November 6, 2017 at 1:30pm
Dane Lisser

Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates innovators and job creators

The local community is invited to join Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship in the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Nov. 13-19.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 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.

During one week each November, GEW inspires people in more than 170 countries through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Thousands of 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.  

Millikin Global Entrepreneurship Week

As part of its Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration, Millikin's Center for Entrepreneurship will host a number of events for the public to attend. Public attendees can enjoy 60 percent off all Millikin GEW events and attend all events for $20 plus processing fees, a $50 value, by using discount code GEW during checkout. Click here to sign up.

All events are open to Millikin students, faculty and staff. The following is a list of events for Global Entrepreneurship Week at Millikin University.

Monday, Nov. 13, 4 – 6 p.m.

Kick-Off Event

Tabor School of Business Lobby, ADM-Scovill Hall, 1st Floor

Join the Center for Entrepreneurship for the kickoff of the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurship. During the Kick-Off Event, a discussion will be held on the importance of market testing and validating business ideas with Millikin student-run venture Blue Brew and Scotty B's Burgers & Cheese, led by adjunct professor and entrepreneur Ray Fields.

The event will also preview other sessions during the week and the Agile for Entrepreneurship Fellows will introduce Launch Weekend, scheduled for Nov. 17-18. Complimentary global appetizers and refreshments with a global theme will be available during the event.

This event is available with the public access ticket.

Millikin Global Entrepreneurship Week

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Legal Issues for Young Entrepreneurs

University Commons, Collaboration Rooms 138-140

What could you do today to protect your ideas? This session will explore:

• Copyright, trademark and patents

• Business formation and organization

• Contracts and negotiation

Learn the basics about these areas, and where the best resources can be found. A Q&A will be held with panel members Dr. Katherine Leo, assistant professor of music; Caroline Bruder, special counsel to the vice president of alumni and development; and Andrew Craycraft, security officer. A complimentary taco bar and refreshments will be available during this session.

This event is available with the public access ticket.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.

Blue Brew Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Hickory Point Bank Building, 225 N. Water St. in Decatur, Ill.

Blue Brew, a Millikin student-run coffee shop, will officially open its doors on Wednesday, Nov. 15, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its Hickory Point Bank Building location at 225 N. Water St. in Decatur. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. The event is open to the public.

Blue Brew will be positioned as an entrepreneurship laboratory where students run the shop as a course under the facilitation of a faculty member. The goals of the course are to create a financially sustainable laboratory for students and the community to practice with food entrepreneurship; create a visible community outlet to promote its own food innovation competencies; and create channels for continued collaboration among businesses, Millikin, and customers.

Millikin Global Entrepreneurship Week

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5 – 6 p.m.

Crowdfunding 101 with Martin Atkins

ADM-Scovill Hall, Room 109

Having successfully crowdfunded his third book, Martin Atkins (drummer, producer, label owner, author and educator), instructor in the Millikin School of Music, lifts the curtain to show the details of his 150-percent funded Kickstarter campaign and his 140-percent funded Pledge Music Campaign. He will also look at Rocket Hub, Indie GoGo and Patreon. Martin will help you through a five-sheet "workbook" and generally make sure that you leave in much better shape than you arrived in – ready to do anything except fail. Enjoy complimentary sliders and refreshments during this session.

This event is available with the public access ticket.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Lunch & Learn: Customer Development

University Commons, Collaboration Rooms 138-140

Learn about the iterations of customer development with Julie Shields, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Millikin. From discovery and pivoting, to interview and validation, Shields will help you better know who your customer is and how to build a relationship with them. Enjoy complimentary Taiwanese food and refreshments during this session.

This event is available with the public access ticket.

Millikin Global Entrepreneurship Week

Friday, Nov. 17

Lunch 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Workshop 1 – 3 p.m.

Women in Business Gathering with Elisabeth Cardiello

Tabor School of Business, ADM-Scovill Hall, Ground Floor

Who do you want to be? What do you want to give to the world? What do you want to leave behind? Join Co-Founder and CEO of Legacy Out Loud, Elisabeth Cardiello, in a gathering centered on building confidence, cultivating mental resilience and developing empathy. Legacy Out Loud teaches young women to "reverse engineer their careers," cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, gain confidence, and solidify purpose in a methodology built around mission, mindset and mentorship.

This workshop is open to all Millikin women faculty, staff, students, and prospective students who want to take values-based actions toward living their potential. This program is proudly sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship, the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and the Women in Business student organization.

Limited spots are available. Register by Nov. 10 to take part in a post-workshop debrief with Elisabeth Cardiello and the Women in Business from 3 – 3:30 p.m. Click here to sign up.

This event is not open to the public.

Millikin Global Entrepreneurship Week

Nov. 17-18

Launch Weekend

ADM-Scovill Hall, Millikin University's campus

Launch Weekend is an opportunity for students at Millikin to network, learn and potentially create their own startup. The event will be structured as a competition where students have the entire weekend to form a team, come up with a business idea, and pitch their idea to the judges. The event will start on Friday evening, Nov. 17, with an ideation session and students will have 24 hours to launch their business. Judges will select winners and award $3,000 in advised seed capital. Click here to sign up.

Launch Weekend Ticket Prices:

Standard (Until Nov. 16) - $10

Day Of - $12

This event is not open to the public.

For more information about Millikin University's celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit