Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kalamazoo

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kalamazoo
Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kalamazoo - Awesome Mitten
Courtesy of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Have you ever had an idea and thought, “Man, I should just quit my job and make a company out of that”? Today it’s happening more and more; people are taking their ideas and turning them into a business.

For the 5th consecutive year, Kalamazoo is participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a week to inspire people everywhere through local, national, and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. On November 17th – 23rd, Startup Zoo is hosting one event each evening to help get people thinking and innovation flowing.

Each night is dedicated to inspiring, educating, and connecting. Check out the list of events below:

  • Monday: Startup Crawl (tour of Kalamazoo startups)
  • Tuesday: How to Start a Startup YC viewing
  • Wednesday: Startup Zoo Spotlight
  • Thursday: Mentor Mixer
  • Friday – Sunday:  Startup Weekend 5! (You’re an Awesome Mitten Insider so when registering for the event, use the special code below for a 20% discount!)
Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kalamazoo - Awesome Mitten
Courtesy of Startup Zoo.

If you think you saw something particularly special Friday through Sunday, you are right! Startup Weekend 5 will begin Friday, November 21st and run through Sunday, November 23rd. If you are thinking, “What is Startup Weekend?” consider a crazy busy weekend dedicated entirely to launching a brand new product. Or, as Startup Zoo describes it, “Pitch an idea. Form a team. Launch a product. All in 54 hours.” It’s an ironically enjoyable weekend where participants suffer from an extreme lack of sleep, but somehow an excess of energy and enthusiasm.

What is particularly exciting about this year’s Kalamazoo’s Startup Weekend 5 is that is is also part of Global Startup Battle where local participants will compete with people at over 200 different events around the globe.

GEW is the type of event that keeps your mind busy in the days following thinking of ideas and exciting new opportunities. Get more information about GEW and Startup Weekend from Startup Zoo – and don’t forget: just for reading this article you get an extra 20% off registration to Startup Weekend 5 by using the coupon code “awesomemitten.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kalamazoo - Awesome Mitten
Courtesy of Startup Weekend Kalamazoo.

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