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NMSU Arrowhead Center celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 12-16

Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University’s gateway to entrepreneurship, innovation and technology transfer, will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 12-16, with events and workshops around Las Cruces aimed at enhancing collaboration in the regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.



Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. (Courtesy image)

Arrowhead Center Innovator-in-Residence Scott Maloney will host two information sessions on startups and entrepreneurship as part of Arrowhead’s Global Entrepreneurship Week activities. (Courtesy image)

Kauffman Fellow and Arrowhead Innovation Fund Manager Estela Hernandez will host two information sessions about venture capital and investing as part of Arrowhead Center’s Global Entrepreneurship Week activities. (Courtesy image)

Two of Arrowhead Center’s top enterprise advisors will also be honored for their work as mentors to clients of Arrowhead’s many programs that support entrepreneurs on their journey from idea to market.

All events are open to the public.

Events kick off with a Startup Grind Coffee Hour at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Beck’s Roasting House & Creamery, 130 N. Mesquite St. with Arrowhead Center Innovator-in-Residence Scott Maloney, who will lead a discussion on “How Entrepreneurship Will Save the World.” Later Monday, Kauffman Fellow and Arrowhead Innovation Fund Manager Estela Hernandez will host “Venture Capital 101” from 5 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of Arrowhead Center, located at 3655 Research Drive on the NMSU campus, in Genesis Center building C.

On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Arrowhead Center and WESST will co-host an Entrepreneur Encounters panel from 4 to 6 p.m. with local business owners at Cruces Creatives makerspace, 205 E. Lohman Ave., followed by “After Hours on the Rocks,” a networking session from 6 to 8 p.m. at Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery, 119 Main St., hosted in partnership with Startup Las Cruces.

A webinar on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. from the NM FAST (Federal and State Technology) program will introduce small-business owners to how Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants can help their businesses grow. A link to the webinar is available at http;//arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events. Also Wednesday, Studio G, the student and alumni business incubator at Arrowhead Center, will host a Networking Hour from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in room 109D at Academic Research building A on the NMSU campus focused on how to manage a startup. Networking Hour is also streamed live on the Studio G Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/studiognmsu.

A Lunch and Learn Session with Maloney from 1:30 to 2:30 Thursday, Nov. 15, at Studio G is open to students and community members interested in hearing about Maloney’s startup journey and seeking advice about their own business ventures. Thursday evening from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at La Posta, 2410 Calle de San Albino in Mesilla, Arrowhead Innovation Fund and Coronado Ventures Forum of Los Alamos will co-host “The New Heat Map: Investing in Southern New Mexico,” where a panel of investors and entrepreneurs will speak about the regional investment landscape. Tickets are $25, and are available from HoldMyTicket.com. Visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, Arrowhead Center will host an Enterprise Advisor Recognition Lunch to celebrate Dick Welter, a business development and licensing professional, and Leah Messina, founder of Sinuate Media, for the many hours of advice, expertise and mentorship they have contributed to clients of Studio G and Arrowhead Ventures as part of the Arrowhead Center Enterprise Advisor Network.

For more information about all of these events, and to RSVP, visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/events or contact Kristin Morehead at kmorehea@nmsu.edu.

For younger aspiring entrepreneurs, Arrowhead Center’s Innoventure K-12 entrepreneurship education program is offering opportunities to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, as well.

The Innoventure Challenge, a free, fast-paced business plan and prototype competition for high school students in New Mexico and the El Paso area, launches its second of three preliminary rounds of competition on Nov. 12. Winning teams from each round are invited to a final Innoventure Challenge competition day at NMSU on April 5, 2019, with travel and lodging costs provided for finalist teams. For more information about the competition or to register, visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure/challenge.

Elementary students can also get in on the action, with free entrepreneurship and teamwork activities offered by Innoventure Jr. The Innoventure Jr. Global Entrepreneurship Week Prototype Capstone Competition is accepting contest entries through Dec. 3 from elementary classes throughout New Mexico. For more information on the free activities or the contest, visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventurejr or contact Innoventure Director Amanda Bradford at ambradfo@nmsu.edu. Innoventure is supported by the Daniels Fund and Wells Fargo.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an initiative of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, and comprises thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries around the world, which aims to inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations, including Arrowhead Center. For more information on Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit https://genglobal.org/gew.