UNCW Entrepreneurship Center NewsletterNovember 2010
Next week is a very important week in the young life of the UNCW Entrepreneurship Center. The EC has joined a select number of Universities from around the world to host Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is a week designed to celebrate all things entrepreneurial in Southeast NC and continue pushing forward the idea that entrepreneurship is one of the primary keys to our economic prosperity and growth.

The EC is hosting a series of exciting and enlightening events starting on November 16th with the speaker series, continuing on the 17th with a very special movie screening, followed by an early morning Power Breakfast on the 18th, and ending with the grand finale, student rocket pitch, also on the 18th. These events are free and your attendance illustrates your support of UNCW, the EC and entrepreneurship education. It also helps support our students who are working diligently on their rocket pitches and helps connect you to our entrepreneurial community in the region. So please take the time to attend two, three, or all four events. I promise the contacts made, knowledge gained, entertainment enjoyed, and advice offered to students, will energize you in ways you never expected. See you there!

Sincerely, Jonathan Rowe
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UNCW Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov 16th - 19th
Nov 18th GWBJ Power Breakfast Series Features Entrepreneurs
UNCW Professor Invited to Korea
UNCW Global Entrepreneurship Week
November 16th - 19th
GEW Started in 2008 by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week has become a much-publicized worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship. It has inspired more than 10 million people in 102 countries, touching aspiring entrepreneurs from major cities to remote villages through some 58,000 events during the one-week period. The EC is pleased to join this global initiative by hosting

UNCW Global Entrepreneurship Week November 16th - 19th.

Nov 16th @5:30pm, Wachovia Entrepreneurial Speaker Series

Nov 17th @6pm, a special screening of the movie "Ten9Eight," a thought-provoking film by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. It tells the inspirational stories of several inner city teens turned entrepreneurs.

Nov 18th @7:30am, Power Breakfast Series on Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Greater Wilmington Business Journal (standard fees apply, registration will be through the GWBJ).

Nov 18th @6pm, Student Rocket Pitch Event with over $1,000 in prizes for top student entrepreneurs.
Nov 18th GWBJ Power Breakfast Series Features Entrepreneurs
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As part of UNCW Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Greater Wilmington Business Journal has partnered with the EC for a special Power Breakfast Series on Nov 18th focusing on entrepreneurship. A panel discussion featuring Earl Galleher, founder and CEO of Basho Technologies, Brett Martin, Founder and Chairman of Castle Branch, and Robert Preville, founder and CEO of Global Test Supply will be moderated by Center director, Jonathan Rowe. Limited tickets remain to this exciting event.

UNCW Professor Invited to Korea

Dr. Craig Galbraith, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management has been invited to Korea again this year to work with STX Corporation, one of the world's largest ship builders and to teach in several MBA/Ph.D programs for the Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies. In addition, he has just completed developing a distance graduate course in Biotechnology Entrepreneurship under contract for several San Diego-based biotechnology firms. He recently published an article titled "Predicting the commercialization progress of early state technologies" in IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management as well as articles in Studies in Higher Education and Frontline Security

Entrepreneurial Statistic: According to the 2009 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Report, from 2004 through 2009, China had the highest rate of high-expectation entrepreneurship (intending to create more than 19 jobs) of any of the 54 countries covered by the GEM study that was developed by the London School of Economics and Babson College.
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Rocket Pitch Event Goes to the Horses
  In one of the most memorable events yet, five local entrepreneurs pitched their innovative business models and provided product demonstrations to an audience that numbered well over 100. The companies included Equine Acres, Shell Bond LLC, Cape Fear Motorcycle, Treadwell Corporation and Custom Fit Meals. The entrepreneurs brought passion and energy to their presentations that highlighted the incredible products on display including materials to organically clean up oil spills, a way to end obesity through customized meals, a machine to maintain blood flow in the legs, and a horse farm to help the disabled. By the way, can you find the special guest in the picture above?