School of Business to Host Global Entrepreneurship Week: November 13-17

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, Cougars and faculty at the School of Business have one thing on their minds other than turkey – Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEW) initiative, while just nine years old, has truly made its mark on the business world. Its founders work with partners from more than 170 different countries, collaborating to create events that connect novice, veteran and aspiring entrepreneurs with one another.

The College of Charleston will join the initiative with a week packed full of lectures and networking events for students, faculty and the community. Featured guests include: former CEO of People Matter, Nate DaPore; impact entrepreneurship expert, Stuart Williams; and chairman of the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce, Stephen Gilchrist  among several other distinguished innovators.

For a full list of speakers and events, check out the lineup below.

The Story of Jyve: From Entrepreneurship Classroom to Tech Startup

Monday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium

Join Brandon Brooks ’15, Will Bragunier ’16, Shannon Caulk ’17 and Michael Buhler ’18 as they talk about their journey as young entrepreneurs, highlighting how they came up with a platform that helps musicians gain visibility and venues discover new talent. RSVP here.

Regional Economic Development in Charleston

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Tate 207

Cougars are invited to join Frank Hefner, Ph.D, Peter Calcagno Ph.D, and Steven Dykes on Tuesday for a panel discussion focusing on regional economic development on the peninsula and the greater Charleston area. The event is cosponsored by the Center for Public Choice and Market Process. A light reception will follow. RSVP here.

Skin in the Game: A Discussion on Race and Entrepreneurship in America

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2-3:15 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium

This year’s George G. Spaulding Series Distinguished Speaker is Stephen Gilchrist, chairman of the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce. Gilchrist will facilitate a discussion on race and entrepreneurship in America, highlighting the obstacles facing many minority small business owners. The Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker Series was established in 1995 by the late George G. Spaulding, former General Motors executive, Post & Courier columnist and the first Executive-in-Residence at the School of Business. RSVP here. Please note, an RSVP is required for this event.

Business of Water Special Guest Luncheon

Friday, Nov. 17, 12-1:30 p.m, in Tate 202

South Carolina Ports Authority permit manager, Mark Messersmith; impact investing expert and School of Business Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Stuart Williams; and chief of the Vessel Security Division at the United States Coast Guard, Marine Safety Center, LT. J.B. Zorn will come together for a lively discussion on water and its impact on local, national and international communities from an economic and social perspective. Invitation only.

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