Global Entrepreneurship Week is a global movement to inspire people everywhere to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.  Where will this week take you? 


Week of Events:  November 6-12, 2020
Friday & Saturday, Nov 6 & 7:
The Money Table
Monday, Nov 9: An Evening with Ben Weiss
Tuesday, Nov 10:
PDMA Competition
Wednesday, Nov 11:
Changing the World: Social Innovation Panel
Thursday, Nov 12:
Steel City Startups: Pitt x CMU

See more GEW events hosted by the Library!

nov 6-7


Where: Zoom

Startup companies are a dime a dozen. Think you've got what it takes to pick a winner? Introducing The Money Table, the competition where you are the angel investor. Put real Pittsburgh startup companies in your hot seat. As you grill local entrepreneurs, real angel investors assess your investment team in a single elimination tournament. No experience required; we'll give you a crash course in investing prior to the competition. All backgrounds welcome, but you must be a graduate student to participate.

Application deadline is November 4.

Who Should Attend: Graduate Students from Pitt and CMU Only

Please apply to receive Zoom info. We will notify you of acceptance.


02 pitt nov 9 gew

An Evening with Ben Weiss

Author, Basementality | Founder, Crook & Marker and Bai Brands

When: 5 p.m.
Where: Zoom, please register to receive Zoom info

Join us for this special presentation, for 2020 only! The University of Pittsburgh presents Ben Weiss, founder of Bai Brands and author of Basementality, in this new talk designed to inspire budding entrepreneurs to get their ideas off of the ground. Ben founded Bai Brands in the basement of his townhouse in 2009 and, in just seven years, built Bai into the fastest-growing brand in the industry, leading to its $1.7 billion acquisition by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group. His new book, Basementality, offers the first inside look at how he drove Bai’s fight against Big Sugar and elevated the company from his basement to a $1.7 billion brand. It is the story of old-fashioned door-to-door hustle, naïve belief and the powerful mindset of a classic American entrepreneur.



02 pitt nov gew

Time: 5 - 7 P.M.
Where: Zoom, please register to receive Zoom info

Pittsburgh's Chapter of the Product Development and Management Association will help celebrate Pitt and CMU’s Global Entrepreneurship Week by sponsoring an exciting student pitch competition.  Top graduate and undergraduate teams from Pitt, CMU, and Duquesne will pitch their innovative ideas to an expert panel of judges to compete for great prizes. Join us to experience the energy and creativity of Pittsburgh’s future innovators and entrepreneurs.


pitt yellow nov 11

Changing the World: Social Innovation Panel


Time: 5 - 6:30 P.M.

Where: Zoom, please register to receive Zoom info

Interested in learning more about taking entrepreneurial action to help solve local, regional, national or global challenges?  Students, alumni, and the Pittsburgh community are welcome to join us for a conversation with Pittsburgh mission-driven organizations…it's a journey from inspiration to impact.

Who Should Attend:  Open to all.

02 pitt nov 12


When5 P.M. 
Where: Zoom, please register to receive Zoom info

Join us for our annual event highlighting startups from throughout the greater city of Pittsburgh! Hear TEDx style presentations from Pitt and CMU innovators and learn about how they were motivated to pursue commercialization, what path they are taking, and the challenges they’ve faced.

Who Should Attend:  Open to all. 


Spring 2021

We will soon be offering virtual site visits to local startups. Details regarding sign-ups will be made available in the near future. For the most up-to-date information, please visit  the Big Idea center's homepage or follow @pittbigidea on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.






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