Orlando's BIG Exchange | November 16–22, 2015

A Series of Events Hosted in Orlando, Florida Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week

ABOUT

Problems can sometimes seem unbeatable. But those unbeatable problems give way to magical solutions when we creatively work together. Orlando's BIG Exchange is an opportunity to awaken a collective spirit of entrepreneurship across our city, encouraging everyone to bring their unique gifts to the table.

We call out to thinkers, makers, artists, and educators of all types to attend these curated events led by some of Orlando's greatest thought leaders. You'll learn the principles and process of entrepreneurship while discovering the resources and talents our city has to offer.

Calendar of Events

GEW Kickoff Happy Hour, presented by FervrCo.com

Monday, November 16 | 5:30pm–7:30pm

Let's kickoff Global Entrepreneurship Week together in the heart of downtown at Canvs co-working space with some drinks and brilliant people! Your hosts, Bryan Noel and Shea Glenny, will provide a quick overview of all the goodness happening for the week in the community and give you a sneak peak into a new joint project.

We will celebrate your entrepreneurial spirit and put you in good company with fellow grinders doing amazing things to positively impact our community and economy. Wine, beer and light snacks provided...so RSVP to make sure we have enough!

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innovateHER Pitch Competition

Tuesday, November 17 | 9:00am–5:00pm

A National competition with up 70k in prize winnings for first place. To qualify for the innovateHER pitch competition you must have a business that meets the following criteria: has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%); has the potential for commercialization (40%); and fills a need in the marketplace (30%). More details including registration application, judging criteria, and event details will be sent by October 23, 2015. To prepare for the pitch competition take advantage of the Stacking Your Deck 3 part Pitch series that includes a live rehearsal in the same space that this innovateHER competition will be held.

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Cause-Related Marketing May Be the Key to Your Target Market

Tuesday, November 17 | 11:30am–1:00pm

The Women's Executive Exchange is calling all entrepreneurs who are looking for a way to create win, win, win! for their business, their clients, and their community. Join them at the Citrus Club downtown for a discussion on the benefits of cause-related marketing to your bottom line.

The event is $15 per member, $19 for non-members.
The Citrus Club | 255 S. Orange Avenue, Orlando FL 32801

Call 407.843.1080 to Make Reservation

Startup Grind

Tuesday, November 17 | 6:00–9:00pm

Join us on November 17th, from 6pm-9pm for a special Global Entrepreneurship Week edition of Startup Grind, presented by Google for Entrepreneurs. The event kicks off at 6pm with a casual hour of craft beer, pizza, music, and networking. Around 7pm we'll start the fireside chat with our featured guest, followed by Q&A and more beer and networking. Come early, stay late, and connect with fellow startup founders, mentors, investors, and startup supporters.

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Hear from Leaders in the Orlando Food Community

Tuesday, November 17 | 6:30–8:00pm

Three great speakers and leaders in the Orlando Food community will share what they are up to and what they would like to see happen in Orlando. Following each presentation will be opportunity for questions and answers.

Location Details: parking is free in the GAI garage (accessible from South St. and Summerlin St.).After 6 p.m., the street entrance on the first floor is locked and the building can only be accessed through the garage entrances and elevators on levels P2-P4. Attendees/visitors can park on levels P2-P4 after 6 p.m.

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1 Million Cups Orlando

Wednesday, November 18 | 9:00am

Come enjoy some Orlando entrepreneurs with a hot cup of coffee this Wednesday! Every week, entrepreneurs present their startup companies to their communities and learn how their community can help support their business to flourish.

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Renegades & Rebels: Women and Technology

Thursday, November 19 | 10:00am

weVENTURE presents an unvieling of a 3 month research project focused on 100 women leading tech companies and initiatives here in Central Florida. As a result, we've identified some critical new initiatives to make our region the #1 place for women to start and grow their companies, and where our girls consider futures as entrepreneurs and technologists unto the economic benefit of all. Join the movement. Change the dialogue.

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Lean Startup Live Experiments Workshop

Thursday, November 19 | 6:45pm

You asked, we answered! By popular demand, we will be doing a live workshop to work through two (2) product/business ideas using the Experiment Board. This will be a live working session to get hands on with Lean Startup techniques. You will learn how to create/structure: a customer/problem hypothesis, experiments/thresholds, an MVP.

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Orlando Tech Meetup: Women in Tech

Thursday, November 19 | 7:00pm

Join the Southeast's largest startup and tech meetup! In one night connect with top startups, meet potential investors, build your dream team, or land an amazing job. The Orlando Tech Meetup is a showcase of Florida's hottest startup and technology companies. Connect with 3400+ developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and investors. This month we've partnered with our friends at WeVenture to bring you an all-star line-up of women-led tech companies. Join us for the Women in Tech edition of Orlando Tech Meetup on Nov 19th at the Church Street Exchange.

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Business Model Canvas Workshop

Friday, November 20 | 8:30am–12:30pm

Have you been hearing about the Business Model Canvas (BMC) and wondering what it is and how to use it? It is a tool that can help you visualize and validate a business or product idea in a structured way. We will discuss how and when it is valuable and how it compares to a traditional business plan.

In this 4-hour workshop you will learn the basics of the Business Model Canvas. We will walk through all of the 9 boxes in the canvas. Then you will work in teams to complete several canvases surrounding ideas that will be provided.

Finally, we will discuss next steps for how to apply this to your own business idea and how to start validating your own business model.

Melissa Wasserman will be facilitating this workshop. Melissa is Certified by the InBIA (International Business Innovation Association) to teach BMC. She is currently the Director of Operations for Canvs and Director of Programming for Starter Studio, a 12-week tech accelerator that uses the BMC as a foundation. She has coached many companies through the BMC process, both in her current role as well as previously as a Site Manager for the the UCF Business Incubator.

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innovateHER Pitch Competition – Melbourne

Friday, November 20 | 6:00pm–9:00pm

weVENTURE will co-host the 'InnovateHER: Ideas That Impact Women and Families Challenge' in collaboration with Groundswell Friday, November 20th at 6PM. The national InnovateHER initiative serves to empower the lives of women and families during National Small Business Week. Judges of the InnovateHER competition will select one local winner as a finalist who, if selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration committee, will compete for awards and prize money totaling $70,000 in Washington, D.C. This is a great opportunity to network and gain exposure at a national event that's co–sponsored by Microsoft.

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IdeaFest with Vicki Saunders, Rollins College

Saturday, November 21 | 9:00am–5:00pm

The SheEO IdeaFest is a high energy one day event specifically designed to help female students discover the venture they were meant to create. This women's only event will focus on identifying personal strengths, addressing issues of confidence, sharing new approaches to building networks, and practicing radical generosity as a pathway to building strong peer to peer connections. Led by Vicki Saunders, founder and CEO of SheEO, this event will change how you think about starting a business forever.

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