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2020 Global Entrepreneurship Week

Posted by Samantha Schupanitz on Nov 04, 2020

Global Entrepreneurship Week: Celebration and Resource Partner Highlight 

November is here and Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is right around the corner! This year has been unlike anything we have seen before, especially in the small business and entrepreneurial community. It is time to celebrate all the successes, big and small during this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 16-21. 

Made possible by the Kauffman Foundation,Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions – GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey. 

Founded in 2008, GEW inspires millions each year to explore their potential while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems to empower entrepreneurs and strengthen communities. GEW provides an opportunity to expand your organization’s reach beyond traditional audiences and energize new partnerships or increased membership. It also can open doors to an international audience and connect your local network to a global community.

The GEW celebration empowers organizations by building deeper connections and engagement throughout the year between active and inspiring entrepreneurs along with investors, mentors, corporates, community leaders, media and other startup support champions. Discover GEW events near you.

Resource Partner Highlight: NIACC's John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week  

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center of North Iowa Area Community College in conjunction with the Iowa Small Business Development Center have prepared several events in spirit of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Check out their wide range of events going on throughout the week!  

  • NIACC Student Entrepreneur Engagement: Vision Boards 101 | November 16 | 12:30-1:30pm 
    Feeding a growth mindset using your own goals! Participants will create a collage of images and words by cutting out of various magazines. The Vision Board represents the student’s wishes and goals, intended to serve as inspiration and motivation. It also helps clarify what you want out of your life because it forces you to put something down. It can help define your short and long-term goals and guide the decisions you make along the way. No registration required. Contact Kelley.O'Rourke@niacc.edu.
  • TechBrew | November 17 | 5-7pm | Virtual
    TechBrew is a casual monthly networking event bringing together entrepreneurs, technologists, business people and investors from across North Iowa. Join like-minded North Iowans for an evening of creative thinking, conversation, and connections. Join us for a virtual TechBrew with our sponsors Henkel Construction and Accord Architecture. Contact mary.spitz@niacc.edu with questions. 
  • Targeted Small Business Information Session | November 18 | 9-10am | Webinar |  Register Here 
    The Iowa Economic Development Authority Targeted Small Business (TSB) Program is designed to help women, minorities, individuals with disabilities or service-disabled veterans overcome some of the hurdles in starting and growing a small business in Iowa by connecting them with local resources, educational materials, networking events and financial opportunities.
  • Start Smart | November 18 | 6-8pm | Webinar |  Register Here 
    Registration is required to get the Zoom link, contact Mary Spitz at 641.422.4342 or mary.spitz@niacc.edu. The NIACC Pappajohn Center and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is offering a free two-hour online webinar, designed for anyone who is considering starting a business. At Start Smart, participants will learn how to create a business plan, do market research, discuss different types of business ownership, and learn how to register a business
  • Venture School Launch Day Competition | November 19 | 5:30-9pm | Learn More
    The Fall 2020 cohort of the North Iowa Venture School will compete in the Venture School Launch Day Competition Thursday, November 19th. Each team will present their pitch to a panel of judges, followed by a Q&A. Up to $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. The event will be held via Zoom and in-person at the Muse-Norris Conference Center at NIACC with social distancing and masks required.
  • Financial Friday: SBA COVID-19 Assistance Update | November 20 | 9-10am | Webinar | Register Here 
    Dave Lentell, Lead Lender Relations Specialist and Public Information Officer for the Iowa District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, joins us for a special edition of Financial Friday webinar during Global Entrepreneurship Week. What’s the latest information on COVID-19 assistance available to business owners? Dave Lentell will walk you through what we know and what we don't, and what business owners can do next.