Written by Monica Page

From Monday, November 15 to Sunday November 24, the University of Miami will be one of the host sites of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Organized by The Launch Pad, Global Entrepreneurship Week brings together young people and professionals from around the world to discuss the trends and developments in the field of entrepreneurship. Speakers provide the audience with knowledge, skills and practical insight that they have learned over time.

The appeal of Global Entrepreneurship Week is that expands farther than just those interested in entrepreneurship. Any major on campus can participate to gain knowledge about an important figure in their field of even to just learn more about a subject they are interested in. Last year one of the presenters during the University of Miami Global Entrepreneurship Week was Dana White, the founder of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Not everyone in the audience had dreams of running a mixed martial arts competition. There was a mix of fans and those who just found the event to be interesting.

In 2008, The Launch Pad was the #1 US partner of Global Entreneurship week and the top campus partner in 2009. This year, The Launch Pad has scheduled different programs featuring entrepreneurs in the field of technology, food and hospitality, fashion and entertainment. One set of programs will also feature women entrepreneurs.

Event highlights include:
Monday, November 15
5:00 p.m. Food fair opens – University Center Patio
TASTE of ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Explore entrepreneurship in the food and beverage industries and culinary arts. Over 30 businesses will be serving bites and sharing their story to success.
Please note, pre-registration is required at http://www.thelaunchpad.org/GEWregistration.

Tuesday, November 16
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – University Center Flamingo Ballroom A
Entrepreneurs in Sports
Mike Levy, Founder and CEO – OPEN Sports and Fantasy Live

Wednesday, November 17
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast – Newman Alumni Center
WOMEN in ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Celebrate entrepreneurs and businesswomen in South Florida. Network with innovative leaders with girl power!

Thursday, November 18
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – University Center Flamingo Ballrooms A-B-C
Import Export Luncheon
Neal Asbury, CEO – The Legacy Companies and 2008 US National Champion Exporter of the Year
Conscientious Equity book signing
Please note, pre-registration is required at http://www.thelaunchpad.org/GEWregistration.

7:30 to 9 p.m. – Storer Auditorium
Technology Gadgets – Case Study
If you build a better mousetrap… presented by MIT Enterprise Forum and RefreshMiami

Friday, November 19
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Networking and Reception
An EVENING with FASHION ENTREPRENEURS
Celebrate the style of Miami with a showcase by South Florida’s up-and-coming designers and trend-setters

For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week and to view the complete list of programs, please visit The Launch Pad website or call 305-284-2789. For more information about other Global Entrepreneurship Events outside of the University of Miami campus, visit their official website.