Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Nov. 18-22, 2013


The Entrepreneurship Academy at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) fosters a collaborative community of entrepreneurs. This year, we are delighted to host our largest ever Global Entrepreneurship Week at IIT! This exciting, action-packed, and innovative week of events is brought to you by the IIT Entrepreneurship Academy (EA) in partnership with IIT Stuart School of Business, IIT Alumni Association, 1871, Undergraduate Business Council, Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization, and International Student Organization.

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. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Many thanks to IIT Global Entrepreneurship sponsors: MicrosoftElance, Better Weekdays, 3D Printer Experience, and MYO.


Schedule of Events


Monday, November 18, 2013

Lunch[e]preneur featuring Jeff Weber

Main Campus, IIT Tower, 10 W 35th St, 13th Floor Conference Room
12:50-1:50 pm

Jeff Weber, founder of four companies, angel investor, mentor, and adviser to nearly 50 companies in varying industries will share his knowledge and experience on how to jump start your own entrepreneurial journey. Registration is $10 refundable deposit, provided if more than 2 GEW events are attended. This event is limited to current IIT students. Reserve your spot and register today!


Breaking Criminal Traditions : A Symposium

IIT Downtown Campus, 565 W Adams, 1st Floor Auditorium

Join artist/activist Zainab Khan, featured in the powerful documentary “Honor Diaries”; Cheryl Jefferson, executive producer of “The Art of Influence: Breaking Criminal Traditions”; human rights artists Richard Laurent and Paula Kloczkowsi Luberda; attorney/cultural entrepreneur Amy Harvey; and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law Dean Harold Krent for a symposium on using the art of influence to create powerful change in the world. The event is free & open to the public. No registration required. Click here for more info.


GEW Opening + Young Entrepreneur Panel

1871, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212
6-9 pm

Join IIT’s young entrepreneurs at the hottest incubator in Chicago—1871—to celebrate the opening of GEW! IIT alumni entrepreneurs will share knowledge and behind-the-scenes stories about their own startups. Refreshments will be served. This event is free for the IIT community. Register today!


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

DTC Lunch[e]preneur featuring Robert Bock

IIT Downtown Campus, 565 W Adams, Room 165
12 noon-1 pm

Robert Bock, Co-founder of VentureSHOT & RJB Investments will be sharing his insights on real estate entrepreneurship and how to grow your startup! Registration is free and is limited to current IIT students. Register today to secure your spot!


Lunch[e]preneur featuring Brian Rosen

Main Campus, MTCC LaSalle Bank Executive Conference Room, 3201 S. State St
12:50pm-1:50 pm

Brian Rosen, Chief Strategist at Roberg Retail Consulting, will share his experiences in entrepreneurship, consulting, and retail at this intimate luncheon. Registration is $10 refundable deposit, provided if more than 2 GEW events are attended. This event is limited to current IIT students. Reserve your spot and register today!


Startup Forum – Challenges for International Students

Main Campus, MTCC Ballroom, 3201 S. State St
4-7 pm

We’re bringing technology startup entrepreneurs and companies from Chicago-based incubators and accelerators to meet our talented students in an informal gathering. Find answers to your startup questions from people in the field—including IIT alumni—and learn why it’s great to work at a startup. Plus, hear from immigration lawyers about starting your own business as an international and learn more about the EB5 visa. This event is FREE & open to all. Register today!


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Faculty + Student Showcase with Idris Kothari & John Ason

Main Campus, MTCC Auditorium, 3201 S. State St
12 noon-2 pm

Seeking funding for your new startup? Interested in learning about the “angel world?” Hear IIT faculty and students pitch their companies in this informative showcase. John Ason, a professional angel investor will discuss his organization, business development expertise, and funding ideas. Idris Kothari, Chairman of OPEN Silicon Valley as well as CTO of Vertical Systems will share his perspective from a tech entrepreneur’s point of view. Take your idea to the next level and register today! Space is limited and registration is $10.


Entrepreneurial Law Workshop : The 3 Essential Steps To Take When Starting Your Own Business

IIT Downtown Campus, 565 W Adams, Room C50
4:00-5:30 pm

For legal eagles and business minded students alike, we will be discussing the pros and cons of different entity choices, what you need to include in your founders agreement and how to protect your intellectual property. We’ve got you covered! In this workshop, you will learn about the legal matters that all startups should understand to protect themselves and their ideas. Sign up now to reserve your spot.


3D Printer Experience Tour

The 3D Printer Experience, 316 N Clark Street
6:30-8:30 pm

Experience 3D printing technology in this amazing tour! Look for fun competitions and games with cool prizes, and more. The cost is $5 for members of the IIT community (refunded upon attending) and $10 non-refundable fee for guests. See this revolutionary technology live and register today!


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Student Entrepreneur Meet & Greet

Main Campus, MTCC Auditorium, 3201 S. State St
12:30pm-1:50 pm

Meet student entrepreneurs at IIT and learn how it’s like to be a student & an entrepreneur! Dane Christianson – creator of the X-Cube, Taylor Harvey – C0-founder of MonkeyBars, Jeremy Abrams – Winner of the IIT Elevator Pitch Competition, Co-founder of Uppd & many others will be there to answer behind the scenes questions about entrepreneurship that you’ve been dying to know! Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to network with these influential peers as well as meeting students from Queen of Peace High School & ChiTech Academy, confirm your spot now!


Social Night

Main Campus, MTCC, The Pritzker Club, 3201 S. State St
7-9 pm

Join us for a fun, educational, and informal event at GEW Social Night! Mix and mingle with old friends and new acquaintances over games and refreshments. What are you waiting for? Grab your tickets now!


Friday, November 22, 2013


Main Campus, Hermann Hall, 3241 S Federal
9 am-3 pm

The Interprofessional Projects (IPRO) Program joins together undergraduate students from various academic disciplines to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem. IPRO Day is the culmination of IPRO teams’ work, showcasing students’ exhibits and presentations. Register to attend IPRO Day and see IIT students’ tremendous work!

The Finale

Main Campus, MTCC Ballroom, 3201 S. State St
11 am-1 pm

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 concludes with this celebratory event. Hear from guest speakers, student organizations, and competition winners. Don’t miss this exclusive networking opportunity with our VIP guests, featuring successful tech entrepreneur Idris Kothari, Chairman of OPEN Silicon Valley as well as CTO of Vertical Systems. This event is free for members of the IIT community and $10 for guests. Register today.


NOTE : The schedule of events are tentative and are subject to change. Contact with any questions. Thank you!