Bradley Honors Entrepreneurs

November 11, 2019

An estimated 10 million people around the world will celebrate business successes during the November 18-24 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The week recognizes creative business leaders and connects aspiring entrepreneurs with startup veterans, investors and civic leaders. Backed by the Kansas City, Mo.-based Kauffman Foundation, GEW started in 2008 as a collaborative effort between U.S. and U.K. businesspeople to encourage entrepreneurship around the world. This year, activities will be hosted in 170 countries.

Entrepreneurship is a year-round focus at Bradley University, which offers an entrepreneurship major and entrepreneurship and innovation minor, as well as an Entrepreneurial Scholar designation for any student who completes a series of business-related courses. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue their dreams through opportunities such as the Brave Pitch three-minute sales pitch contest, Big Idea Competition, which connects students and alumni to startup resources, and the Social Impact Challenge, which encourages ideas for sustainable enterprises that positively impact society.

Two events are happening at Bradley this month to celebrate Entrepreneurship.

  • To encourage future innovators, the Turner School of Entrepreneurship will host “Pictionary” creator Rob Angel as the annual Distinguished Entrepreneur Speaker. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. November 12 in the Peplow Pavilion.
  • The 2nd annual Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and Convergence Conference is happening on November 18. It brings the community to the campus to hear national entrepreneurs share their success stories. This year will feature Dr. Jim Weinstein, Senior Vice President of Microsoft Healthcare, and Mr. Kim Blickenstaff, President and CEO of Tandem Diabetes Care. Registration is required at, and space is limited.

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