Your Official Guide to Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

From a pitch-off with TechCrunch editors and VC's to get-your-feet-wet events and happy hours, the next 10 days will have your calendar crammed and your mind blown.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators in the startup space, and it’s growing fast – since inception in 2008, the list of countries involved in GEW has grown from 77 to 160.

While the official Global Entrepreneurship Week dates are Nov. 16-22, leaders in St. Louis’ startup space have expanded the event offerings, so celebrations kick off a few days early here. For anyone looking to bring their idea to the next level, a career in the startup space or to learn from our city’s current innovators and entrepreneurs, check out our guide to the week below.

Don Kelly learns more about Invisible Industries at Startup Connection 2015.

Wednesday, November 11 
Prosper Startup Accelerator Demo Day

Washington University, Knight Hall – Emerson Auditorium; 4:30pm-7:30pm
Hear directly from the five women in the Fall 2015 cohort of Prosper Startup Accelerator companies. Over the past three months the cohort attended biweekly meet-ups in St. Louis where each woman focused on her business, working to grow and refine their companies with the guidance of notable mentors and investors. After the demo, take advantage of the happy hour where you can visit with the CEOs and other influential people in the entrepreneurial space.
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Thursday, November 12 
Arch Grants Gala
Washington University, Knight Hall – Emerson Auditorium; 5:30pm
At the Arch Grants Gala, supporters of Arch Grants have an opportunity to interact with Arch Grants Entrepreneurs and celebrate the growth of the startup culture in St. Louis.  At the grand finale of the gala, the Arch Grants Entrepreneur Award is presented to a St. Louis entrepreneur that has made a significant difference in the community. Tickets are currently sold out.
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ITEN 2nd Thursday at Venture Café
@4240 Duncan Avenue; 3pm-8pm
2nd Thursday is ITEN’s signature monthly event connecting entrepreneurs and emerging tech companies with veteran business leaders, investors and the public. This week, Dr. Joseph Roberts will be hosting office hours. Dr. Roberts is the Director of Entrepreneurship Program in the Management Department, Walker School of Business and Technology, Webster University and has successfully engineered curriculum and pedagogical approaches to teach entrepreneurship within business and non-business disciplines.
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Friday, November 13 – Sunday, November 15
St. Louis Startup Weekend
Startup Connection, the launchpad event of startups like Juristat and Invisible Industries, is a great place to jump into the startup ecosystem, find a team and build something incredible. In its fifth year, the 54-hour competition is now under the TechStars banner and continues to bring fire power and visibility for emerging startups.
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Saturday, November 14
National Black MBA Association 4th Annual Entrepreneur Think Tank
SLU’s John Cook School of Business; 8am-2pm
Startup Connection, creator of Juristat and Invisible Industries is the perfect place to jump into the startup ecosystem, find a team and build something incredible. In it’s 5th year, the 54-hour competition is now under the TechStars banner, but will still bring the firepower and visibility that it always have.
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Tuesday, November 17
TechCrunch Pitch-Off
PBR Cowboy Bar, Ballpark Village; 4pm
TechCrunch’s legendary pitch-off event is coming to St. Louis! Come for the beer, food, good conversation, and a showdown to see which entrepreneurs will win over the judges in under sixty seconds. Pitches will be rated by 3-5 judges, including TechCrunch writers and local VCs. First place wins $5k, a table in Startup Alley at an upcoming TechCrunch Disrupt event, one month co-working at Industrious and two seats at the VC dinner following the competition. There are second and third place prizes as well.
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Wednesday, November 18
Startup Connection
Washington University’s Knight Hall
Startup Connection gives St. Louis’s top startups the opportunity to present their companies to a packed house of entrepreneurs, investors, and other members of the innovation community. The event combines a startup showcase, resource fair, and is topped off with fast-paced pitch session. Bonus: Startup Connection is the launch event for EQ’s first print issue—stop by our table and pick up your copy!
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Startup Wednesdays: Founders
OPO Startups
If you haven’t been to OPO in St. Charles, use GEW week as your excuse to do so. Each Wednesday night the co-working center for digital startups facilitates connections and conversations at Startup Wednesdays. This week, PushUp Social CEO Dan Lohman shares his experiences as a founder and fundraiser.
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Thursday, November 19
House of Genius 
At House of Genius, entrepreneurs solve problems as they grow their companies while connecting our community more deeply. House of Genius St Louis also provides a venue for individuals to connect beyond superficial networking. People are invited to connect across their individual communities regardless of age, race, gender and types of businesses.
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Venture Café
CIC@4240; 3pm-8pm
This week’s Venture Cafe topics include: “How to Strengthen Our Nonprofits: Share Your Best Ideas from the Innovation/Startup Community” with Rohan Business Group, “It’s Time to Create Your Plan for 2016: What Will You Be Doing About It?” with In-Synk, the “Monthly Marketing Meeting” with Elasticity, “Drone Innovation” with GeoLearn LLC and “Revolutionizing Community Development” with Big Data with Johego.
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Fasten your seatbelt for a busy GEW!

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