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Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNB

November 18-24, 2019

The UNB Entrepreneurship Working Group is excited to bring the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebration to campus. GEW is an annual event with more than 165 countries participating each year. Join us November 18-24, 2019 on the Fredericton campus and participate in a wide variety of events, sessions, and competitions related to entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, social entrepreneurship, and more. Use the hashtag #GEW2019 to join the conversation!

Groups Participating

Schedule of Events

Monday (November 18)

Bits and Bites (CANCELLED)

Hosted by CS Square
Monday November 18th from 2:30-3:30pm in Gillin Hall, Room GE124

Rory Bray will speak about his role as a Security Architect for the Security Intelligence team in IBM's Security Systems division. His current role is leading the development and enhancement of security content within the QRadar products. Previously, he led the design and development of network topology modelling in QRadar Risk Manager and has over 8 years’ experience with QRadar. He has a background both in Software Development and IT Security.

 Learn More (CANCELLED) about Bits and Bites

Entrepreneurship Fail Forward Night

Hosted by Pond-Deshpande Centre
Monday November 18th from 7:00 – 9:00pm at The Abbey Café & Gallery (546 Queen Street)

Whether you’re a serial entrepreneur or taking your first kick at the can, the B4C Fail Forward Night offers candid storytelling you won’t want to miss.

United through the ups and downs, rejoicing from the lessons learned, we invite you to join us on Monday November 18th for cheers, fears, and (for our friends 19+) perhaps a few ciders from our friends at Red Rover!

Come hear local entrepreneurs share their stores of how they have navigated the start-up process, network with our vibrant Fredericton entrepreneurship community, and/or share your story!

 Register for Entrepreneurship Fail Forward Night

Tuesday (November 19)

Increasing Creative Capacity

Hosted by Mary Blatherwick from the Atlantic Centre for Creativity
Tuesday November 19th from 10:00 – 11:30am at the Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room, Room 100

This interactive workshop will engage participants in exploring the concepts and skills that lead to a deeper awareness and appreciation of creativity as a capacity that we each possess. It is our ability to create that ignites innovation.

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RBC Lunch & Learn Speaker Series: Vince McMullin

Hosted by J. Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management & Entrepreneurship
Tuesday November 19 from 12:30 – 1:30pm in Head Hall, Room H224

Hear from Vince McMullin, Chief Executive Officer of Turboplay, about using blockchain to innovate in the video game industry to create a new solution for gamers.

 Learn More about RBC Lunch & Learn Speaker Series

Wednesday (November 20)

Career Centre Workshop

Hosted by Career Development and Employment Centre
Wednesday November 20 from 9:30-11:00am at the Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room, Room 100

Where are the jobs and how do you find them? Sometimes opportunities can feel hidden. And it's true, 80% of jobs are not advertised. In this workshop, you will be equipped with strategies for uncovering these hidden job possibilities and receive employment industry tips of the trade, often known only to professionals.

 Learn More about the Career Centre Workshop

Speaker Series – Tim Powers and the Adventures of Investing

Hosted by International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (IBEC)
Wednesday November 20th from 12:00-1:00pm in Tilley Hall, Room 303

"As an entrepreneur himself and an investor in a variety of different ventures. Tim hopes to share some of the lessons he has learned and the adventures he has had from lingerie to the craft brewing industry with a few stops in between."

Tim Powers is Vice-Chairman of Summa Strategies, a leading Canadian public affairs consulting firm, and the Managing Director of Abacus Data, an opinion research company, both headquartered in Ottawa. He offers clients a wide range of experience and expertise in the fields of business, communications and public policy.

Mr. Powers is also a media commentator, appearing frequently on CBC’s “Power and Politics”. He is also a writer for the Hill Times newspaper in the nation’s capital.

He is the Chairman of Rugby Canada, Lead Director for Park Lawn Corporation and a former trustee at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH).

 Register for Tim Powers and the Adventures of Investing

In Charge: Women Talk Entrepreneurship

Hosted by UNB Libraries
Wednesday November 20th from 4:30 – 6:00pm at the Harriet Irving Library, Milham Room, Room 100

Join us in Harriet Irving Library as we share in a conversation with Susan Holt, Vice-President of Strategy and Communications at PLATO Testing and PQA Testing. The event will begin with a talk from Susan, followed by a networking reception with light refreshments. All are welcome to attend!

 Register for In Charge: Women Talk Entrepreneurship

Thursday (November 21)

Data Visualization Competition

Hosted by International Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (IBEC)
Thursday November 21st at the Wu Conference Centre

The Data Visualization Competition will bring together teams of participants from across Canada to demonstrate the power of open data.

Teams will assess and analyze data related to one of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and present to an audience to communicate a recommendation, story, or new idea. This allows for better decision-making and more varied solutions to problems that span a wide range of social, environmental, and economic topics.

Teams will be required to present the data they have analyzed to judges in a rapid “pitch” format in addition to creating an infographic poster for display during the event. It is an ideal setting for citizens to get engaged, to meet leaders in academia, government, and private organizations, and to explore the world of data science.

 Learn More about Data Visualization Competition

Using market research to validate a business idea

Hosted by UNB Libraries GEAR Workshop Series
Thursday November 21st from 2:30 – 4:00pm at the Harriet Irving Library, Learning Lab, Room 112

Considering a potential business idea? Looking to learn about potential business opportunities? Discover UNB Libraries market research databases. Learn how they can help validate a business idea, lead you to competitors, provide information on emerging technologies, and more.

 Register for Using market research to validate a business idea

Friday (November 22)

Reducing or promoting poverty? Challenging the “poverty industry”

Hosted by Renaissance College
Friday November 22nd from 9:00am – 12:00pm at Marshall d’Avray Hall, Room 261 | UNB

Join us for critical discussion and screening of Poverty Inc. a documentary inquiry into the nature of human flourishing and the effects of the multibillion-dollar poverty industrial complex erected to promote it. From TOMs Shoes to international adoptions, from solar panels to U.S. agricultural subsidies, the film challenges each of us to ask the tough questions: Could I be part of the problem? What might be more sustainable, just, and inclusive approaches to social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

 Watch the Trailer for Reducing or promoting poverty


Hosted by UNB Office of Research Services
Friday November 22nd (evening), Saturday November 23rd from 8:00AM – 4:00PM,
Sunday November 24th from 8:00AM – 4:00PM at Planet Hatch (50 Crowther Lane, Suite 140)

The University of New Brunswick’s Office of Research Services with Planet Hatch and Propel ICT is organizing a weekend long event where participants will be able to explore the opportunity of creating a new venture using intellectual property developed by UNB research. By the end of the weekend-long event, teams will have developed a lean business model and determine if they wish to pursue the business opportunity. This event is particularly oriented towards first-time entrepreneurs or people looking for their next venture.

 Register [POSTPONED]for UNB IP Hackathon