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Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 11-18, 2011


GEW 2011 at McPherson College

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Events & Challenges

Global Enterprise Challenge: Panama

“Jump in for Change”

    • Individuals and/or teams will compete to win “Jars of Change”, $500 for the first prize, $300 for second prize and $100 for third prize in this entrepreneurial idea challenge.  The premise is simple, go out into the community and identify an issue that needs an innovative solution.  Explore the issue (talk to community members, look at other communities who have dealt with similar issues etc.) and then come up with an entrepreneurial solution to effect change.  Your ideas will be judged by college and community members and the winning idea will receive prize money and the opportunity to work with community leaders  to implement the solution.
      Details and Entry Form

“Think Globally, App Locally”

    • Individuals will compete to win a new iPad in this innovative challenge.  A workshop will be held to teach students how to design an app during GEW.  Students will then create their own new entrepreneurial app that will recognize and provide a solution to a problem they have identified.  The winning app will be judged on its originality, its ease of use, and its potential impact on the world, either commercially or socially.
      Developing an App Workshop 11:30-12:15 p.m. Siek Dining
      Details and Entry Form

E-Team Competition

    • This entrepreneurial competition will challenge student groups on campus to look at themselves in new and different ways.  The competition, open to any student organization or chartered club on campus, will require them to develop an entrepreneurial activity that will create value and growth to their organization.  The concept must clearly demonstrate how the activity will add value to the organization, whether through increased student participation, increased funding, or increased value to the members.  The winning student group will grab not only $500 in seed money but a full-day trip to participate in team-building activities on a local challenge course for its members.
      Competition Details

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

    • Extreme Tour College event
      Sunday, November 13  1pm-5pm
      Social and commercial venture key-note speakers. Workshops for GEC participants.
    • Kansas High School student event
      Monday, November 14   10am – noon
      Commercial and Social Entrepreneurs will be inspiring area high school students to take action on their dreams. Open to individuals and classes.
      Sign up online
    • Announcement of Jump Start Kansas – a challenge to Kansas high school students to invent commercial or non-profit ventures that demonstrate the entrepreneurial spirit. Students can enter as an individual or as a team. The winner will receive a $5,000 grant.

Faculty & Staff Opportunity Fund 

    • Ideas to support programming, curriculum or your department in an entrepreneurial way that benefits the college and/or our students. Entries should be submitted to No deadline.

Freedom to Jump - Celebrating the Spirit of Entrepreneurship at MC

    • This gala event will culminate the week’s activities with a key-note address from world-renowned innovation and creativity speaker Jeff Stamp (see bio below) and the celebration of entrepreneurship at MC with the announcement of the winners of the week’s challenges.  Community members will join us for this wrap-up of a week of entrepreneurship and Freedom to Jump at the college with live music and hors d’oeuvres followed by the Keynote address and winner announcements.
    • Any student who participates in an entrepreneurial activity during the week will be eligible to register to win the Grand Prize raffle of a skydiving adventure.




Jeffrey Stamp

Jeffrey StampDr. Stamp has over 25 years of world-wide experience in bringing out the creative best in business professionals and university students.  He is recognized worldwide as a master creative practitioner developing numerous methods that are designed to accelerate ‘Discovery Thinking’ and cognitive fluidity.

You will recognize Dr. Stamp by the products he has created while in corporate life. He was the inventor, creator, and brand manager of “Baked Lays”, for PepsiCo’s snack division Frito-Lay, which achieved $230 million in first year sales and was named by Ernst and Young as the top brand introduction in the 90’s for the food sector. Products created by Dr. Stamp appear in markets worldwide.  In 2008 Dr. Stamp was awarded the prestigious Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Award from the Acton Foundation. His research is focused on the creative and cognitive processes that entrepreneurs use in idea creation, technology innovation, and opportunity recognition.   

Dr. Stamp will be on campus November 17 and 18 to work with both faculty and staff to develop their creative processes and to meet with students to discuss innovation and entrepreneurship.  A faculty workshop entitled Creative Innovation: The Entrepreneurial Imperative will be held on November 18 at 11:30 in which Dr. Stamp will give practical tips on teaching entrepreneurship across the curriculum, regardless of a student’s major.  Dr. Stamp will also work with student organizations to help them develop creative and innovative ways of leading.


Also see:  2010 Global Entrepreneurship Week @ McPherson College