Innovation Summit Headlines Global Entrepreneurship Week at BW

October 1, 2014

BW plugs into international celebration, staging a roster of events that includes CIG/Ernst & Young Innovation Summit, free innovation talks and a Cleveland pitch contest for women.

Baldwin Wallace University is marshaling resources to help show the way to successful innovation during Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations, Nov. 17-23. Whether you’re interested in starting or growing a successful business, or changing the world through a nonprofit, BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG) and BW Blackstone LaunchPad are planning an inspiring and informative slate of events.

CIG/Ernst & Young Innovation Summit Features Heavy Hitters

Headlining the week at BW is a half-day CIG Innovation Summit, presented by Ernst & Young, on Thursday, November 20. The event will feature Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award-winners in a TED Talk-style format, along with a lineup of heavy-hitting innovation leaders from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Brand Castle, C. TRAC, Carbon Vision and Allegro Realty Advisors.

BW also is partnering to host a regional Pitch Contest for Women Entrepreneurs on Wednesday, November 19 at Toast in Cleveland. The event is a collaboration of all Northeast Ohio Blackstone LaunchPad programs and Bad Girls Ventures Cleveland. Free talks on “Launching a Nonprofit” (with Liz Ferro from Girls with Sole!) and “Initial Funding for Your Idea” (with Brewnuts founder Shelley Fasulko) are also on the entrepreneurship week agenda at BW.

Part of an International Movement

All BW events (detailed below) are included among the activities listed in the massive, international Global Entrepreneurship Week database. The annual event, which started in 2007, is billed as “is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.”

Baldwin Wallace University 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week events:

Launching a Nonprofit

Free CIGtalk featuring Liz Ferro from Girls with Sole!
Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m.
Center for Innovation & Growth, 340 Front Street, Berea
On the heels of her appearance on NBC's Today Show, learn from inspiring social entrepreneur Liz Ferro, the woman who created Girls with Sole! to empower young girls for a lifetime of achievement through fitness. This talk includes free pizza.

Pitch Contest for Women Entrepreneurs

Blackstone LaunchPad Regional Event with Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland
Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.

TOAST Cleveland, 1365 West 65th Street, Cleveland
Cheer on BW student entrepreneurs at TOAST in Gordon Square when students from BW’s Blackstone LaunchPad will compete against LaunchPad students from Kent State, Case and LCCC in this first ever BLP/Bad Girl Ventures Pitch Contest for Women Entrepreneurs. Sign up by emailing

CIG/Ernst & Young Innovation Summit

Leading and Executing Innovation
Thursday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. – Noon
Center for Innovation & Growth, 340 Front Street, Berea
Meet Ernst & Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award-winners as they share success stories in a TED Talk-style format. Learn from innovation leaders from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, Brand Castle, C. TRAC, Carbon Vision and Allegro Realty Advisors. Get details and register online.

Initial Funding for Your Idea

BW Blackstone LaunchPad Workshop featuring Culinary Startup Owner Shelley Fasulko
Thursday, Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m.

Quarry Room, Strosacker Hall Union, 120 E. Grand St. (at Tressel St.) Berea
Part of the free Blackstone LaunchPad workshop series open to anyone from any major who wants to be part of BW's Community of Entrepreneurs. This workshop features Shelley Fasulko, founder of the Cleveland culinary startup Brewnuts – the city’s only craft beer-based donuts. Event includes free pizza. Register here.

In addition to the public Entrepreneurship Week events listed above, Wednesday, Nov. 19 will mark Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland Pitch Day. Ten finalist women entrepreneurs, who have been competing for a $25,000 low interest loan over the course of Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland’s fall semester at BW, will make their final pitches to reviewers. Though the November 19 pitch is closed to the public, the women will redeliver the pitches at a 5:30 p.m. December 3 graduation reception at BW’s CIG – where the winner will be announced– and the public is invited to attend.