Think local, reach global





Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is celebrated in more than 165 nations and, locally, we’re excited to be in the midst of our fifth year celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week Rochester.

From coffees to keynotes, there have been an array of activities throughout the week of November 13-17 to fit everyone’s interests and schedules. “This year’s events really continued to grow what we started five years ago,” says Jamie Sundsbak, community manager of Collider Coworking and GEW Roch organizer. “We’ve provided networking, educational events, and inspiring speakers to celebrate entrepreneurs throughout the region.”

Dr. Peter Stark presenting at Pasquale’s Neighborhood Pizzeria

One such event was hosted by DMC on Monday, November 13. “Doing Business Globally: A Cultural Perspective” featured Dr. Peter J. Stark, an expert in international business strategies. Stark helped attendees navigate the unfamiliar terrain often encountered when conducting business abroad. “Doing business internationally is about more than understanding the cultural norms,” Chris Schad, DMC’s Senior Strategy Consultant, explains. “Dr. Stark provided insight on a variety of issues to consider when engaging in business with other countries.” 

Still to come this week are:

  • Byolincs Presents: Meet the Expert is on Thursday, November 16 from 12-1 p.m. A local community group dedicated to enabling and training entrepreneurial scientists and medical professionals, Byolincs will introduce Rochester local Traci Downs to share her story of successful entrepreneurship.
  • RAVE will take place Friday, November 17 from 4-6 p.m. An inspiring wrap-up to the week’s events, RAVE – or Rochester Area Values Entrepreneurs – will feature a variety of regional success stories and highlight the value entrepreneurs bring to communities.

“Thanks to the tireless efforts of a small but dedicated group of individuals, the entrepreneurial environment here in Rochester is strong and continuing to gain momentum,” says Schad. Entrepreneurs play an essential role in the economic growth of our community, and DMC is committed to supporting the work that’s being done to foster Rochester’s startup environment.

To learn about the many other activities going on this week, check out the GEW Rochester website and Facebook pages.