Workshops, waffles and Woz: Your guide to Global Entrepreneurship Week

Outside the Kauffman Foundation in KC, is the statue of the Kauffmans. |Erika Peepo/Missouri Business Alert
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, established by the late Kansas City entrepreneur Ewing Kauffman, launched the first Global Entrepreneurship Week in 2008. The foundation will be a hub of events all week. |Erika Peepo/Missouri Business Alert

Global Entrepreneurship Week is underway, with a variety of events taking place around the state and across the world. The weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship aims to recognize founders and innovators, and to inspire people to explore their own entrepreneurial potential.

Now in its eighth year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) was launched in 2008 by Kansas City’s Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The foundation, which has a dual mission focused on entrepreneurship and education, remains a prominent backer of GEW.

Since its start, GEW has grown to include more than 160 countries. Organizers say this year’s rendition will involve as many as 10 million participants around the world.

Kansas City is again a hub of GEW activity, with more than 80 functions planned for the metro area throughout the week. There are also a handful of entrepreneurial events going on elsewhere in the state this week.

Missouri Business Alert has picked out a few of the highlights:


REDI Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

9 a.m. at Columbia REDI (500 E. Walnut St., Columbia)

This two-day boot camp, which continues Wednesday, will feature presentations and workshops from people with expertise in a range of subjects, from risk capital to social media to human resources. Learn more

Bringing Innovation to Life: How the Digital Sandbox KC Is Fueling Future KC Entrepreneurs

8:30 a.m. at Central Exchange (1020 Central St., Kansas City)

The Digital Sandbox, a proof-of-concept center launched in 2013, will host an event focused on its efforts to help early-stage businesses in Kansas City. Several Digital Sandbox startups will be on hand to share their experiences. Learn more

Signage at the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator | Courtesy of
A Tuesday event will offer insights to startups that aspire to participate in the Sprint Mobile Accelerator.| Courtesy of Sprint Mobile Accelerator

TechCrunch Pitch-Off

4 p.m. at Ballpark Village’s PBR Cowboy Bar (601 Clark Ave., St. Louis)

TechCrunch, the San Francisco-based tech media company, is hosting a pitch contest in which entrepreneurs have just 60 seconds to impress a panel of judges. Winners will walk away with cash prizes, introductions to venture capitalists and invitations to future TechCrunch events. Learn more

How to get into Techstars – The Sprint Mobile Accelerator

6 p.m. at the Sprint Accelerator (210 W. 19th Terr)

Representatives from Techstars, Sprint and startups that have participated in the organizations’ joint mobile business accelerator will share insights on what it takes to earn a spot in the competitive program. Learn more


One in a Million final pitches

8 a.m. at the Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

This nationwide pitch contest, featuring past presenters from the Kauffman Foundation’s 1 Million Cups events, culminates with a finale featuring five startups vying for a $10,000 grand prize. Judges include Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure and Techstars chief product officer Nicole Glaros. For those who can’t catch the event in person, video will be streamed online. Learn more

Callie England, founder of vegan snack startup Rawxies, presents at a 1 Million Cups Kansas City event in February 2013. | Photo Courtesy of Kauffman Labs
Past 1 Million Cups presenters like vegan snack startup Rawxies and founder Callie England (above) were eligible for the inaugural One in a Million pitch contest that concludes Wednesday. | Courtesy of Kauffman Labs

Startup Connection

5 p.m. at Washington University’s Knight Hall (1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis)

This annual event offers St. Louis entrepreneurs an opportunity for exposure, featuring a startup showcase, a resource fair and a pitch competition. Learn more


The Secrets of Mobile Entrepreneurship

7 p.m. at Cowork Waldo (7449 Broadway, Kansas City)

Smartphones, iPads and other mobile devices have opened new horizons for business development. At this event, mobile technology experts will share ideas about how to capitalize on the latest trends. Learn more

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

2:30 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City)

Professionals with specialties ranging from law to marketing to accounting will provide advice and answer questions for women entrepreneurs. After this event wraps up, attendees can catch a panel discussion on women entrepreneurs that starts at 6:30 p.m. just across the street at UMKC. Learn more


Startup Waffles

8 a.m. at Think Big Partners (1712 Main St., Kansas City)

Think Big Partners, a Kansas City startup accelerator, investor and coworking space, hosts the city’s entrepreneurs for all-you-can eat waffles. Learn more

Anderson Chandler Lecture with Steve Wozniak

11 a.m. at the University of Kansas (1600 Stewart Drive, Lawrence, Kan.)

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded of Apple in 1976 with Steve Jobs, will present the University of Kansas business school’s Anderson Chandler Lecture. Wozniak is also speaking Thursday night at Kansas City’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more

Steve Wozniak, Apple founder | Courtesy of Campus Party Colombia/Flickr
Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, will deliver a pair of talks as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. | Courtesy of Campus Party Colombia/Flickr

Entrepreneur StoryTime: The Business of Microbrews

7 p.m. at the Mid-Continent Public Library (8900 NE Flintlock Road, Kansas City)

Pete Dulin, who writes about microbreweries in Kansas City and the surrounding area, will moderate a panel discussion featuring representatives from four of those breweries: Steve Holle of KC Bier Company, Aaron Ogilvie of Double Shift Brewing, Matt Moore of Martin City Brewing and Gene DeClue of Rock & Run Brewery. Learn more

Startup Weekend Springfield

6:30 p.m. at the eFactory (405 N. Jefferson Ave., Springfield)

Startup Weekend, which is held in cities across the globe, kicks off Friday with participants pitching business ideas. Teams form around a handful of those ideas, and the groups spend the weekend working to establish the foundations of viable businesses. The weekend culminates in final presentations on Sunday night. Learn more

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