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GEW/USA Partner News: The Kauffman Foundation to Host 'Hacking' Event

The Kauffman Foundation, GEW’s main sponsor, will be furthering their entrepreneurial initiatives this March! The Foundation will be inviting entrepreneurs to participate in ‘Hacking the Gigabit City’, March 22-24th in Kansas City, MO. The 54-hour event connects "hackers" to plan, build and design applications using Kansas City’s new Google Fiber network. Travel scholarships are available to a select group of hackers. Apply here for an all-expenses-paid trip to Kansas City; applications are due by February 26th. Also, general registration for the event is now open until February 26th—space is limited so sign up today. GEW/USA is celebrated during one week each November, but is fueled by the year-round efforts of more than 1,000 partners throughout the country. Each week, we highlight how our partners continue to further their entrepreneurial ecosystems. More examples include:

  • Startup Weekend will be taking place on March 1-3rd in Buffalo, NY where coders, developers, engineers, designers, business professionals and more will gather for the event, learning the basics of creating and launching successful startups. Registration is now open.
  • The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will host an international conference on April 9-10 in Chicago, IL. At the ‘Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs’ conference attendees will learn more about the interplay between markets and democracy.
  • Four community colleges that have shown excellence in their entrepreneurship programs and have each been awarded $10,000 grants through the “Shared Vision for Small Business” grant competition conducted by the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) and Sam’s Club.
  • The Blackstone Launch Pad and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Kent State University in Kent, OH launched the ‘Kent State Business Concept Competition 2013’. Open to all Kent State students, including grad and PHD students, the first place winner will receive $1,500!
  • GEW/USA Partner, The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC has released a video of a keynote speech by Tom Szaky during their GEW 2012 celebration. Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, Szaky discussed how he has capitalized on the opportunity of waste to found TerraCycle, a company that turns waste into money.

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