Lexington's Global Entrepreneurship Week includes a raft of free workshops

Herald-Leader Staff ReportNovember 15, 2013 

Lexington is again hosting a slew of activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide effort sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation to encourage young people to explore their potential to be innovators and entrepreneurs. Most of the activities are free.

This year, 135 countries will have national campaigns for Global Entrepreneurship Week, and the event is expected to attract about 10 million participants, according to the event's website, GEW.co.

In Central Kentucky, the week is organized by the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center, a part of the Kentucky Innovation Network, and the Bluegrass Small Business Development Center, both of which are a part of the University of Kentucky. The Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, including the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, UK and Commerce Lexington, are supporting the effort.


The Lexington Global Entrepreneur ship Week includes the following events.

Nov. 18

Kickoff event. 10 a.m., Commerce Lexington, 330 E. Main St. Guest speakers: Mayor Jim Gray; Rep. Andy Barr; Danny Murphy, Commerce Lexington board chairman; and David Blackwell, dean of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics. The event includes an announcement of the nine new companies that located in Lexington using federal and local grants. Free.

Student event: "From Idea to Buyout." Noon-1 p.m., Gatton College of Business and Economics, Room 248. Free pizza and a talk by Peyton Fouts, founder of Lexington-based OuiBox LLC, about the company and its journey from idea through fundraising to potential exit. Free but limited to the first 60 students who register at Freestudentevent.eventbrite.com.

Indie Game Night. 6 p.m., Awesome Inc., 348 E. Main St. Learn about developments in the indie game movement. Bring indie games that you find compelling and would like to discuss. Sponsored by RunJumpDev. Free.

Nov. 19

Workshop for CPAs and entrepreneurs: "So, You Started a business. ... Now What?" 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Commerce Lexington. Focus on financial accounting and reporting for development and early-stage companies. Led by Justin Hubbard and Jacob Sizemore of Dean Dorton. Lunch provided by Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center. CPAs attending will be eligible to receive 2.0 hours of CPE. Free, but limited to 60 registrants at GEW-financialaccounting-reporting.eventbrite.com.

Legal workshop for entrepreneurs. 5-6 p.m., Commerce Lexington. Doug Martin of Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney PLLC will discuss selecting and forming the correct legal entity to meet a start-up's needs and to address related issues of interest to the entrepreneur. Refreshments provided. Free, but limited to 60 registrants at GEW-legalworkshopforentrepreneurs.eventbrite.com.

Game Development Night. 6 p.m., Awesome Inc. Meet with fellow game developers to work on games, share knowledge, learn about tools like Unity and show off creations. Sponsored by RunJumpDev. Free.

Nov. 20

Social media and website development workshop. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Commerce Lexington. Conducted by Bluegrass Small Business Development Center and SCORE. Lunch provided by the Lexington Innovation and Commercialization Center from La Petite Crêperie and Chef Doug's The Snack Shack. Free, but limited to 60 registrants at GEW-socialmediawebsite.eventbrite.com.

Geeks Night Out. 5-7 p.m., Soundbar, 208 S. Limestone. Network with IN2LEX group and see unveiling of RunJumpDev's Lexitron. Sponsored by Hensley-Elam. Free, but registration encouraged at GEW-geeksnightout.eventbrite.com. First 20 registrants get free beer.

Nov. 21

Marketing workshop: "The Brand of 'You.'" 9 a.m.-noon, Wild Thyme, 1060 Chinoe Rd. Learn important tips on how to brand you and your business, how to work a room during a business event and get the most out of your casual conversations. Sponsored by Kentucky Small Business Development Center and Sam's Club. Breakfast snacks provided. Free, but limited to 50 registrants at GEW-thebrandofyoumarketing.eventbrite.com.

Lexington Venture Club Entrepreneurial Celebration. 5-7 p.m., LexArts, 161 N. Mill St. Annual celebration of Bluegrass entrepreneurs and recognition of the first recipients of Lexington's eAchievers award for excellence in entrepreneurship. Sponsored by Lexington Venture Club. $35. Register at Eventbrite.com/event/8741208189.

Nov. 22

Open coffee: "Risk: Leveraging the Four-Letter Word." 10-11 a.m., La Petite Crêperie, 191 Kentucky Ave. Led by Megan Smith, founder and editor of Cake and Whiskey. Free, but limited to 25 registrants at GEW-opencoffee.eventbrite.com.

"Stand Up for Your Startup" pitch competition. 2 p.m., Commerce Lexington. Five-minute presentations from entrepreneurs hoping to raise money for a start-up. Winner will receive $1,000 to use toward the startup; second prize gets $500. Competition is closed to new entrants. Free.

Nov. 22-24

Startup Weekend. Awesome Inc. Learn what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to navigate the professional and personal challenges, failures and successes. Startup Weekend is a global grass-roots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Complete information at Lexington.startupweekend.org. Register and pay at SWlexington1113.eventbrite.com.

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