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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2023

Global Entrepreneurship Week (external link, opens in new window)  is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. GEW reaches millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through local, national and global events and activities. During one week each November, thousands of partners across the world hold events and competitions to celebrate and support local entrepreneurs.

Theme: Daily Innovations & Side Hustles

While not all need to be entrepreneurs, all can benefit from entrepreneurial thinking and innovation skills – a belief held by Zone Learning and many others in entrepreneurship and innovation. 

At Zone Learning, we believe that entrepreneurship isn’t just for entrepreneurs. That was the inspiration for this year's theme, "Daily Innovation & Side Hustles." 

Daily innovation is all about embracing the entrepreneurial mindset in your everyday life and finding innovative solutions to your daily challenges, whether they're related to your academics, career, or personal life. 

Now, when we say "side hustles," we mean that podcast you’ve been wanting to start, the sewing projects you work on in your off hours, that app idea you’ve been sitting on for a while, or even those cookies that everyone begs you to bring to class.

The programming at Global Entrepreneurship Week will introduce you to the more accessible side of entrepreneurship and show you how to incorporate innovative thinking into your everyday life. Join us and learn how you too can enter your innovation era!

What’s happening this week

Throughout GEW, Zone Learning will be hosting a variety of informative and engaging programming, both online and in-person. From November 13-17, visit our Instagram (external link)  to hear from current and past zone members, sign up for interesting events, and enter into our daily giveaways featuring prizes from Zone startups!

Join us on Instagram (external link)  for daily giveaways featuring prizes from our current and alumni Zone companies from November 13-17!

November 13 - Inkbox

November 14 - Scooty

November 15 - Mejuri

November 16 - HOPE Pet Food

November 17 - Surf Beni

How To Come Up with a Great Idea (external link) 

Wednesday, November 8, 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Hosted by Zone Learning

Media Training Workshop

Monday, November 13, 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Transmedia Zone

Design Sprint Workshop (external link) 

Tuesday, November 14, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Hosted by Zone Learning

Student League Workshop: Creative Entrepreneurship 101

Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Transmedia Zone

2SLGBTQIA+ Open Shop (external link) 

Tuesday, November 14, 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Design Fabrication Zone

DMZ Masterclass: International Market Expansion Presented by Google (external link) 

Tuesday, November 14, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Hosted by the DMZ

Exploring Startup Opportunities and Passion Projects for TMU Employees (external link) 

Wednesday, November 15, 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Hosted by Zone Learning

The Penny Appeal Social Accelerator Fund Pitch Competition

Wednesday, November 15, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Hosted by Zone Learning and the Social Ventures Zone

Trash Panda Launch Party

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 PM

Hosted by the Transmedia Zone

How to Put Innovation On Your CV (external link) 

Thursday November 16, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Hosted by Zone Learning

 (google form) Pizza Lunch and Feedback Session (external link) 

Thursday, November 16, 1:00 - 3:00 PM 

Hosted by the Biomedical Zone

Mosaic: Rethink, Restore, Relove (external link) 

Thursday November 16th, 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Hosted by the Fashion Zone

Storytelling of the Self

Thursday, November 15, 4:00 PM

Hosted by the Transmedia Zone

Networking Social (external link) 

Thursday, November 16, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Hosted by Zone Learning

IBZ Design + Research Quickathon (external link) 

Saturday, November 18th, 10 AM - 9 PM

Hosted by the Innovation Boost Zone

Meet our members

Zone Learning is the destination for innovation and entrepreneurship experiences at TMU. Our members have gone on to find great success – whether as entrepreneurs or as more talented and well-rounded professionals that utilize the skills gained in the Zone Learning ecosystem.

Below, you can hear first-hand accounts of the experiences of Zone members, many of which began their journey as students. You might be surprised to see who you find!