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College of Engineering, Business Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Event

November 8, 2017
Women's Entrepreneurship Day flyer
Women's Entrepreneurship Day will take place Nov. 17 on the UW campus.

The role of women in business development throughout the world is the focus of a free upcoming event, hosted by the University of Wyoming’s College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) and College of Business (COB).

UW’s Women's Entrepreneurship Day takes place Nov. 17 from 4-8 p.m. in the Michael B. Enzi STEM U Building . The event is free and open to UW students, staff and faculty and Laramie community members with an RSVP. Those interested in attending can RSVP here.

“It is exciting for the College of Business to be a part of this great day,” COB Dean David Chicoine says. “I personally look forward to participating and encouraging faculty and students from across the college and the university to take full advantage of the day's exciting events. Listening to and engaging with experienced successful women entrepreneurs, who have faced and overcome many business challenges, will be inspirational.”

The event will feature leading female entrepreneurs, free food, networking opportunities and a cash bar. Women's Entrepreneurship Day is officially Nov. 19, but will be recognized on campus two days earlier.

“We are proud to host an event like this, to showcase the leadership of women in entrepreneurship,” CEAS Dean Michael Pishko says. “This is just one of the efforts under way on our campus to encourage young women to engage in innovation and entrepreneurship by showcasing outstanding women entrepreneurs as role models.”

The COB has a robust entrepreneurship program that offers courses to all UW students, as well as both a minor and a major degree in entrepreneurship. Additionally, the COB hosts an annual entrepreneurship summit each year alongside the John P. Ellbogen $50K Entrepreneurship Competition. It is the goal of the COB to “activate” as many young entrepreneurs as we can through education about best practices, resources provided to help them succeed, and mentorship to show them what is possible.

The concept of entrepreneurship within the CEAS recently has become an emphasis in both curriculum and teaching methods. Engineering and computer science students have been active within entrepreneurship competitions and programs offered on campus, and the new Engineering, Education and Research Building (slated to open in 2019) will have a space dedicated to entrepreneurship and innovation within engineering disciplines.

National organizers of the event say Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a grassroots movement that empowers, celebrates and supports women in business worldwide. When women are elevated financially their communities, states, and countries prosper, which generates a global blueprint for alleviating poverty globally. Organizers of the national event add that women account for 85 percent of consumer purchases and control $20 trillion in global spending. In the U.S., there are approximately 10 million woman-owned businesses, generating $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing 7.8 million people. This number is expected to increase by 90 percent in the next five years, with 500,000 new businesses being created each year in the U.S.

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