November 13, 2017
During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017, Nov. 13 – 18, the University's Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center is hosting nearly a dozen programs designed to educate and inspire entrepreneurs. All the Cottrell Center's events are free and open to the public but require registration.
Monday, Nov. 13, student entrepreneurs are invited to brown bag lunch and meet WCU students who are entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and opportunities in starting and growing a business. Immediately following is an information session on the annual Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education's Student Business Plan Competition, which offers a $10,000 top prize. Cottrell Center team members will advise students on their ideas and required content and assist them in identifying an expert to mentor them on writing their business plans. Lunch begins at 12 p.m. and the info session at 1 p.m. The information session will be repeated Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 3 to 4 p.m., and Thursday, Nov. 16, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. All sessions are in the Business and Public Management Center (BPMC) Room 318. Deadline for entering the system competition is Sunday, Nov. 19.
Using technology to solve high-impact business problems is his passion, which is what led Brian Dainis to found Curotec, a Philadelphia-area mobile and web app developer. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, this CEO will share his story and provide advice on starting a business. He is on the board of directors for Liberty Valley Initiative, a 501(C)(3) non-profit and ITAG (Information Technology Action Group) both with missions geared toward fostering and promoting the technology ecosystem in the Philadelphia region, in particular, the western suburbs. Dainis' session runs from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. in Anderson Hall (725 South Church Street), Room 103.
Monica Zimmerman, director of the Cottrell Center and a WCU professor of management, leads a workshop about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including idea recognition, viability testing, identifying a target market, and more, in two sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 14: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. and 2 – 3:15 p.m. in BPMC Room 101.
At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, enjoy a continental breakfast and watch four early-stage companies pitch for Keiretsu Forum funding via live stream from the Keiretsu Forum Philadelphia chapter, a partner of the Cottrell Center. The Keiretsu Forum is the world's largest angel network. BPMC Room 318.
After nearly three decades in the B2B marketing and TV shopping spaces, Mark Lubragge launched 3,2,1 Impact!, a boutique sales and marketing consulting firm specializing in crafting messages and presentations that drive action. He'll talk about "Perfecting the Pitch" at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday in BPMC Room 101. Following the presentation is a networking session for students and community members from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Room 102.
Solomon Brenner, founder of Action Karate, says, "In martial arts, I've seen thousands of people accomplish more than they ever imagined. People of all ages go from being insecure, lost, and lacking focus to being confident black belts. I take that same approach to helping investors. I want to see startups become black belt Angel investors." On Thursday, Nov. 16, hear more from Brenner, who, in May 2016, also founded Startup2angel to help startups and angel professionals grow business and wealth by facilitating introductions and sharing insights from successful angels and entrepreneurs. His presentation runs from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in BPMC Room 101.
WCU's Business and Public Management Center is located at the corner of Sharpless and South Church streets. Register to attend Global Entrepreneurship Week programs at http://cottrellcenter.eventbrite.com.WCU's Cottrell Center is a catalyst for regional economic development, promoting entrepreneurship across West Chester University, in Chester County, and throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania. Learn more about the Cottrell Center.