Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a week-long international initiative aimed to inspire and recognize entrepreneurs. It is the largest celebration of those who invent products and create new companies and start-up businesses in addition to those who use their business to create a social change. This year, GEW takes place on November 16th- 22nd with thousands of events and activities planned globally.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center of Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship (CCSE) will be hosting close to thirty events for GEW with various speakers, workshops, roundtable discussions, and presentations. This year’s events will include presentation and participation from faculty in multiple disciplines, international partners, local and regional entrepreneurs, and Lenoir-Rhyne University student business.

Lenoir-Rhyne University CCSE is once again co-sponsoring the Edison Project in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce, the SBTDC, SBA, and CVCC. The Edison Project is a local competition that recognizes the spirit of entrepreneurship in Catawba County held at Catawba Valley Community College on November 16th and kicks off the week of events.

Convo credit is available for all events!

    MON 16th TUE 17th WED 18th THU 19th FRI 20th
10 AM Amanda Pearce Dr. Jayme Linton Katie Pate Trish Cooper Uwe Kaspers
    Scammed Into Success: How I Became An Entrepreneur Rethinking School The Best Brand Transforming Adversity into Opportunity Social Impact Bonds
    Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum
11 AM GEW Kickoff Stephen Dean, VP of Sales for Tessamae's

Boomer Sassman

Internet Consultant

Big Boom Design

David Oakley, Founder and Creative Director of BooneOakley

Christopher Dremann

Intellectual Property Attorney

    What is Global Entrepreneurship Week? Who are all these speakers? Learn more about Global Entreprenuership Week and get convo credit for it! Serving the Mission Time Management Tools for Busy Entrepreneurs Telling Brand Stories Intellectual Property for Entreprenuers
    Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum
12 PM Dr. Scott Schaefer Dr. Ralph Griffth

Vicki Murray, CEO

Safe Harbor Rescue Mission

Dr. Klaus Schellberg

Cesar Hernandez, Founder

Medium Rare Strategy

    Biomimicry and Sustainability Come hear the newest company ideas on campus Why a Social Enterprise? Social Return on Investment (streaming from Germany) Millennials: An Entrepreneurial Generation
    Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum
1 PM Simon Ebert and Felix Weiß, (Visiting German Students)

Dr. Veronica McComb with Jordan Makant and Amanda Marshall

Houston Harris, Principal

Full Metal Chicken

Brian Vetter, Chief of Sales Charlie McBurney
    Benchmark on Administration Costs of Social Services in Germany Reboot! Teaching and Learning History in the Digital Age The Free-Range Entrepreneur Tessamae's: All Natural Salad Dressing Micro-lending for Small Businesses (Streaming in from the United Kingdom)
    Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum Belk Centrum
5 PM

Edison Project Competition (5-7PM)

In its fifth year, the Edison Project has highlighted and worked with many budding entrepreneurs and provided, through tough competition and mentorship, cash awards for the top three most promising new companies. Come be a part of North Carloina small business history!

Jordan Makant Anna Bayer and Martin Westermann (Visiting German Students)

Sabine Deuerling (Visiting German Student)

GEW Closing Celebration
      Social Entrepreneurship is an
Attitude: Little Free
Libraries and
Perceiving Needs
Workplace Health Promotion in Residential Geriatric Care Helping Immigrants Integrate into the Healthcare Labor Market All presenters and participants of Global Entrepreneurship Week are invited to attend the closing celebration.
    CVCC- Main Auditorium CCSE Grace Chapel Grace Chapel CCSE
6 PM   Alex Freeman, CEO Open House Will Bass, CEO  
      Bottoms Up Box: New Student Venture Visit the Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship for fun, games, and food! Learn why the space is decorated the way it is and why there's an empty room with stuff in it. Catcher's Heel: New Student Venture  
      CCSE CCSE Grace Chapel  
7 PM   Geoff Booth Marti Mongiello LR Student Entrepreneurs  
      Education, Training, and Being Entrepreneurial in the Hospitality Sector

Successful Vetrepreneur, former White House chef, former Camp David Resort manager

Marti will be signing his new books, Presidential Flavors and Inside the President's Cabinet, after his talk.

 FREE dessert will be provided!!

Panel Discussions  
      Rhyne 149 Grace Chapel Grace Chapel