Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 13-17) is the world's largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. One week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activities. With more than 150 activities planned by local organizations in Kansas City, there's something for everyone. We're highlighting some of the activities that may be of special interest to female entrepreneurs and business owners.

A full schedule of activities can be found at gewkc.org.


Moms Mean Business: The Life of a Mompreneur

Monday, November 13
10:00-11:30am
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, Room 1L, Kansas City, MO

Four mompreneurs share their experience. Hear the survival tips in balancing business and family.

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Greater Than the Sum of the Parts: Teaming & Joint Ventures-Prime and 2nd Tier Contract Strategies to Optimize Engagement and Growth

Monday, November 13
12:00-1:30pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, Room 1L, Kansas City, MO

Join a roundtable of leaders from throughout the community as we explore teaming trends and opportunities to build successful businesses together.

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Hype vs. Reality: Female Entrepreneurship

Monday, November 13
2:00-3:30pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, Room 1N, Kansas City, MO

Join panelists as they discuss the realities of being a woman in entrepreneurship. From starting up to cultivating growth, these female bosses have knowledge on how to succeed and how to work through the toughest challenges.

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Venture Lounge

Monday, November 13
6:00-8:00pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, 1923 Room, Kansas City, MO



Join angel investors, entrepreneurs and some of KC's most successful business elite at the GEW edition of Venture Lounge.

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NAWBO-KC: Women in Business Troubleshooting Session

Tuesday, November 14
8:00-9:30am
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, Room 1L, Kansas City, MO

Join us to collectively tackle a business challenge presented by Brandy McCombs, owner of International Builders & Consultants. Participate with women business owners in solving a problem using a collaborative perspective.

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If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get: 5 Steps to Be HEARD in a Noisy World

Tuesday, November 14
12:00-1:30pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, Room 1M, Kansas City, MO

The H.E.A.R.D. process of successful negotiations can help you hear "yes" more often and decipher when "no" means "maybe" or "tell me more".

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Midwest Funding Showcase

Tuesday, November 14
2:00-4:00pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th Street, 1923 Room, Kansas City, MO

It's like a pitch, but the funders are in the spotlight. We've gathered together the key players in the KC capital landscape for entrepreneurs who will share what they look for when funding loans, grants and equity investments.

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GUILDit Powerhouse Presenters

Wednesday, November 15
10:00-11:30am
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO

Watch two powerhouse artists present their business and craft, then join in offering feedback, resources and ideas to help the artists.

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AltCap Your Biz Competition: Winner Annoucement and Happy Hour

Wednesday, November 15
4:00-5:30pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Medallion Theater, Kansas City, MO

Watch two powerhouse artists present their business and craft, then join in offering feedback, resources and ideas to help the artists.

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An Open Letter to My Daughter: How to Flip the Script on Sexism in STEM

Thursday, November 16
8:00-9:30am
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Room 1L, Kansas City, MO

"What is the best advice I can give an aspiring girl in STEM?" We will review the "six-step survival guide" by April Boyd-Noronha.

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Lessons Learned: Staying True to the Course as Your Business Grows

Thursday, November 16
10:00-11:30am
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., 1923 Room, Kansas City, MO

Entrepreneur panelists will share what they've learned about defining your products and services, entering new markets and staying true to the course.

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How to Get Funded in Kansas City

Thursday, November 16
2:00-4:00pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Room 1L, Kansas City, MO

Hear from veterans of the funding wars (business owners and entrepreneurial support organizations) about who to approach, when and how.

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Painting Party: Creativity Drives Success

Thursday, November 16
6:00-7:30pm
Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Room 1M, Kansas City, MO


Come for a fun evening of networking and visiting with fellow entrepreneurs while creating a painting and enjoying cocktails. You'll recreate an image of the Kansas City skyline.

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We look forward to seeing you at GEWKC!