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GBSN Member Schools Mark Global Entrepreneurship Week

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Page Schindler BuchananAround the globe our network is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with a variety of events designed to inspire and inform. Here are just a few of the activities from GBSN member schools. Want to share your GEW event or tell us how it went? Email me at

Stay tuned to the blog all week long for more on GEW and activities from the network.

Global Entrepreneurship Week


University of South Carolina (USA)

Final round of "The Proving Ground” business plan competition

In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, we are holding the finals of The Proving Ground, a business plan competition that is the University of South Carolina’s entrepreneurial challenge. On Tuesday, November 13, seven student teams will go head-to-head as they compete for over $40,000 in cash and startup support. The Proving Ground began in September and was open to any student in the University of South Carolina system. Visit the competition web site at and our Facebook page at


George Washington University (USA)

Launch of the Global Entrepreneurship Barometer and film screening of "The Start-Up Kids”

George Mason University and the Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE) at George Washington University (GWU), will co-host the Washington DC premiere of the film: The Start-Up Kids. This event is free of charge and will also feature the launch of CEPP's Global Entrepreneurship Barometer.

The Startup Kids is a documentary about young web entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Europe. This engaging film contains interviews with the founders of Vimeo, Soundcloud, Kiip, InDinero, Dropbox, Foodspotting and many others who talk about how they started their company and their lives as entrepreneurs.

The Global Entrepreneurship Barometer (GEBAR) provides an annual 'weather report' for global entrepreneurship that is productive and enhances economic growth. Further information on GEBAR will be released after its launch November 16!

DATE: Friday, November 16, 2012
TIME: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
LOCATION: Duques & Funger Complex; 4th Floor Duques; RM 453 Undergrad Lounge, George Washington University, 2201 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Admission is free but registration is required: Register here


SDA Bocconi (Italy)

"Let’s start from ideas” competition winners announced

On October 30th 2012, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Corriere della Sera, Armando Testa, and Intesa Sanpaolo announced the winners of the competition "Let’s start from ideas”, launched in May 2012 aimed at supporting the development of new business ideas to be implemented in Italy.

350 candidates showed that Italy is the land of creativity and innovation. 30 finalists were selected and offered a training course to transform innovative ideas into business ventures. 10 ideas were selected as the winners of the competition.
The ten winning ideas are mainly concentrated in the fields of fashion, food, transport and new B2C services, and share the vocation to the use of new technologies.

"The competition has a significant symbolic value" - said Alberto Grando, Dean of SDA Bocconi School of Management , "and it sends the positive message that our country can trigger processes of growth."

The ten business projects will be accompanied in their evolution through a dedicated website


Babson College

Week-long celebration featuring speaking events and activities

Babson College will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 on November 9th -16th with a series of events and activities. An initiative supported by the Arthur M. Blank Center of Entrepreneurship, the Babson led events are part of thousands that will take place across 120 countries for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

In line with Babson College’s role as an educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds, Babson’s collection of events highlight the institutions priority to further progressive entrepreneurial education with both the student body and the greater community.


UNC Kenan-Flagler (USA)

How entrepreneurship can save the planet

Tom Szaky, chief executive officer and founder of Terracycle, Inc., will speak about "How Entrepreneurship Can Save Our Planet” at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School on Wed., Nov. 14.

Entrepreneur magazine named Terracyle, which provides free waste collection programs for hard to recycle materials and turns them into affordable green products, one of "100 Brilliant Ideas in 2010,” and Inc. magazine called his startup "The Coolest Little Start-up in America."

Szaky will speak from 5:30-6 p.m. in Koury Auditorium at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

And an overview of all that’s going on across the university:!home/mainPage


ESSEC (France)

Inaugural forum of the Council on Business and Society

ESSEC will be hosting the first form of the Council on Business and Society, which is an alliance of five leading business schools from around the globe.

The partnering schools — ESSEC Business School; Keio Business School; School of Management, Fudan University; Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth; and the University of Mannheim, Business School — were selectively chosen for their stature in the international community and the common vision they share of fostering academic excellence and the importance of a broad view of the role of business in society. Their goal: To marshall their substantial intellectual and professional resources in the pursuit of knowledge and ideas that will make an impact both in the world of management education and in the messy, complex world of daily life.

Details on the council can be found here:

And the event details and registration information is here:


IBA Karachi (Pakistan)

Event with the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America and IBA’s Entrepreneurship Society

The IBA Entrepreneurship Society and OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America) in collaboration with the US Consulate presents Global Entrepreneurship week at IBA on 14th of Novemeber, 2012. The venue for the conference is IBA Main Campus.

The aim is to create awareness regarding the opportunities present in Entrepreneurship and also to relate entrepreneurship with the rise in Globalization, which has led to integrated and interdependent economies. The benefits of attending the conference include the following:

  • OPEN will address students on how their organization can provide them assistance in pursuance of their ideas.
  • Get informed on how the changing landscape of the Global environment shapes not only the kind of entrepreneurial ventures that succeed but also whether or not entrepreneurial spirit is promoted.
  • Have your voice heard through an engrossing debating competition

Here is the link for the facebook page/group for the event:

For more details or any other queries regarding the event, Feel free to contact Saad Azhar Mirza-President OPEN IBA Executive Council at 0331-9090721 or


Enterprise Development Center (EDC), Pan-African University (Nigeria)

GEW walk, workshops, dialogues, dinner and more

To kick off the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012, there will be a campaign walk in Lagos to create awareness of entrepreneurship. Stakeholders will be invited to be part of the walk which will include the State Government. Additionally, EDC will host a workshop on event management, dialogues with students and the social sector, an awards dinner, a live business clinic, and a conversation around agriculture in Nigeria. There will also be a week-long radio program on topics in entrepreneurship on Classic FM 97.3FM.

Click here for more information on the events and radio programming

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