Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio

Ecosystem Building

Monday, November 16, 2020

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Kickin' Off Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio with Pauly Suchy and Jonathon Ortmans
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Jonathon Ortmans
Jonathon Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network, Founder and President

Pauly Suchy, Ohio State Coordinator for Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, kicks off the 2020 GEW Ohio conference. He will discuss the vision for the program.

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The Black Entrepreneurship Summit, Keynote by Shana Black
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Shana Black
Shana Black
Black Girl in the Cle, Founder

Shana Black, Founder of Black Girl in the Cle, discusses her vision for the Black Entrepreneurship Summit.

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The New American Dream | Disruption Now Media
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Aja Hardy
Aja Hardy
gBeta Cleveland, Director
Whitney Gaskins
Whitney Gaskins
University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science, Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement
Anne Richie
Anne Richie
The Mezzanine Fund, Fund Manager
Carlton R. Collins
Carlton R. Collins
Engines That Work, Co-Founder
Rob Richardson
Rob Richardson
Disruption Now Media, Founder & Host

The American Dream has always been aspirational and until recent history has been largely unavailable; so what is the American Dream?

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) – How can Startups help to realize it?
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Josephine Ndao
Josephine Ndao
African Development Bank Group, Chief Entrepreneurship and SME Development Officer
Michael Goldberg
Michael Goldberg
Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship at Case Western Reserve University, Executive Director
Isabelle Byusa
Isabelle Byusa
Wheaton College Massachusetts, Director, Youth Development Programs
Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly
Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly
World Bank, Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini

African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) – How can Startups help to realize it?

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Building a Truly International Startup, by the Cleveland Chinese Chamber of Commerce
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Kim Kirkendall
Kim Kirkendall
International Resource Development, President
Jeffrey Goldstein
Jeffrey Goldstein
Onward Global, Founder
Michael Cao
Michael Cao
IC3D, Inc., Founder & CEO
Giorgio Morocica
Giorgio Morocica
Yenox, Founder

Our speakers will discuss how to build a business that leverages international opportunities  - whether that is suppliers / partners / customers / content – how can you take advantage of resources around the world. 

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Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from the Field
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Dr. Cynthia Barnhart
Dr. Cynthia Barnhart
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chancellor
Scott S. Cowen
Scott S. Cowen
Case Western Reserve University and former President of Tulane University, Interim President
Ramanath I. Ramakrishnan
Ramanath I. Ramakrishnan
Eaton Corp., Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (Retired)
Judith Cone
Judith Cone
UNC Chapel Hill, Vice Chancellor for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development

The Deshpande Symposium is pleased to present a panel of distinguished leaders – from academia and industry– that have each faced what seemed like insurmountable challenges and helped navigate their organization through those shoals. What can we learn from their experiences and apply to the challenges we face currently? How can we build an agile mindset that prepares us for the crises yet to come?  From each crisis leaders have emerged who have steered their organization through the challenges and confusion, providing entrepreneurial leadership and innovative out of the box thinking in response to unforeseen circumstances.  

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Opportunities and Risks for Black Entrepreneurs: Black Entrepreneurship Summit
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Carlin Jackson
Carlin Jackson
Theo. Wyes David, Ltd. | Content Status, Founder/Principal Consultant | Co-founder/CTO
Jay Williams
Jay Williams
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, President
Anthony Gillespie
Anthony Gillespie
Keen Point Consulting, LLC, Founder
Rob Richardson
Rob Richardson
Disruption Now Media, Founder & Host

The entrepreneurship journey is different for everyone. What do the pitfalls and successes look like for black entrepreneurs in America?

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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Hispanic Business Showcase, by NEOHCED (IN PERSON)
Alysha Ellis
Alysha Ellis
Mas LaRae, Founder & Creator

In partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network, the Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development is proud to host the Hispanic Business Showcase! This event will be held during Global Entrepreneurship Week on Wednesday, November 18th from 10am-2pm at the future home of CentroVilla25! You can visit some of Cleveland’s premier Hispanic businesses virtually or in person with discounts and other ways to support these businesses during COVID-19. Let’s finish off 2020 on a high note!


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Hispanic Business Showcase, by NEOHCED (VIRTUAL)
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Maria R. Davila
Maria R. Davila
U.S. Small Business Administration, Outreach & Marketing Specialist

Northeast Ohio Hispanic Center for Economic Development hosts the first Latinx Business Showcase at CentroVilla25 in Clark-Fulton!

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Blue Economy Forum: How The Great Lakes Fosters Entrepreneurship
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Brandon Wong
Brandon Wong
University of Michigan, PhD, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Hadar Borden
Hadar Borden
University at Buffalo, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars
Michael Schum
Michael Schum
Fortun Brands Global Plumbing Group, Vice President, Product Development
Eric Clark
Eric Clark
Technology Incubation and Innovation Office at the NASA Glenn Research Center, Acting Deputy Director
Paul Riser
Paul Riser
TechTown, Inaugural Director
Max Herzog
Max Herzog
Cleveland Water Alliance, Program Manager

A conversation on the role of water-based entrepreneurship in economic development across the Lake Erie region. Panel and Q&A.

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Real Estate for Culture, Community & Entertainment | Robert Paskar
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Rob Paskar
Rob Paskar
Pasker Real Estate, Owner & Broker
Jordan Valdiviez
Jordan Valdiviez
University of Toledo, Incubation Operations Manager at Launchpad Incubation Program

Rob's quest to raise capital for his health and entertainment businesses led him to the real-estate industry, finding passion in creating culture and community.

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Power of Collaboration: The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative
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Amy Haschak
Amy Haschak
JumpStart, Partner, Network Management
Jill Badger
Jill Badger
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce, Interim Director of the Small Business Development Center
Sabrina Weaver
Sabrina Weaver
Women of Toledo, President
Olivia Holden
Olivia Holden
ASSETS Toledo, Executive Director
Jim Matzinger
Jim Matzinger
Economic and Community Development Institute, Community Outreach and Lending Specialist
David Topoleski
David Topoleski
Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Reference Librarian and Manager
Mark Urrutia
Mark Urrutia
Minority Business Assistance Center (MBAC), Regional Director
Elizabeth Murawski
Elizabeth Murawski
Center for Innovative Food Technology, Business & Workforce Development Manager
Jay Black
Jay Black
Toledo African American Chamber of Commerce, Vice President

The Toledo Business Growth Collaborative is a network that consists of existing small business assistance organizations in the Greater Toledo community. Working together, these organizations are dedicated to finding and filling gaps in the service continuum and connecting their clients to the resources they need.  Join us to learn more about these organizations and how they can benefit you and your business.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Careers & Entrepreneurship in the Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Global Pandemics (Part 2)
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Rob Painter
Rob Painter
I2Pure Corp., COO
Laura Brege
Laura Brege
BridgeBio Pharma, Senior Advisor
Karen C. Gibson
Karen C. Gibson
Digital Health for Quidel, SVP
Calvin James
Calvin James
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences
John Lewis
John Lewis
BioOhio, President & CEO
Douglas C. Spitz
Douglas C. Spitz
I2Pure Corp., CEO
Robert Huebner
Robert Huebner
Latham BioPharm Group, Principal Consultant
Amanda Epp
Amanda Epp
ScriptDrop, CEO & Founding Team Member

In 2020, there has been no more important, tragic, or transcendent issue than the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has impacted every person on earth and infiltrated most social, political, and business topics. 

This event will bring together students, educators, scientists, and industry executives and entrepreneurs from around the globe to discuss theses issues.

Register here: https://www.ohio.edu/entrepreneurship/gew