Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week


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November 16-22, 2015

The CIE Brings Global Entrepreneurship Week to the Heart of Silicon Valley
with Activities that Inspire, Connect, Inform and Mentor

Santa Clara University will once again join in the worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship with a series of on-campus events during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. Brought to the heart of Silicon Valley by CIE, this international initiative encompasses more than 130 countries with nearly 37,000 activities that actively engage more than 7 million people.  Whether you attend a panel discussion, presentation, speaker event or get some advice with our popular Office Hours, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to network, learn and enjoy.

If you have suggestions for events you'd like to see offered for GEW, please forward your comments to Linda Jenkins in the CIE,


2015 Schedule


Monday, November 16

Global Social Benefit Fellows Open House
Presented by the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Monday, November 16
4:30 pm-6:30 pm
deSaisset Museum
RSVP Requested

At Miller Center, we facilitate practice-based learning and action-based research to support social entrepreneurs and to build future change makers.  Every year, the Education and Action Research department prepares 18-20 undergraduate Global Social Benefit Fellows from various disciplines to work in the field alongside social entrepreneurs, providing valuable research projects and results. 

The 2015 Fellows traveled to India, Mexico, Tanzania, and Uganda to work alongside social enterprises in solar, healthcare, waste management, and water sanitation. Come meet the Global Social Benefit Fellows and hear of their transformational experiences and action research.

RSVP to attend


Monday, November 16

CIE Entrepreneur Forum Speaker Series Welcomes Brienne Ghafourifar '12, Entefy

Monday, November 16
Lucas Hall 126-Forbes Family Conference Center
All are Welcome-Free, no RSVP required

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites you to attend our new CIE Entrepreneur Forum Speaker Series.  This  series addresses topics of interest to entrepreneurs and provides students with an opportunity to experience "the startup story" directly from alumni living it each day.  The intimate format is designed to give you a greater connection with the speaker and provides ample opportunity for Q&A. 

We look forward to welcoming Bronco Brienne Ghafourifar '12, of Entefy-interested in hearing from someone who raised a million dollars before her 18th birthday?  Don't miss it.

Fall Quarter Event Information:


9/28:Something Ventured Screening
Katie Taormino,SVB
Greg Moore, Fit3D
10/19: Michael Chertok, Digital Divide Data
: Abram Dawson, SV Angel
11/2: NicoleRuccolo, StyleBar
TonyPollace, Armored Mobility, Inc.
Brienne Ghafourifar, Entefy
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11/30: Diane
Keng,Stealth-Mode Startup

Please note: All Events except the 11/16 event are held in Lucas 107-Polycom Executive Classroom

More About The Series


Tuesday, November 17

CIE Office Hours for Entrepreneurs with Gloria Wahl, IG Partners

Tuesday, November 17
12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Appointments Required

The CIE is pleased to present Office Hours for Entrepreneurs with Gloria Wahl on Tuesday, November 17, appointments are required.  Use your 25-minute appointment to discuss your business plan or presentation, tweak your executive summary, critique your pitch or get answers to your general startup questions. 

To schedule your appointment, please complete the online google form with your 3 available meeting time preferences to Linda Jenkins (form will be transmitted directly to Linda), before Wednesday, November 11.   Meeting Times (you will be asked to submit 3 in order of preference-appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first served basis):

   12:00 pm-12:25 pm
   12:30 pm-12:55 pm
   1:00 pm-1:25 pm
   1:30 pm-1:55 pm
   2:00 pm-2:25 pm
   2:30 pm-2:55 pm

igpartnersAbout Gloria Chen Wahl:   Fellow Bronco Gloria Wahl is the Managing Director of IG Partners.  She is also Founder and Partner of AltoTech Ventures, LLC.  With over 20 years of financial, operational and executive management experience, Gloria brings her knowledge of the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley.  She is an active tech start-up coach and CIE volunteer.    Learn more about Gloria here.


Tuesday, November 17

SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition

Tuesday, November 17
Lucas 126-Forbes Family Conference Center
Apply to Compete  (Spectators Welcome-no RSVP Required)

sceo elevator pitch  Your 60-second game-changing idea can earn you top bragging rights and $250.  The annual SCEO Elevator Pitch Competition is looking for your best 60-second pitch.  Think you can walk away with the prize?  Register to compete today!  

Spectators are welcome and encouraged!  Hear some great pitches, listen to the judging panel's Q&A, and enjoy free apps.  The $250 prize and food & beverages are sponsored by the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. 


Wednesday, November 18

Minor in Entrepreneurship Drop-In Open House

Wednesday, November 18
9-11 am
Lucas Hall 125 (right behind the Cadence Cafe)

Drop in for information on the Minor in Entrepreneurship, learn about the classes, ask questions about scheduling, or find out more about other CIE events and opportunities! We'll be on hand Wednesday morning in Lucas Hall 125 to answer your questions and are happy to help! 

The minor in entrepreneurship provides students who may be interested in either developing a business or working in a startup with the chance to explore entrepreneurship as a career option and acquire the skills that can help them be successful.  Students completing the minor will develop an understanding of the venture creation process including how to generate and develop a new business concept, apply quantitative and qualitative methods and analytical tools to identify and evaluate entrepreneurial opportunities, use data and analysis to create and evaluate a business plan, and evaluate different funding sources for a new venture.  A critical element of the program is an internship working with an emerging for-profit startup or socially-beneficial organization to develop an in-depth case study of the venture and founders, formal business plan or growth plan.

The entrepreneurship minor is open to all students via an application process through the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Minor in Entrepreneurship Fast Fact:  More than 130 students are currently enrolled in the Minor in Entrepreneurship and we awarded  43 in 2015-our largest number since rollout in 2012!



Wednesday, November 18

Leavey School of Bsuiness Presents:  Global Fellows Open House

Wednesday, November 18
7-8 pm
Kennedy Commons

The 2016 Global Fellows Program Applications are opening! Come learn more about the Global Fellows Program: a nine-month, multi-disciplinary leadership program offered through the Leavey School of Business open to sophomores and juniors of all majors.

Global Fellows work 5-8 weeks in developing countries around the world that include the following:

  • Bolivia—work in sustainable architecture, sustainable fashion or technology in education
  • Ghana—work with organization focused on poverty eradication for women and youth through economic empowerment
  • The Gambia—empowerment of girls through education
  • India—work with organization combatting sex trafficking through economic empowerment, for profit investment firm, or environmental development firm working to empower youth as change agents
  • Indonesia—institute of energy and economics
  • Turkey—cultural heritage and exchange or global networking of women
  • Nepal –social change and economic empowerment for women

Please visit us at learn more

The application for Global Fellows open November 18th


Thursday, November 19

CIE Presents:  Office Hours For Entrepreneurs with Paul La Londe, Associate, SV Angel

Thursday, November 19, 2015
1-4 pm
Lucas 108
Appointments Required

Bronco Paul La Londe of SV Angel will on campus for our Fall CIE Office Hours for Entrepreneurs:  Paul will take appointments to review your business plan or presentation, critique your pitch and answer your questions in 25-minute one-on-one sessions in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on Thursday, November 19-appointments are required.

To schedule your appointment, please use this Google form to send your 3 available meeting time preferences and a brief background (1-2 sentences or one paragraph) piece on what you'd like to discuss/about your venture to Linda Jenkins before Wednesday, November 11 (form will automatically go to Linda).  Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  CIE Office Hours for Entrepreneurs is a quarterly event designed to help keep your ideas and your venture moving forward, we hope you enjoy them!

Meeting Times (submit 3 in order of preference including the information requested above):
1:00-1:25 pm
1:30-1:55 pm
2:00-2:25 pm
2:30-2:55 pm
3:00-3:25 pm
3:30-3:55 pm
sv-angel-logoAbout Paul La Londe& SV Angel Paul La Londe is an Associate at SV Angel. Paul joined SV Angel in 2014 from Goldman Sachs' Private Wealth Management group.  At Goldman Sachs, he worked closely with high net worth individuals across the venture capital and technology markets.  Prior to Goldman Sachs, Paul worked for Seven Hills Partners, a middle-market investment bank.  During his time at Seven Hills, he advised technology companies on a broad range of strategic alternatives including mergers, acquisitions and private placements.  Paul received a BS in Finance from SCU, and is an active volunteer with the CIE.    SV Angel is a San Francisco-based angel firm that helps startups with business development, financing, M&A and other strategic advice. 

2015 GEW schedule for board


2015 GEW schedule for board


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More About the Week

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160 countries.
37,000 events.
7 million people.
A global movement unleashing new ideas.

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 everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These 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.  

GEW is more than just an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.

The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 140 countries—with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.

Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs are inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.


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