Community Entrepreneurs Can Learn and Network During Weeklong Celebration
November 07, 2019 2:02 PM
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Global Entrepreneurship Week Penn State (GEW) runs from Sunday, Nov. 10, to Thursday, Nov. 14, with daily presentations, panels, workshops and networking opportunities geared specifically to entrepreneurs, local startups, innovators and anyone interested in thinking outside the box.

Celebrating its 11th year in the community, GEW aims to draw in more residents from the Centre Region, in addition to Penn State.

“GEW is for the growing number of entrepreneurs in our region. From people running one-person businesses online, to the side hustlers working on the weekend, to those with just the beginning of an idea—GEW is an opportunity to learn, network and be inspired,” said John Peterson, Interim Director, Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

The Penn State SBDC manages planning, organization and execution of GEW Penn State in partnership with Invent Penn State. For more information visit

See below for a sampling of events each day. For the full event schedule visit

Sunday, November 10

HackPSU Challenge Winners Workshop 

Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m.

Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

Listen to participants from the Fall HackPSU event discuss their winning projects, the challenges they faced, and the fun they had along the way.


Monday, November 11

Fireside Chat: The Skills That Separate the Best Entrepreneurial Teams From the Rest 

Monday, November 11 at 6 p.m.

Krause Learning Space, 221 Chambers Building on campus

Join Frank Koe, Penn State Professor of Engineering, as he talks with Betsy Campbell, the founder of Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs and several technology ventures, about her latest book, The Innovator's Discussion: The Conversational Skills of Entrepreneurial Teams. Participants will learn about the core competencies that differentiate successful and unsuccessful teams. They also will learn techniques to cultivate these essential skills within their own innovative entrepreneurial teams.

Pop Up Startups: How to Shakeup the Typical Storefront

Monday, November 11 at 6 p.m.

Discovery Space, 1224 N. Atherton St.

Pop-up shops are taking over the retail world and rethinking traditional brick-and-mortar and big-box stores, while food trucks are moving away from their bland beginnings and are gaining popularity as a trendy pop-up restaurant option. During this panel discussion, learn from local successful business owners who have expertise in these types of businesses. They will discuss their successes and lessons learned and what you need to know to get started with your food truck or pop-up shop. You can also learn the regulations and permitting needed to be in compliance for this rapidly expanding type of business.


Tuesday, November 12 

HR Policies: How to Keep and Attract Employees

Tuesday, November 12 at 8 a.m.

CBICC Office, 131 S. Fraser St., #1

Looking for strategies to maintain and grow your business while also retaining and recruiting top talent? Current research shows that top employees are not afraid to leave their current company if they find better compensation or employment opportunities elsewhere. Join us for this morning event where guest speaker Jeff Krauss, from the HR Office, will cover best practices for policies, benefits, and unique selling propositions to help your company retain employees while attracting new ones. 

Breakfast provided by Fulton Bank with Duck Donuts and coffee.

The First Step to Small Business Success 

Tuesday, November 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Schlow Library, 211 S. Allen St.

Have you always had the dream to start your own business but didn’t know where to begin? This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs begin the process of owning a successful business, including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring financing options.

Finding Out the Truth About Your Idea: How to Talk to Customers to See if Your Idea is Worth Pursuing

Tuesday, November 12 at Noon

Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

Successful startups fix problems and meet the needs of their customers. But, before they can build a solution to do that, they need to verify that potential customers actually have the problem they think they do. This workshop provides actionable advice and best practices on using customer discovery to better understand your customer's problem, who they are, and the potential solution they are searching for.

Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation Panel

Tuesday, November 12 at 4:35 p.m.

104 Keller Auditorium on campus

A panel of hospitality industry executives will be discussing the challenges and opportunities in hospitality entrepreneurship. This dynamic panel will be facilitated through a moderator covering topics including business planning, competitive analysis, feasibility, funding, marketing and branding, and organizational growth. 

Veteran Entrepreneurship Presentation and Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 12 at 6 p.m.

Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

The military teaches you lifelong skills, and many of these skills are transferable in becoming an entrepreneur. Effectively managing risk, operating under pressure, and being resourceful are just a few qualities needed in both business and the military. Hear from a panel of local veteran business owners on how they successfully started their own businesses.

Student Startup Mixer

Tuesday, November 12 at 8 p.m.

Happy Valley LaunchBox, 224 S. Allen St.

Have you ever been curious about working with a student startup or early stage business?  This is your chance to informally meet with representatives from several student startups looking for students for spring or summer opportunities.  No matter your where your talents or passion lies, likely there is a match for you at this event.  Stop by, enjoy some free food and network with students who are passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation and ideation.  


Wednesday, November 13

Intrapreneurship: A Starting Point

Wednesday, November 13 at 5 p.m.

221 Hammond Building on campus

Intrapreneurship means acting entrepreneurially within an existing company. This talk will further define intrapreneurship and explore how to identify entrepreneurial companies that are receptive to having you employ your entrepreneurial mindset while practicing entrepreneurial leadership skills. Time spent in an intrapreneurial firm provides opportunities to garner valuable experience while determining if entrepreneurship is something worthy of full-time consideration.

Passport to Great Food and Brews: Happy Valley AgVentures

Wednesday, November 13 at 6 p.m.

Maine Bay & Berry, 201 Elmwood St.

Central Pennsylvania has a wide-range of food and spirits to satisfy the pickiest of palates. Learn more about our area’s food and spirits trail, hear from local entrepreneurs, and sample some of our own locally-sourced food at this networking mixer. 

Ten Things I Learned From My First Podcast

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library

Los Angeles Times Reporter Christopher Goffard will discuss the making of “Dirty John,” a true-crime podcast about a con man who exploits a wealthy middle-aged woman he meets on an Internet dating site.


Thursday, November 14

Creating a Content Strategy Plan

Thursday, November 14 at Noon

New Leaf Initiative, 243 S. Allen St. #337

Do you want to leverage your business’s social media presence more effectively? This seminar can provide you the tools and insight needed to enhance your social media skills and take your company to the next level.


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