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Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Celebrates "Global Entrepreneurship Week" Nov. 17 to 23.

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 13 -- Santa Clara University's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is participating in the first Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration by groups in more than 70 countries to expose people under the age of 30 to entrepreneurship. The events take place on Santa Clara University's campus Nov. 17 to 23.

The week will be headlined Tuesday by a speech and Q&A session with Chris A. Malachowsky '86, co-founder of Santa Clara-based visual-computing technology company NVIDIA. In addition, on Friday five teams of undergraduate students will compete in the annual "Be a VC" competition. On Sunday, graduate students will pick their Venture Capital Investment Competition winner, who will go on to the regional competition between six colleges and universities Feb. 13.

Global Entrepreneurship Week at Santa Clara University:

Monday, Nov. 17, noon to 1 p.m. "Cleantech" (Forbes Family Conference Center at Lucas Hall) -- Phil Nail, founder and chief technology officer at the solar Web-hosting company Affordable Internet Service Online, or AISO, will share his startup story.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, noon to 1 p.m. Biotech (Forbes Family Conference Center at Lucas Hall) -- Kenneth Linhares and Michael Patrick of Fenwick & West law firm will speak.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m. (SCU Recital Hall near Mayer Theatre) --Chris A. Malachowsky '86, co-founder of NVIDIA, a global leader in visual and interactive computing technologies and processors for workstations, personal computers, game consoles, and mobile devices. To help answer the perennial entrepreneur's dilemma "I've got an idea. Where do I start?" Malachowsky will share the story of how he helped found NVIDIA. (Event co-sponsored by the Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr. Godfrey Mungal.)

Wednesday, Nov. 19, noon to 1 p.m. Social Entrepreneurship (Forbes Family Conference Center at Lucas Hall) -- Brad Mattson, founder and former CEO and chairman of Mattson Technology and Novellus Systems, will discuss SCU's unique Global Social Benefit Incubator program for "social entrepreneurs" who use a for-profit business model for global social good.

Thursday, Nov. 20, noon to 1 p.m. Web 2.0 (Forbes Family Conference Center at Lucas Hall) -- Ross Mayfield, co-founder and president of Socialtext, a Palo Alto-based creator of Wiki-like business collaboration applications, will speak.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 6:30 p.m. (Winkler-Lund Conference Room in Lucas Hall) -- SCU's eCouncil, an alumni and faculty advisory group with expertise in various areas of high technology startups, will meet to hear and provide feedback to two student groups giving business pitches.

Friday, Nov. 21, noon to 1 p.m. (Forbes Family Conference Center at Lucas Hall) -- Five undergraduate teams from the Santa Clara Entrepreneur Organization will compete in the "Be a VC" competition to see which team is best at analyzing and pitching a potential startup investment to top VC officials.

Sunday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Forbes Family Conference Center at Lucas Hall) -- Graduate students will hold an internal competition to pick a winner of the university's Venture Capital Investment Competition. The winner will compete in the Silicon Valley regional VCIC Feb. 13.

More information about Global Entrepreneurship Week can be found at

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