Will This Float? is one of more than 75 events across the state that will highlight the fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will be celebrated Nov. 14-20.
GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare, according to Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
In Tennessee, organizations throughout the state are hosting business idea pitch contests, speed-networking, entrepreneurial camps, training events and more to encourage entrepreneurship and support startup companies.
“Governor (Bill) Haslam recognizes that startups can be a significant source of job creation, and he has placed a renewed focus on supporting entrepreneurship in his Jobs4TN economic development plan,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Global Entrepreneurship Week is an ideal time to celebrate the individuals that bring so many innovative business ideas to life and help further strengthen Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
Tennessee officially kicked off GEW 2011 on Friday with 48 Hour Launch — Launch Now, Sleep Later in Chattanooga, hosted by The Company Lab and Chattanooga Technology Council. The event continues through Monday. More than $30,000 of prizes will be awarded to winners in three different tracks representing technology-based ideas, product-based ideas and social innovations.
Hagerty will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon session of the Entrepreneurial Imperative Conference in Knoxville on Thursday This event includes ThriveTN, a workshop series by and for entrepreneurs; Navigator Awards, a celebration of entrepreneurship in the community; LaunchPoint, a series of discussions centered around technology commercialization; TEDx Knoxville, a gathering of big ideas; Convergence, a panel discussion on the state of the entrepreneurial ecosystem; and ThrottleUp!, a business plan competition.
Special events and activities continue throughout the week and around the state. For a complete list of all GEW events in Tennessee, visit www.tn.gov/ecd/gew/activities.html.