Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Free Events

NOVEMBER 18 — 21, 2019

All events are free and located at the Johnson College of Business and Economics except for the USC Upstate Student Pitch Event on the University's main campus and the Artists and Creatives event, which will be held at Mayfair Art Studios 

Preregistration required where indicated.

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Monday, Nov. 18

Kick-off Global Entrepreneurship Week Event

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | Rotunda
Launch event to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week; open to all USC Upstate students, faculty, administration and members of the business community. Refreshments provided and live music. Student businesses will be on display.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

Community Panel – Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Upstate

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | BMW Classroom 150

Panel discussion with successful women entrepreneurs, including special guests South Carolina Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette and Jaime Wall, partner, WJ Partners, and Robyn Hussa Farrell, Co-founder and CEO of Sharpen. Moderated by Dr. Meredith Brunen, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement. Box lunch provided.

Preregistration required.


How Artists and the Creative Community Can Grow Revenue and Connect to Capital

5 – 7 p.m. | Mayfair Art Studios, Spartanburg

Expert speaker and panelists will provide their insights to help you generate more revenue, get access to capital and protect your valuable art, music and creative content. Special Guest Speaker, Kristin Whiting, Art Lawyer & Consultant. Panelists include: Steve Johnson, Entrepreneur and Regional Manager, SCRA: South Carolina Research Authority; Edris Tucker, Financial Development Manager, CommunityWorks. Moderated by Jennifer Evins, president & CEO, Chapman Cultural Center. Libations and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Preregistration required.

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce Panel Discussion: Entrepreneurship: Driving Economic Development

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | BMW Classroom 150

Moderator Allen Smith, president and CEO, Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and experts from the business community will discuss the impact entrepreneurship is having on economic development in Spartanburg County. Panelists include:  John Bauknight, President Longleaf Holdings/Broker NAI Earle Furman; Steve Hall, Vice President of Business Development and Senior Talent Consultant at Find Great People.

Box lunch provided

Preregistration required.


USC Upstate Student Business Pitch

5:30 – 7 p.m. | Main Campus (JM Smith Boardroom-HEC)

All USC Upstate students campus-wide have an opportunity to pitch their business ideas with feedback from Jeff Smith, senior instructor, Johnson College of Business and Economics, and former student entrepreneurs. Refreshments provided and prizes awarded.

Preregistration required to attend; to participate, students must submit pitch form (to be provided).

Thursday, Nov. 21

Johnson Innovation Speaker Series – John Rossman, former executive at Amazon
Digital Disruption: Lessons learned from 'The Amazon Way'

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. | BMW Classroom 150

Keynote address | Box lunch provided 

Preregistration required.

Please register for this event using the following link: Registration for the Johnson Innovation Speaker Series.


GEW Closing Reception with Alumni Entrepreneur Showcase

5 – 7 p.m. | Susu Johnson Art Gallery

Prominent USC Upstate alumni entrepreneurs share their success stories and paths to building their businesses. They are: Dan Adams, '83, president and CEO, The Capital Corp.; Chip Smith, '78, owner and president, Blue Ridge Log Cabins; Jack Robinson Jr., '84, president, Volunteer Box LLC; and Mark Hinson, '80, chair and co-founder, Instream. Reception with libations and hors d’oeuvres.

Preregistration required.