Getting Down to Business: FSU Students Invited to Show Off Their Entrepreneurial Ideas during ‘eWeek’
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What’s your idea for the “next big thing” in today’s highly competitive marketplace?
That’s what The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University’s College of Business is asking all FSU students. And during Entrepreneurship Week — “eWeek” — which runs from Sept. 16-23, students will be inspired to achieve their dreams and have an opportunity to see what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
The eWeek concept reflects the university’s ongoing transformation into “The Entrepreneurial University” and a campuswide emphasis on creating a culture among students, faculty and staff that embraces entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and the idea that those who take calculated risks can gain enormous benefit.
The Jim Moran Institute, which earlier this year received a $4.25 million gift from Jan Moran, the wife of the late Jim Moran, and The Jim Moran Foundation, is sponsoring eWeek. The gift will expand the international reach of The Jim Moran Institute and enable it to build on its mission of cultivating, training and inspiring entrepreneurial leaders.
“Students can be incredibly creative and innovative, and eWeek gives them insight into what it takes to be an entrepreneur and help contribute to the growth of our economy,” said Tim R. Holcomb, The Jim Moran Institute’s executive director and the university’s Jim Moran Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship. “We’re fortunate to have successful entrepreneurs from the community willing to share their experiences and encourage our students.”
During eWeek, students will have the chance to participate in an array of fun and educational activities, as well as challenging competitions that allow them to network with other entrepreneurial students and members of the business community who are willing to share their secrets to success. Florida State students in all majors are encouraged to take part in the week’s events.
All Florida State students are invited to take part in the following free events:
- eWeek Kickoff: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, Union Green. This is a chance for students to meet successful student entrepreneurs and enjoy live music, free pizza and free Italian ice, as well as giveaways of T-shirts and gift cards for music downloads.
- ‘Go Noles’ Giveaway: One hour before the FSU vs. Oklahoma football game kickoff, Saturday, Sept. 17, Doak Campbell Stadium. Students are invited to stop by gates K, L and M at the stadium to pick up an eWeek souvenir. In addition, announcements about eWeek events will be made throughout the game.
- World’s Largest Human Foosball Game: 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, old Intramural Fields near Woodward Avenue and Gaines Street. Come out and help Florida State set a Guinness World Record for the world’s largest human foosball game. Student IDs are required. Commemorative T-Shirts will be provided to the first 500 students whose IDs are swiped to play.
- The Extreme Entrepreneurship Collegiate Tour: 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 20, Turnbull Florida State Conference Center, 555 W. Pensacola St. This is a high-energy, audience-participation stage show featuring some of the country’s top young entrepreneurs. The tour brings these successful young entrepreneurs to colleges, universities, chambers of commerce and other organizations to help spread the entrepreneurial spirit. Three successful and nationally recognized young entrepreneurs will be at FSU to share their stories and candid advice about what it takes to start up and grow a business. Registration is required.
- Google Plus Webinar: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, Rovetta Business Building, Room 108. Jason Persampieri, a senior software engineer and Google Plus development team member, will talk about the career path that led him to Google Inc. and what day-to-day life is like at the Internet giant. Persampieri is a graduate of Tallahassee’s Lincoln High School and the University of Florida.
- C.E.O. Whiteboard Challenge: 7:45 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21, Rovetta Business Building, Room 108. Immediately following the Google Plus Webinar, students who like to think outside the box, love a good laugh or want to win money will enjoy this activity. Sponsored by the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization (C.E.O.), the Whiteboard Challenge is designed to help students think on their feet and practice impromptu speaking skills. There is prize money at stake.
- The Jim Moran Challenge Kickoff: 3:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, Rovetta Business Building, Room 108. The first 40 student teams with great ideas for making money fast will receive a $25 gift card as a capital investment and have one week to create value and increase revenue for their enterprise. The teams will compete for cash prizes; the team generating the most money in the most innovative way will win the competition. All money raised will go to support C.E.O. Judging will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, in the Starry Conference Room (Rovetta Business Building, Room 214) at the College of Business. Registration is required.
- eWeek Networking and Progressive Luncheon: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, University Center Ballroom. The event starts with a continental breakfast and remarks from The Jim Moran Institute’s executive director and features an “Entrepreneurs’ Lessons Learned” roundtable discussion and Q&A with four successful entrepreneurs. They are Brian Murphy, founder and CEO of Reliaquest; David Whitney, founder and CEO of Energent Ventures; Josh Greenberg, founder and CTO of Grooveshark; and Garrett Johnson, former FSU track athlete, Rhodes Scholar and entrepreneur. Tom Petrillo, founder and CEO of The Salon Group, will be the keynote speaker. These highly successful entrepreneurs will share advice about the dos and don’ts, the highs and the lows, the successes and failures, and the joys and frustrations of starting a business. In addition, this event provides another great networking opportunity as students will move from table to table and talk one-on-one with more than 50 successful entrepreneurs. Registration is required.
To register for one or more of these events, or for more information about eWeek, visit www.FSUeWeek.com.
CONTACT: Ron Frazier, FSU College of Business
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Barbara Ash, FSU College of Business
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