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Lenoir-Rhyne to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than a dozen events
Lenoir-Rhyne to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than a dozen events

From a demonstration on 3D printing to workshops on social return on investments and making the perfect pitch, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship (CCSE) has planned nearly a dozen events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 13-19.

The lineup of events provides area entrepreneurs the chance to network, learn from each other, and advance their business ideas.

"Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to celebrate Lenoir-Rhyne and community innovators, while also providing a forum for our next generation of leaders — not only to learn what it means to be an entrepreneur but to actually put it into practice," said Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the CCSE Dr. Ralph Griffith.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

Monday, Nov. 13
3D Printing Open House
LRU Rudisill Library
10-11 a.m.
Join the members of the CCSE and librarian Dawn Behrend as she introduces the new 3D Printing Lab. Come prepared to interact with this hands-on demonstration of the Makerbot 3D printer and laser digitizer.

Edison Project
Market on Main, 335 Main Ave. SW, Hickory
5:30-7:30 p.m.
The Edison Project, co-sponsored by the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, is a celebration and recognition of the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in the area. Support regional entrepreneurs as they compete for $18,000 in cash: ($10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place, and $3,000 for third place), plus other pro-bono benefits for the best new entrepreneurial business ideas.

For the first time, LRU has three teams in the Edison Finals, all who are currently in the Innov828 incubator. LRU representation includes:

  • Santiago Ambroggio – Buddy Case is a casing to cover a traditional inhaler, providing a more kid-friendly aesthetic. This inhaler case resembles a toy and would make children enjoy taking their medicine while gaining confidence to take control of their asthma.
  • Sercan Cihan, Tomas Hans, and Jens Roessler – InPort will help connect European student-athletes with coaches from American universities to obtain athletic scholarships. Each player will have a detailed profile, and a sophisticated algorithm will assist coaches in finding the perfect fit for their university team.
  • Bowen Collins, Abigail McGarel, Christopher Taylor, and Tylyn Triplett – Player Pass is a service that allows college students to easily and affordably attend sporting events off-campus. The all-inclusive trip package includes round-trip transportation, ticket to the event, and a meal for one price. Player Pass takes care of the details so students can have a fun, relaxing time.

Tuesday, Nov. 14
Innovation Sneak Peak
LRU Mauney 115
12:15-1:30 p.m.
Meet the entrepreneurs behind the campus' newest innovations. Team members will share their entrepreneurial ideas and will ask for feedback.

Fast Pitch Event
LRU Cromer Banquet Room
5-8 p.m.

This event is a campus favorite. Contestants have one minute to market their business concept. Audience members receive fake money to vote for their favorite contestants. The top ten ideas will receive a $100 gift card. Anybody can pitch an idea to win a share of the $1000 prize money.

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Vocational Training and Social ENTs in Germany
LRU Cromer Banquet Room
5-7 p.m.
Learn about entrepreneurship from German guests, who will present on Dual Vocational Training and Social Entrepreneurship Projects.

Movie Night
LRU Mauney 115
7-8:30 p.m.
Take a break from studying and bring friends to join the CCSE for "The Founder." Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, Nov. 16
How to Start a Business
CVCC Alexander Center for Education, Taylorsville
4-6 p.m.
Starting a business is a daunting task that can be overwhelming. This program provides an in-depth walk-through of the mechanics of developing a business concept, evaluating business feasibility, licensing, and basics of startup costing.

Social Return on Investment
LRU Cromer Banquet Room
5-6 p.m.
Learn about global entrepreneurship from speaker Dr. Klaus Schelburg, who will speak about Social Return on Investment.

LRU Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship
6 -7 p.m.
Learn from current LRU students being incubated in the CCSE as they share their entrepreneurship ideas, plans, and goals.

Friday, Nov. 17
Multicultural Entrepreneurship
LRU Cromer Banquet Room
10-11 a.m.
Learn about entrepreneurship from Santiago Ambroggio, a LRU sophomore who created MyBuddy Case. MyBuddy Case eliminates shame for asthmatics one case at a time.

Saturday, Nov. 18
LRU Cromer Banquet Room
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
(Must purchase a ticket.)
This event will celebrate those doing innovative things to make a difference in the world. Several speakers will share their ideas to inspire others in the Catawba Valley region.

Founded in 2013, LRU's CCSE looks to be the premier source for quality entrepreneurship education in higher education. The CCSE is complimented by two majors housed in the Snipes School of Business, Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship. The CCSE provides opportunities for students to partner with professionals and serves as a resource for organizations in all phases of development.