on the links for details.
Kicking things off before the week officially gets going is the 20th Annual Technology Awards ceremony hosted by InnoVision Awards on November 8th.
Below is a schedule of events starting on Monday:
- At The George in downtown Spartanburg, a kickoff event with coffee and refreshments is open to students, faculty, administration and members of the business community. USC Upstate alumni/student entrepreneurs will have displays of their businesses.
- From noon to 1:30, USC Upstate students will have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas at the Open Mic USC Upstate Student Entrepreneur Business Idea Pitch.
- Greenville Partnership for Philanthropy hosts a lunchtime discussion of Opportunity Zones at the Kroc Center.
- The Startup Expo, hosted by Wofford College at RJ Rockers Brewing, will showcase a variety of startups from Wofford and the Spartanburg community from 5:30-7:00.
Powered By Women:
- Wofford College will host Powered by Women, a panel discussion featuring Dr. Lynette Wilson-Phillips, a 1990 Wofford graduate, physician and founder of Kids-Doc-On-Wheels; Crystal Dreisbach, founder of Green to Go; Haley Bonhon, founder of Skill Pop; and Ann Gonzales, founder of Create-ster, talking about the challenges, risks, and impact of entrepreneurship. The event will be held in McMillan Theatre in the Campus Life building on the Wofford campus.
Entrepreneurship in the Upstate:
- At the George in Spartanburg, a lunchtime panel discussion on Entrepreneurship in the Upstate with members of the business and entrepreneurship communities will focus on entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives happening in the Upstate. A boxed lunch will be provided; preregistration required.
How Artists and the Creative Community Can Grow Successful Businesses:
- An evening panel event, How Artists and the Creative Community Can Grow Successful Businesses, will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Johnson Art Gallery at the Johnson College of Business and Economics. Refreshments provided; preregistration required.
Angel Investing 101:
- Also in the evening, from 5:30-6:30 PM at The Space in the Mungo Center, Michael S. Brown Village Center on the Wofford College campus, VentureSouth will present Angel Investing 101, demystifying the process for entrepreneurs.
Open Hack Night at Synergy Mill:
- In Greenville, SC Makers hosts Open Hack Night at Synergy Mill from 7:00-9:00 PM.
Social Entrepreneurship; Doing Good is Good Business:
- At The George, Donnie Hodge, president and COO of Kitex USA, will speak on the topic of “Social Entrepreneurship; Doing Good is Good Business”, at a lunchtime event. A boxed lunch will be provided; preregistration required.
- From 5:00-7:00 p.m., The George will wrap up its GEW events with a closing reception and celebration, with refreshments provided.
Nasha Lending’s Business Entrepreneur Academy Graduation:
- In Greenville, Nasha Lending’s Business Entrepreneur Academy Graduation just happens to fall at the end of Global Entrepreneurship Week—a fitting ending!
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