Inspiring entrepreneurs at Penn State's Global Entrepreneurship Week

October 28, 2011

Penn State will take part in Global Entrepreneurship Week this November for the third time since 2009. The Small Business Development Center, a part of Penn State Outreach, has planned a week that includes many seminars, speakers and screenings on entrepreneurship.

Global Entrepreneurship Week was developed in 2008 with the mission to “Inspire, Connect, Mentor and Engage.” The week is designed to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week will begin on Sunday, Nov. 13 and end on Thursday, Nov. 17. The event begins Sunday with TEDxPSU, which is an all-encompassing event that will encourage the spread of innovation, the advancement of ideas, and the stimulation of conversation. It will be held in Alumni Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus.

Some other seminars that are tailored to Penn State students include “The First Step of Starting a Business” followed by “The Second Step of Starting a Business,” “Commercializing Your Idea,” and “Get Social, Get Results: Make Social Media Work for your Brand.” There also will be an award-winning documentary shown called “Milking the Rhino,” a film about environmental conservation and entrepreneurship.

The seminars give students an idea of the resources that are available at Penn State and how to start up a business in Pennsylvania after they graduate.

“The purpose of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State is to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Heather Fennessey, director of the Small Business Development Center at Penn State. “Penn State students are going to be the future leaders of our communities so it’s important that they have these types of opportunities.”

All seminars are free to students with a Penn State ID.

To view the full schedule of Global Entrepreneurship Week and get updates on the event, students can visit, follow @geweekatpsu on Twitter, or like “Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State” on Facebook. Registration is required for some events.

The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a nationwide network of more than 1,000 centers. The Penn State SBDC provides free business assistance to small firms and business start-ups 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, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

  • Three more sessions of 'The First Step of Starting a Business' will be offered in 2012.

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Briana Speiss

Last Updated October 31, 2011