Pitt, CMU team up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of the idea generators, global entrepreneurs, innovators and job creators — all areas that Pitt inspires to be involved with.

Pitt teams with Carnegie Mellon University for a week of activities from Nov. 18 -24. Many of strictly student oriented, but there are plenty open to faculty, staff and students.

Steel City Startups: Pitt x CMU — 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom. This kick-off event for Global Entrepreneurship Week will start with a networking reception for alumni, faculty, students and friends from Pitt and CMU followed by four TEDx-style presentations from Pitt and CMU innovators. Hear how these entrepreneurs have pursued their dreams and leveraged resources at both universities to help grow their startups. Register here.

PDMA Competition — 5-7 p.m. Nov. 19, CMU, Tepper Quad, Swartz Center. Pittsburgh's Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association will help celebrate Pitt and CMU’s Global Entrepreneurship Week by sponsoring a student pitch competition.  Eight teams — four graduate and four undergraduate teams from Pitt and CMU — will have 90 seconds to pitch their innovative ideas to an expert panel of judges to compete for great prizes.  Join us to experience the energy and creativity of Pittsburgh’s future innovators and entrepreneurs. Register here to attend the event.

Everyone Wins: Meet Upprize Social Innovators — 5:30-7 p.m. Nov. 20, O'Hara Student Center, Ballroom (2nd Floor). Interested in learning more about taking entrepreneurial action to help solve local, regional, national or global challenges?  Students, alumni, and the Pittsburgh community are welcome to join us for a conversation with Pittsburgh mission-driven organizations. Register here.

Events sponsored by ULS

The University Library System also is hosting several events related to Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“She Started It” Film Screening — 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 15, G74 Hillman Library. “She Started It” upends the popular perception of a male-dominated Silicon Valley. Featuring interviews with leading female CEOs and entrepreneurs, it follows several passionate, trailblazing young women as they strive to launch their companies in the ruthlessly competitive world of high-tech start-ups. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Library Maker Technologies: Open House and Tour — 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 18, Ground Floor, Hillman Library. The library and its partners provide the spaces, technologies and expertise to help entrepreneurs create 3D printed objects, record presentations, explore virtual reality, make use of GIS mapping technologies, digitize documents, create 3D scans, and use other creative and analytical software. Come tour the Open Lab @ Hillman, One Button Studio and Digital Scholarship Commons and learn about library media and maker technologies open to all Pitt students, faculty and staff. Free food and resource demos offered every hour, on the hour.

Patent Prior Art Searching, Part One — 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Sorrells Library, 4th Floor Wean Hall, Carnegie Mellon. Searching the patent and other engineering/science databases for prior art is a monumental task. It really helps to use a systematic approach to the task and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outlines just such an approach in the 7-Step U.S. Patent Search Strategy Guide. This workshop will introduce attendees to the process and give them practice with using the Cooperative Patent Classification scheme for locating relevant patents. Attendees are expected to bring their laptops. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for this event.

Using Census Business Data for Customer Discovery Research — Noon-1 p.m. Nov. 19, 171B Hillman Library, Latin American Lecture Room. Come learn how to use the Economic Census and other business data platforms offered from the U.S. Census Bureau. Presented by Noemi Mendez, data dissemination specialist, U.S. Census Bureau Philadelphia regional office. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Pennsylvania Business Resources — 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 20, Pitt Homewood Community Engagement Center, 622 N. Homewood Ave. Are you interested in starting a small business in Pennsylvania? Come learn about the extensive business resources available to all Pennsylvania residents. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required. Co-presented with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

From Ideation to Commercialization: Panel Discussion and Networking Lunch — 12:30-1:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 102 Benedum Hall. Attendees will learn about Pitt and community resources and services to help transition from ideation to commercialization including market research assistance, business mentoring, funding, and industry expertise. This is event is free and open to all Pitt affiliates. This event is sponsored by the University Library System, Innovation Institute and Business and Engineering Graduate Student Organizations. Registration is required. Register here.

Patent Prior Art Searching, Part Two — 6-7 p.m. Nov. 25, Sorrells Library, 4th Floor Wean Hall, CMU. This is the second part of a two-part workshop where participants will share their experience with efforts to locate the proper area of the Cooperative Patent Classification scheme for either their own idea or one suggested to them by the instructor. Laptops or files will be needed for sharing results. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.