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Tri-State to Celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week

During the week of November 16-22, 2015, the Tri-State will participate in the world's largest celebration of entrepreneurs and innovators – Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Held each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires people in more than 160 countries through 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.

"A thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem is important for our entire region's growth," said Trey Grayson, President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. "Our goal with Global Entrepreneurship Week is really to shine a light on the wide variety of opportunities we have in our region for entrepreneurs of all levels to connect, grow, and develop all types of companies."

Locally, Global Entrepreneurship Week events include:

Monday, Nov. 16 - InnovateHer 2016 - Starts at 5 pm

112 West Pike Street
Covington, KY

UpTech and HCDC along with Ohio Small Business Development Centers, Ohio River Valley Women’s Business Council, and Bad Girl Ventures are joining forces to present InnovateHER 2016. This national prize competition is aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families. The local business competition culminates in a live pitch Final Round.

The Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio InnovateHER 2016 pitch competition will be held at UpTech. Participants will have the chance to win up to $70,000 provided by Microsoft.


Tuesday, Nov. 17 - Starter Happy Hour: Entrepreneurs Gathered in the Garage - From 4-7 pm

Braxton Brewing Company
27 West 7th Street
Covington, KY

Get on over to the garage on Tuesday for Starter Happy Hour: Entrepreneurs Gathered in the Garage. This event will include a panel discussion with local startup founders led by Jake Rouse of Braxton Brewing Company, a keynote speech from Rockfish Interactive Chief Marketing Officer and Brandery co-founder, Dave Knox, and on top of it all, we'll celebrate the debut of Braxton Brewing Company cans!

Startups featured on the panel include My State Threads, Everything But The House, Strap and Road ID.



Tuesday, Nov. 17 - Release of NKY Startup Resource Guide - 6 pm

Braxton Brewing Company
27 West 7th Street
Covington, KY

Skyward has designed a new online tool to help entrepreneurs of all levels answer the age-old question, “Who should I talk to?” Join Skyward’s Vice President, Kristine Frech, as she unveils this new entrepreneur resource.


Wednesday, Nov. 18 - Fueling the Entrepreneurial Flames Panel Discussion at NKU's Student Union, Room 109 - 3:30 pm

NKU – Student Union
100 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY

The Northern Kentucky University INKUBATOR and Small Business Development Center aims to fuel the flame by offering NKU students with entrepreneurial ambitions the opportunity to learn from founders of successful local startups in this panel discussion.


Thursday, Nov. 19 - Global Cincinnati World Affairs Counsel, International Education Summit - 8:15 am to 1 pm

Northern Kentucky University

High school students from across the region will spend time with local professionals, including folks from our region’s entrepreneur support programs.  Students also will learn from the main speaker, Scott Burns of P&G, about global climate change and sustainability.


Thursday, Nov. 19 - The Challenge Cup: Hosted by The Brandery - From 6-8 pm

Union Hall
1311 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH

The Challenge Cup is a worldwide tournament for the most promising, world-changing startups to win cash prizes, make international connections, and share their vision on a global stage. Cincinnati is one of 45 cities around the world that will host a local competition. The winners advance to NYC for regionals to compete for more than $1 million in prizes.  


Friday, Nov. 20 – Sunday, Nov. 22 - Startup Weekend - KIckoff 6:30 pm on Nov. 20

100 West 5th Street
Cincinnati, OH

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together the region’s designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains. Startup Weekend welcomes anyone to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. 

“One of the top priorities in the myNKY community plan is to cultivate a more entrepreneurial environment in Northern Kentucky," adds Grayson. "This year’s local Global Entrepreneurship Week events, happening thanks to the hard-working startup support community, assist in achieving that priority.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week is organized by bioLOGIC, The Brandery, Braxton Brewing Company, Global Cincinnati Affairs World Council, InnovateHER, Kentucky Innovation Network, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Northern Kentucky University Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Northern Kentucky University INKUBATOR and Small Business Development Center, Skyward, Startup Weekend, and UpTech.

Information about Global Entrepreneurship Week activities can be found online at 

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