Global Entrepreneurship Week at NC State

November 16 - 20, 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. 

During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.

The GEW events at NC State connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

November 16, 2015

Speed Networking for Social Entrepreneurs

4:30 pm  - 6:30 pm
Location: Nelson Hall, Port City Java Commons
Description: Speed Networking for Social Entrepreneurs is designed to connect NC State students and local social entrepreneurs for a fun and interactive networking session. Join us for Speed Networking at 4:30pm followed by open networking and a reception at 5:30pm.
Details and RSVP.

November 17, 2015

Community of Nonprofit Scholars (CONS)

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Location: James B. Hunt Jr. Library - 1070 Partners Way. Room 4106
Description: Students, faculty, and nonprofit leaders are invited to a presentation and discussion on the internationally acclaimed Birthing Project USA. Ms. Hall-Trujillo will discuss the challenges and accomplishments of leading this dynamic nonprofit. The event will take place at Hunt Library and is free and open to the public, however space is limited. For more information visit: For more information and a ticket, CLICK HERE.

Sustainable Spirits

5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Circa 1888
Description: Sustainable Spirits is a networking event for local sustainable entrepreneurs and professionals hosted by the NC Composting Council, Swinerton Renwable Energy, and the NC State Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative. For more information contact
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November 18, 2015

Innovation Hall Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location: James B. Hunt Jr. Library - 1070 Partners Way. Room 4106
Description: In collaboration with the Entrepreneurship Initiative, a casual breakfast gathering will be held on campus at Innovation Hall, the campus site for NC State’s entrepreneurship living and learning community. Presentation and discussion will focus on social entrepreneurship, including the cross disciplinary skills required to launch and sustain a nonprofit. This event is free and open only to students, staff and faculty. For more information and a ticket, CLICK HERE.

Dinners With Purpose

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: James B. Hunt Jr. Library - 1070 Partners Way. Duke Energy Hall ABC
Descripion: The culminating event of Ms. Hall-Trujillo’s visit to NC State will be a casual buffet style dinner with presentation and conversation centering on how to find our passion and a purposeful path in our studies and work. Students, faculty and staff across the campus are encouraged to attend as are community leaders in both the social and business sectors. The event will take place at Hunt Library and is free and open to the public, however space is limited. For more information and a ticket, CLICK HERE.

November 19, 2015

Pop-Up Lunch & Learn

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: HOC-127-EI-Multipurpose Room
Description: The Pop-Up Lunch & Learn series invites a speaker to discuss topics of interest in entrepreneurship as selected by NC State students.

"Conversation with Steve Zelnak"

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse, 1509 Main Campus Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606, USA
Description: Steve Zelnak, retired CEO and Chairman of Martin Marietta Materials will hold a fireside chat with Dean Weiss discussing his new venture after retirement.
For more information, contact

November 20, 2015

InnovateHER with the SBA

7:00 pm  - 9:00 pm
Location: NC State College of Textiles
Description: InnovateHER is a pitch competition for women-owned companies, hosted by Poole College of Management and the College of Textiles.
For more information, please
Here the link to the application to apply for the competition. The deadline is November 15. If you are interested please submit an application, and even if you aren't interested in competing we would love to have everyone at the event on November 20.

Find more NC State GEW Events

Global Entrepreneurship Week at NC State is hosted by:

  • The Poole College of Management
  • Poole College Business Sustainability Collaborative
  • Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • Social Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • The Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • The College of Textiles

Business Sustainability Collaborative Library: