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NOVEMBER 16-21, 2015

UNC-Chapel Hill is set to host its fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week this year, occurring Nov. 16-21, 2015.
Presented by: Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Innovate@Carolina, and the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise
Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week worldwide celebrates innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. It has grown to more than 160 countries,
reaching more than 10 million people across the globe.

UNC-Chapel Hill has emerged as one of the leading universities in the country championing this effort and one of the leading regional efforts across the nation. It has just been ranked as one of the nation’s top two university partners of Global Entrepreneurship Week USA and has also ranked among the top three community country partners nationwide.

Events will be held at the University and in downtown Chapel Hill, and include keynote speakers and panelists from the founders of Defy Ventures, Redwoods Group, WoeLab, GreenChar, Sqord, among others, a testament to how entrepreneurship and innovation can change the world in rebuilding lives after incarceration, 3D printing, youth development, public health, child protection, technology, gamification, economic development, impact investing, food, and other sectors.

Bringing one of the nation’s most creative and revolutionary leaders in the social innovation space to North Carolina, one of the speakers
at Global Entrepreneurship Week this year will be Catherine Hoke. Hoke has been named one of the top most creative people in business by Fast Company and has received a humanitarian award for her achievements addressing the problem of mass incarceration and recidivism in the U.S.

Another global young leader will be traveling all the way from Togo to speak at Global Entrepreneurship Week this year. Sename Koffi, founder of Woelab, which built the world's first 3D printer made out of e-waste scrapped from landfills also received the Global Fab Award, an award for the most creative and collaborative digital fabrication initiative in the world.

Among the line up of events, GEW at UNC will also include a pitch party hosted by the Carolina Challenge and an exciting entrepreneurship networking event. There will be an event on B Corporations, entrepreneurship and the law, a Map-A-Thon, and an event themed around diversity in entrepreneurship, and an event featuring alumni entrepreneurs paving their own path. There will even be a hands-on human-centered design-thinking workshop led by one of the nation’s top design thinking experts who is coming to the triangle, offering a chance for the triangle’s community and various campuses to come together to cook up ideas for tackling the food insecurity crisis in NC.

At the end, judges will announce the winning ideas with a cash prize so that the idea can get implemented.

Many of us have heard the terms hackathons, designathons, entrepreneurathons but during Global Entrepreneurship Week, UNC will be hosting its first ever Reverse Pitch-AThon. Inspired by Einstein’s quote: “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about the solution,” the idea for this event is that before anyone can even start to develop their idea for a venture, project, or initiative, they need to first identify, define and understand the problem they hope to tackle. First, before becoming an innovator or an entrepreneur, they are, first and foremost, a detective.

During GEW, there will even be a series of pro-bono office hours offered throughout the week, all open to the public at Launch Chapel Hill- everything from free accounting help to legal and communications support to business advising for both startups and nonprofits - and 1 Million Cups will feature 2 startups at the Frontier!

Each year, more than 1,000 people participate at the week’s events and organizers say that tickets for this year’s events are running out fast. All events are free and open to the public so get your tickets while you still can!

Entrepreneurs, individuals in the community, students from across the triangle, faculty, professionals, alumni, really – anyone is invited to attend and there’s something for everyone! This is an opportunity for the triangle to come together, get inspired, build meaningful connections, and get practical help.

There is a menu to choose from during Global Entrepreneurship Week - something for everyone - so we recommend you check out the website and get your tickets before they sell out!

Information & Tickets: | @GEWatUNC #GEW2015 |

Themes will include: #social innovation, #sustainability, #food for all, #design thinking,
#public health, #gamification, #3D printing, #impact investing, #clean energy,
#incarceration in America, #technology, #child protection, #community development,
#urban spaces, #cartography, #diverse lenses #B corporations, #inclusive innovation,
and #legal innovation.

For more details on Global Entrepreneurship Week powered by the Kauffman
Foundation worldwide:

Link to more info about the local event:


Later Event: November 16
Salsa Dancing at Roots Bistro