September 1, 2015- Walla Walla Washington. A collective group of schools from around the Walla Walla Valley have joined forces again to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) November 16-22, 2015. GEW 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 and students 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.
In 2014, Washington State led the country with almost 200 events in all 39 counties and 2015 promises to be even bigger as communities throughout the state recognize the power of entrepreneurism, from elementary school age to senior citizens. Maury Forman who spearheads the yearly event states “It’s not just a week of events for many communities. It’s also a way of life for places like Walla Walla as the events inspire Washingtonians to solve problems, start their own business, be their own boss, and connect with people all over the world. 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 that will lead to successful adulthood.”
The GEW Committee is also excited to announce that Baker Boyer Bank committed to be the key sponsor of the event for the next three years! Not only will Baker Boyer provide funding to help support the event, but they are also donating a cash prize of $500.00 for the winner in a Baker Boyer Bank account. In addition, Hank Worden of Edward Jones investments will be providing the winner three coaching sessions on the fundamentals of building a successful business.
The GEW Committee is made up of members from Whitman College, Walla Walla Community College, Walla Walla University, College Place School District, Walla Walla School District, Junior Achievement and the WWV Chamber of Commerce. This group meets weekly to plan the GEW event that will take place on November 18th at the Gesa Powerhouse Theater.
This year, “Pitch It!” – inspired by the TV show, Shark Tank, will provide a vehicle for students of all ages to design and develop innovative business, products and services concepts. The Pitch It! Competition will challenge students to create a realistic business model for their entrepreneurial idea. Students will compete in grade brackets, K-8, 9-12 and 13+ and is open to all students at all schools in the Walla Walla Valley. In addition, there will be workshops leading up to the events, volunteer mentors will be assigned to students and a community-wide entrepreneurial panel will judge the final event.
The preliminary competition for all students is Wednesday, November 4th from 5:30-8:00 PM at WWCC. The winners from each grade bracket at this event will move forward to compete in the final event on November 18th.
Schedule of Events:
Wednesday, 9/30 6:30-7:30 PM – Kick-Off & Informational meeting
Location: Port conference room, Walla Walla Airport
Wednesday, 10/7 6:30-8:00 PM – Instructional Workshop “Brainstorm your Business”
Location: Port conference room, Walla Walla Airport activities involve games to creatively consider new business or social enterprise opportunities, product concepts, etc.
Wednesday, 10/21 6:30-8:00 PM – Instructional Workshop “Build your Pitch”
Location: Reid Center, room G-02, Whitman College -instructional and practice activities to focus on crucial points of the pitch
Wednesday, 11/4 5:30-8:00 PM – Preliminary Competition
Location: Walla Walla Community College, main building 3 community-wide events by grade-bracket, top 2 winners from each age bracket advance to final round
Wednesday, 11/18 5:30-7:30 PM – Final Event
Location: GESA Powerhouse Theatre top 2 finishers at each preliminary event compete for the final award
For More information please contact: Heidi Wells at [email protected]