CAN BE is joining The Hazleton Innovation Collaborative (THInC) partners the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress, The Hazleton Art League, Penn State Hazleton, The Hazleton Launchbox, Luzerne County Community College, and Lackawanna College to present Downtown Hazleton’s first-ever participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is supported by the Kauffman Foundation and held from November 8-14.
THInC is among a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations across 180 countries who will present 40,000 events during Global Entrepreneurship Week and connect more than 9 million participants to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors.
The THInC partners are currently accepting applications for conference speakers. Presentations should be 30-45 minutes in length and can be structured as a formal presentation, panel discussion or interactive workshop. Proposals for presentations related to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (particularly in the areas of technology, food entrepreneurship and traditional/Main Street businesses), Personal & Leadership Development, Diversity & Inclusion, as well as Nonprofit & Volunteerism are being accepted but the organizers are open to new session topic ideas as well.
The week-long, hybrid conference will have a campus-like atmosphere with multiple location points for participants to attend sessions, workshops, and networking events as well as multiple options to livestream presentations from across the Commonwealth via Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week thanks to THInC's partnership with Penn State Hazleton and The Hazleton LaunchBox.
CAN DO Director of Economic Development Jocelyn Sterenchock said, “Downtown Hazleton’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is our area's first-ever community-wide conference focused on entrepreneurship and innovation. This week-long hybrid conference is aimed at developing thought leaders, innovators, and business owners right here in Greater Hazleton. CAN BE is looking forward to joining our THInC partners to bring more opportunities likes this to entrepreneurs in Greater Hazleton.”
Anyone interested in applying to be a speaker should complete the form at https://hazletonchamber.org/entrepreneurship/speak-at-thinc-entrepreneurship-innovation-week.html before the close of business on September 26, 2021.