November 16 – 22, 2020 at Penn State Altoona
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of
- Anyone interested in ideation
Penn State Altoona marks another successful Global Entrepreneurship Week
GEW 2019 Testimonial
“For Global Entrepreneur Week, the two sections of English 137H, Rhetoric and Civic Life I, introduced students to Elevator Speeches. We asked students to compose a pitch for the topic on which Penn State Altoona’s 2020 Common Read should focus. This assignment exercised our students’ abilities to present clear, concise ideas as well as their skills in presenting themselves as authorities. When discussing this assignment, students immediately saw that the writing and speaking techniques they’ve been developing all semester can transfer to venues outside the classroom, specifically venues in which they want to be decision makers. These real world applications not only “justify” classroom work but have the power to inspire students to imagine possibilities for themselves, secure in the knowledge that they have some tools that could make those ideas realities.”
Associate Professor of English
Honors Program Coordinator
Penn State Altoona
Entrepreneurs In Residence
Jamie Van Buren, Owner, PennStress and GT Entrepreneurs
We were fortunate to have Jamie at the Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence, meeting with Penn State Altoona students during GEW.
Here are some of the student take-aways after their meeting with Jamie Van Buren:
- “To have a purpose in the things you do. Go for things you want, don’t let them come to you. Find something you like to do first.”
- “Plan. Plan. Plan. Put yourself into the position. You’ll know when to take the leap.”
- “Flexibility is key; Straight line is not a thing. Plan on getting your “Obstacles” over with first. A good Plan A, has a good Plan B, has a good Plan C.”
Richard Singer, Retired, Experience in Strategic Planning, Business, and Engineering
Richard Singer met one-on-one with the students also, and here are their take-aways:
- Management leads into leadership as you go through your career. Work hard to achieve your goals. Find something you love to do for a career.
- Take risks. Grow in 3 directions: technical, applications, & responsibility. Things happen by accident but take advantage of them.
- Singer had a lot of great information and a lot of experience to share. He talked to me about graduate school and gave me great advice.
- Loved the conversation about security clearance. Talked about how and why he moved to Altoona PA. Talked about how cool the government agencies are. The CIA, and FBI and NSA.
Dr. Betsy Campbell, Author, The Innovator’s Discussion: The Conversational Skills of Entrepreneurial Teams
Fast Track to Success Networking for Students
This was an opportunity to:
- Gain insight, perspective, and advice
- Sharpen communication skills for the real work
- Pursue connections that could lead to an internship or job
Effective Business Planning Workshop
With Jeff Boldizar, Director, St. Francis SBDC
Social Media Ads Accelerator Program with Rob Z
Is My Idea Patentable?
With Lori Lysiak