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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

Save the Date for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

November 14-18, 2016
Join us in celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship across AU!

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 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. Last year, American University's inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week was held on November 16-22, 2015 and engaged over 400 students from across the university. Due to the number of events and large turnout, American University ranked 1st out of DC area colleges and universities. This year we want to engage even more students who have innovative ideas, thinking about starting a business or want a career in a startup. Global Entrepreneurship Week will feature an exciting array of entrepreneurial events, including an entrepreneurship rapid fire pitch competition. All GEW Events and Programs are open to all American University undergraduate and graduate students.

Big Idea Video Pitch Competition! Registration now open. Create a two-minute video showing your idea and solution. $2,000 in cash prizes! For more information and to register, please visit

Schedule of GEW 2016 Events

All events will require registration via EventBrite. Register for specific events by clicking on the event names below.

  • Monday, November 14
    Butler Board Room, 4-5:30 p.m.
    Spotlight on Success
    Learn how to navigate your own success from former model turned entrepreneur, and now investor at Gen Y Capital Partners.
    • Lauren Maillian, Host of “Quit Your Day Job” on Oxygen

  • Tuesday, November 15
    Butler Board Room, 6-8 p.m.
    Sports & Entertainment
    Learn about entrepreneurial and business opportunities in film and sports.
    • Deon Jones, Digital Marketing Project Manager at OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
    • Terri Carmichael Jackson, Director of Operations, WNBPA & Former AU Professor

  • Wednesday, November 16
    Kogod Student Lounge, 4:30 - 7 p.m.
    Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Technology
    Hear from our partners in Biotech in CAS on how to grow a business.
    • Prof. Erran Carmel, Information Technology, AU
    • Ellen Greytak, Director of Bioinformatics, Parabon NanoLabs
    • Carl Winfree, Founder and Principal, Walker Terrace

  • Thursday, November 17
    Mary Graydon Center, 3-4, 5-7 p.m.
    How to Change the World via Social Entrepreneurship
    Meet academics and practitioners who are using business to solve major social problems. Co-sponsored by Halcyon Incubator.
    • Ryan Ross, Program Director, Halcyon Incubator & Incubator Fellows

  • Friday, November 18
    Mary Graydon Center Rooms #3-4, 4:15 – 6: 15 p.m.
    Rapid Fire Pitch Competition
    Students solve real start-up problems, and the big idea pitch competition winners are announced. Co-sponsored by the AU Incubator.

Schedule is subject to change.

GEW Partners

Halcyon Incubator
AU College of Arts and Sciences
AU Incubator
Social Enterprise Association