SBDC looks to spark innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week

October 31, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa -- What do Facebook, Groupon and Mashable have in common? They were all founded by young and innovative entrepreneurs.

Harnessing the instincts of young entrepreneurs is the main idea behind Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), set for Nov. 12 to 16. Co-sponsored by the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the goal is to help students and the public realize their potential for becoming entrepreneurs.

SBDC is hosting numerous events and partnering with colleges across campus to help people turn their business ideas into reality. SBDC experts will offer an array of business classes at various locations across campus during GEW.

Two of the classes being offered are “Commercializing Your Idea” and “The Entrepreneurial International Student: Opportunities and Pitfalls.” “Commercializing Your Idea” teaches attendees how to turn academic research into marketable products. “The Entrepreneurial International Student” seminar teaches international students the steps to starting a business in the U.S.

Penn State students with an ID will be admitted to the classes for free and members of the public are invited to attend at a low cost.

Additional seminars from the SBDC include:

-- "The First Step of Starting a Business"

-- "The Second Step of Starting a Business: Writing a Business Plan"

-- "Research to Start-Up"

-- "How to Wield a Website to Win Business: Understanding and Maximizing Your Web Presence"

GEW is the largest celebration of its kind. Since 2008, the GEW initiative has been supported by 125 countries around the world. Thousands of activities take place to train and motivate entrepreneurs of all ages, connect them with mentors and investors, and help them rise above the challenges new businesses face because of legislative issues and limited government funding.

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week and a list of events sponsored by colleges at Penn State, visit

For SBDC seminar registration, visit

Penn State Small Business Development Center, part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers, provides free business assistance to small firms and business startups in Centre and Mifflin counties, enabling them to compete and grow in today’s highly competitive global economy. Penn State SBDC is part of Penn State Outreach, which serves more than 5 million people each year, in all 67 counties, all 50 states and more than 100 countries worldwide.


  • Global Entrepreneurship Week is set for Nov. 12 to 16 at University Park.

    IMAGE: Penn State

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated November 06, 2012