Join the Party at GE Week Penn State, Nov. 15-20.

Posted: November 10, 2015

Learn all about Entrepreneurship at Penn State Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15-20. Meet innovators in the ag sciences at college-sponsored events.

At College of Agricultural Sciences-sponsored events, you can learn how one recent grad started his own vineyard and how to win $7,500 for your startup, and about the organic food business and an international collaboration to commercialize the Ethiopian bread injera. And you can find out about a new E&I student club.

Something for everyone. Jump in and join the week-long global celebration of entrepreneurship!  

More than 100 events featuring entrepreneurs and resources to help students create and run successful start-ups kick off this week on the Penn State campus and in downtown State College around Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 15-20.

Most events are open to the public and free. Check out the full schedule

The celebration of all-things-entrepreneurial spans 150 countries, 24,000 partners and 34,000 events. Last year, Penn State topped the charts of participating partners with the most robust schedule of offerings: 78 events that engaged with 5,000 people.

(That’s more than even Startup Seattle, the runner-up, which held 58 events!)

The College of Agricultural Sciences is sponsoring five events, all found on the full schedule.

Let’s make #GEWPSU the biggest, best week-long celebration of entrepreneurship. Even better: Let's answer the challenge and start something amazing in the agricultural sciences right HERE.

Save the date. Join us at our sponsored events. Bring your ideas. Bring your passion.

Food Entrepreneurship ~ Tues., Nov. 17, 11:05 a.m., and Thurs., Nov. 19, 11:05 a.m.

Bob Anderson — an expert on all facets of organic agriculture, organic food production, processing, business development, marketing and retailing — speaks Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Thursday, Nov. 19. Both sessions begin at 11:05 a.m. and will be held at 133 Erickson Food Science Building.

Anderson, of Boalsburg, is the founder of Sustainable Strategies – Advisors in Food and Agriculture. He advises organic agricultural initiatives and organic industry projects. He is the senior trade advisor to the Organic Trade Association and until 2000 was the owner, president and CEO of Walnut Acres Organic Farms.

Zach Wilson: From Student to Running His Own Vineyard, Tues, Nov. 17, 11:15 a.m. and 1 p.m.

By the time Zach Wilson graduated in 2011 with a degree in agribusiness management, he already had a vision for a family-run vineyard and had planted 3,000 vines.

Now, he is making and selling wine, as the founder of Wilson Vineyard and Wilson Winery.

He'll tell his story during Penn State's GE Week, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (303 Wagner Building), and 1 - 2:15 p.m. (104 Forest Resources Building).

Ag Entrepreneur and Innovation Club Kickoff Meeting ~ Tues. Nov. 17, 7:30 – 10 p.m

Find out what fellow Ag students are doing and have to say around entrepreneurship and innovation in the agricultural sciences! A new student club is forming to foster development of new ideas in agricultural sciences fields like sustainability, food, bioproducts, energy, ecosystems and community development.

Moderated by Elliott Killian, Tuesday November 17, 2015 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 167 Willard Building.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation ~ Ag Springboard Open House ~ Weds., Nov. 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Drop by 6 Armsby for snacks and refreshments, conversation and entrepreneurial ideas at our annual GE Week Open House Event. Learn about Ag Springboard, the student business pitch competition with a $7,500 grand prize. Find out why we call the E&I space “the hive”!

International Collaborations in Food Entrepreneurship ~ Thurs., Nov. 19, 9:45 a.m.

Dr. Greg Ziegler, Professor of Food Science will discuss his work commercializing the Ethiopian bread injera in collaboration with NutrAfrica, PLC, an indigenous food processing company. The talk is 9:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 134 Erickson Food Science Building.

Greg Ziegler is professor of food science. He is engaged in entrepreneurial activities including commercialization of his research. For the past 6 years he has been collaborating with entrepreneurs from Africa to develop an indigenous Ethiopian food processing company. More information.