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Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 11, 2008

The Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) is a sponsor of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international effort to inspire and encourage young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice and to celebrate America’s unique culture of inventiveness.

The theme of the week, which runs from Nov. 17-23, is “Unleashing Ideas!” and is supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Here is a sampling of the events taking place on and off campus:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 18: Entrepreneurial Deli, Pyle Center, 6-8 p.m. After positive feedback from last year’s event, students are coming back for seconds at this year’s Entrepreneurial Deli. Hosted by Madison MAGNET, students will have the opportunity to hear from several successful young entrepreneurs in a speed-dating format, including current or former UW-Madison students.

Technology Entrepreneurship Seminar, 1180 Grainger Hall, 3:30 p.m. Guanming Shi, professor of agricultural and applied economics, leads this INSITE research seminar exploring industrial organization, intellectual property rights and agricultural biotechnology.

  • Wednesday, Nov. 19: Retail Leadership Symposium, 21 School of Human Ecology, 1:30 p.m. An industry leader from Crate & Barrel, one of the nation’s largest retailers of upscale housewares, will present and take questions from students.

An Evening with Mark McGuire, 1310 Grainger Hall (Plenary Room), 7 p.m. Serial entrepreneur Mark McGuire will talk about his many successes in the entrepreneurial world, including his experiences with Nameprotect.com, jellyfish.com and alice.com, all successful Web sites he has created.

  • Thursday, Nov. 20: WIN Luncheon, DJ Bordini Center, Fox Valley Technical College, Appleton, 4:45 p.m. Doug Bradley and Allen Dines, representing the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, will speak about university efforts to build an entrepreneurial culture on and off campus.

Global Economic Crisis Panel, 1100 Grainger Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. How did a crisis in the U.S. housing market grow into a full-blown global economic crisis? What do these events mean for the global economy, governments, businesses and average people around the world? Join professors Menzie Chinn, Mark Copelovitch, Edward Friedman, Darian Ibrahim, Mark Ready and Jeffrey Diermeier for a discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, Nov. 21: Innovation & Collaboration Learning Cafe Series, Pyle Center, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants share success stories of creative ideas that have been transformed into innovations in their workplaces, classrooms, communities and lives. The Cafe Series seeks to sustain learning about creative thinking and integrate it into the way we teach, research and work together.

For more information on international business or entrepreneurial education, research and internships, visit this site.

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