Global Entrepreneurship Week

Join us in 2018!  Check back for events to be held November 12-16, 2018 at Penn State Altoona.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the annual celebration of Penn State’s year-round commitment to innovation. It brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and cultivate student start-ups.

Each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national, and global events that help them explore their potential as innovators and self-starters.

If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own business, and enjoy spending time with like-minded members of the community, join us at GEW Penn State Altoona.

GEW Penn State Altoona. Start something here.


Here’s a look at the 2017 GEW events:


Student Entrepreneur Panel

College is a great time to start a business.  Four Penn State Altoona students talked about their passion to start their own business, their successes, challenges, future plans, and how Penn State Altoona is helping them to achieve their goals.  As pictured above (L-R), the panel included: Tim Campolong, Home Service Center; Jordan McCall, J&J Outdoors; Laura Shaeffer, LaDaDa Beauty; and Kayla Boucher, Kayla’s House Cleaning Service.

Conversation with Successful Women Entrepreneurs

Dr. Laura Bell, co-owner of Advanced Chiropractic (left) with Dr. Arela Rivas, owner of Blair County Acupuncture, shared their experience and advice during an afternoon session at Altoona LaunchBox.

Business Bootcamp: Writing Your Business Plan

Penn State Altoona partnered with the Small Business Development Center to offer a session titled Writing Your Business Plan, focusing on requisite elements of and the importance of a having a strong business plan.

Entrepreneur In Residence

Penn State Altoona students met one-on-one with Sarah Vogel, owner and artist, The Clay Cup, to learn about her business experiences and garner feedback on their big ideas and career goals.

Fast Track to Success


The Sheetz Fellows hosted Fast Track To Success, with more than 50 students networking with eight local business professionals.  The two-hour session offered students the opportunity to gain insight, perspective, and advice from seasoned professionals about real world business topics and issues, in addition to practicing their communication skills.


The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) club at Penn State Altoona is currently working with entrepreneurs from the Sheetz Fellows to learn aspects of information security as it pertains to network and computer security operations. The two groups are teamed with the hacking security firm GRIMM, that organizes and manages monthly Capture the Flag (CTF) challenges that entice individuals to creatively solve security issues and explore penetration testing techniques. These challenges provide the entrepreneurs and SRA club members the opportunity to gain valuable workplace experience and fosters a relationship between the SRA club and the Sheetz Fellows. In the spring semester, members of both groups will be divided into two teams for a regional hack-a-thon. One team will be set to defend a network, and another team will be tasked with penetrating and exploiting the network through any vulnerabilities they find during reconnaissance missions and other techniques learned from the previous challenges. Stay tuned!

Is My Idea Patentable?  Using Patents To Help You “Make It!”

Lori Lysiak, reference and instruction librarian, Robert E. Eiche Library, spoke about how entrepreneurs can protect their intellectual property with copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets.