Penn State Altoona to offer events, activities for Global Entrepreneurship Week

ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona will hold several activities and events as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will take place Nov. 12-16.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the annual celebration of Penn State's year-round commitment to innovation. It brings together students, faculty, staff and community members to promote the entrepreneurial spirit and cultivate student startups. Each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires people everywhere through local, national and global events to help them explore their potential as innovators and self-starters.

For anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business, Penn State Altoona will offer the following Global Entrepreneurship Week events and activities:

Monday, Nov. 12

Intellectual Property & Technology Law

6 to 8 p.m. | Altoona LaunchBox Supported by the Hite Family

With Attorney Barry Friedman

Learn best practices for obtaining patents, trademarks and copyrights, along with the creation and implementation of licensing relationships.

To register, email [email protected] or call 814-940-3401.

Cost: Free

Toona Tank

7:45 p.m. for sign-ups, 8 p.m. competition | Pond View Lounge, Slep Student Center

Hosted by Alpha Phi Delta and the Sheetz Fellows

Like "Shark Tank," students will compete in a game show-type event to sell a random/whacky idea or product to win prizes.

Cost: $5 to enter the contest, $1 to watch; pizza will be provided

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Evolution of Downtown Altoona

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Altoona LaunchBox Supported by the Hite Family

Sponsored by Young Professionals of Blair County

Enjoy a panel discussion and walking tour. Bring business cards for networking.

Register at or by calling 814-943-8151.

Cost: $5

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Effective Business Planning Workshop

6 to 8 p.m. | Altoona LaunchBox Supported by the Hite Family

With Jeff Boldizar, director, St. Francis Small Business Development Center

Entrepreneurs in all stages of development will learn how to gather resources to turn their idea into a successful business.

To register, email [email protected] or call 814-940-3401.

Cost: Free

Fast Track to Success

6 to 8 p.m. | Port-Sky Café, Mountain View Room

Hosted by the Sheetz Fellows

Networking event for Penn State Altoona students with business professionals.

To register, email [email protected].

Cost: Free

Thursday, Nov. 15

Entrepreneur In Residence

8 a.m. to noon | Sheetz Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence

With Colleen Devorris, owner, BrandDemon Strategies+Design

Devorris will meet one-on-one with students about their business plans and career aspirations.

Register online

Social Media with Rob Z

6 to 8 p.m. | Altoona LaunchBox Supported by the Hite Family

Find out the three simple steps you can take to turn Facebook fans into paying customers.

Register online

Cost: $10

Friday, Nov. 16

Is My Idea Patentable?

10 to 11:50 a.m. | Room 129, Hawthorn Building

With Lori Lysiak

Learn how to protect intellectual property with copyright, patents, trademarks and trade secrets.

Cost: Free