From presentations at the local farmers market to a student-led workshop on research initiatives and making the perfect pitch, Lenoir-Rhyne University's Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship (CCSE) has planned multiple events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 12-18.
The lineup of events provides area entrepreneurs the chance to network, learn from each other, and advance their business ideas. The week will feature German guest Uwe Kaspers, Ph.D., who will present on dual vocational training and social entrepreneurship projects.
"This year's event will mark the fifth year of international cooperation between LR and the Lutheran University of Applied Sciences at Nuremberg," said Ralph Griffith, Ph.D., associate professor of entrepreneurship and director of the CCSE. "We are deeply grateful for this partnership, and the countless hours of time, patience, and perseverance that our advocates put into this annual event."
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, LR Belk Centrum
TEDxHickory / Global Entrepreneurship Week Kick-off
This event brings local people together to celebrate those doing things to make a difference or those inventing new items. Several speakers will share their ideas to inspire others in the Catawba Valley region. (Must purchase a ticket.) Learn more at tedxhickory.com.
7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, LR P.E. Monroe Auditorium
Visiting Writers Series: Matthias Göritz and Aaron Coleman
In collaboration with the LR Visiting Writers Series, Matthias Göritz and Aaron Coleman will be featured speakers. Göritz is the author of three collections of poetry, two novellas, and two novels. Göritz recently published his most recent novel, "Parker: Roman," in early 2018. Coleman is the author of two collections of poetry and has been published in journals such as "Boston Review," "FENCE," and "New York Times Magazine." He released his newest full-length collection, "Threat Come Close," in March 2018.
5 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, The Market on Main
The Edison Project, co-sponsored by LR and the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce, is a celebration and recognition of the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit in the area. Individuals will compete with other startup entrepreneurs for an economic incentive of $16,000 in cash: ($8,000 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.
5 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, LR Rhyne 149
Fast Pitch Event
This event is a campus and community favorite. Contestants have one minute to market their concept. Audience members receive fake money to vote for their favorite contestants. The top ten ideas will receive a $100 gift card. This year will feature an awards ceremony – Business. Well Crafted Awards.
6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, LR George Hall
German Visitors and Guest Speakers
The public is invited to learn about entrepreneurship from German guest Uwe Kaspers, Ph.D., who will present on dual vocational training and social entrepreneurship projects.
10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, LR Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship in Mauney Hall
CCSE Research Initiatives
Santiago Ambroggio, a senior entrepreneurship major, will present the center's research initiatives on creativity and entrepreneurship.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, Downtown Hickory
Innov828 Meets Hickory Farmers Market
Student entrepreneurs of The Center for Commercial and Social Entrepreneurship at LR present their innovations at the local Hickory Farmers Market to sell, receive feedback, and showcase the center's initiative within the community.
Founded in 2013, LR'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.