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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2022

November 14 - November 20

Cedar Rapids Global Entrepreneurship Week. 15 Years of Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week BadgeGlobal Entrepreneurship Week empowers nascent entrepreneurs and those who face systemic barriers to starting and scaling their own company. Through GEW, we focus on four distinct theme areas to spotlight impactful voices and organizations — as well as inspiring activities — that are helping empower entrepreneurs everywhere.

This November, Global Entrepreneurship Network will celebrate 15 years of helping millions of people unleash their ideas to start and scale new businesses through Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The campaign began in 2008 with an emphasis on inspiring young people to make their mark and has quickly grown to become a comprehensive effort that engages entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, support organizations and others collaborating to advance economic growth and innovation in more than 180+ countries around the world.


Official Events


City of Cedar Rapids Global Entrepreneurship Week Proclamation

Join the Cedar Rapids City Council meeting as they name November 14-20, 2022 Global Entrepreneurship Week in the city. City officials will join members of community entrepreneurial support organizations to read the proclamation to celebrate the city’s rich entrepreneurial heritage.

  • Date: Nov 8
  • Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Contact: N/A
  • Location: City Hall
    101 1st St SE,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-1205

Leveraging Storytelling to Scale

Clarify your message and define the moment. When storytelling makes dollars and sense.
Abena Sankofa Imhotep is the executive director of Sankofa Literary & Empowerment Group, which creates spaces for lifelong learning. Abena is a TEDx speaker, International Relations major at Drake University, and the author of “Omari’s Big Tree and the Mighty Djembe.” She’s an active advocate for education, justice, and humanitarianism. She launched Sankofa Literary Academy, as an official partner of Des Moines Public Schools and has presented human rights research at the Global Citizen Forum’s Nelson Institute, the Iowa Human Rights Research Conference, and at University of Notre Dame Kroc Institute.

  • Location: Cedar Rapids Public Library
    450 5th Ave SE,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

NewBoCo Annual Meeting

Join us in a celebration of entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education. NewBoCo works with a lot of amazing people and businesses, and over the course of the evening we will introduce you to their success stories. You’ll hear about our efforts and accomplishments over the past year, our plans for the future, and how you can help make an impact in our state!


  • Location: The Olympic South Side Theater
    1202 3rd St SE #200,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids Founder Fireside

Hear from one of the startup founders backed by ISA Ventures. This founder will share their story through conversation with Eric Engelmann, ISAV’s General Partner, including the challenges, successes, and plans to scale their business in Iowa.


  • Location: The Olympic South Side Theater
    1202 3rd St SE #200
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Free Coworking @ Vault

Vault is a coworking community, giving entrepreneurs and creatives a place to thrive: a high-quality work environment, conference rooms, coffee, high-speed internet – and a network of Vaulters with experience to help you with business, technical, creative, or other challenges. Cowork with us for free and learn more about this work options during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

  • Date: Nov 15
  • Start time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Contact: John Foster
  • Location: Vault Coworking
    415 12th Ave SE #201,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Coffee with Kiva

Calling all entrepreneurs!

Are you a small business owner looking to access capital to expand your business? Join us for coffee to learn about Kiva Iowa, a community-backed loan program offering crowdfunded loans up to $15,000,at zero interest.

Or, maybe you are searching for ways to champion a local entrepreneur? With Kiva you can lend as little as $25 and make a big change in someone’s life. Learn more about ways you can make a loan and change a life!

  • Date: Nov 17
  • Start time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
  • Contact: Kaitlin Byers
  • Location: NewBo City Market
    1100 3rd St SE,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Being an Entrepreneur: Do You Have What It Takes to Start a Business in Today’s World?

The entrepreneurship experience has changed dramatically over the last couple decades. Social media and other technological innovations have made the startup sphere easier to enter than ever before, but finding success requires just as much hard work and dedication as it always has.

Entrepreneurship today is even more of a gamble now than ever, simply because the business world moves so much faster than it used to.

New businesses need to generate value constantly and creatively. It isn’t enough to simply create a product or service that people want. Entrepreneurs today need to generate initial demand and try to keep it up.

Come and chat with us about your business ideas!

Each table will be a small diverse group of people looking to start a business. we will learn from each other, address common challenges and opportunities, and develop personal and business connections.

Our goal is for you to leave with a clearer idea of how to start your business, to know what tools you will need, and for you to feel more confident about the process.

We will have experienced entrepreneurs sharing their experience and talk about their journey to success.

  • Date: Nov 17
  • Start time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Contact: Yaholi Machado
  • Location: NewBo City Market
    1100 3rd St SE,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

NewBo Open Coffee

What is NewBo Open Coffee?

NewBo Open Coffee meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday every month. No agenda, just good coffee and engaging conversations. It’s designed to be a community conversation open to everyone. The topics of discussion are decided by the people that attend.

Seriously, no agenda just great coffee and conversation.

  • Location: NewBo City Market
    1100 3rd St SE,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Whiskey Friday @ Tornado’s

Join us Friday at 4pm at Tornado’s to celebrate the small and big successes of the week, unwind, and build relationships with our fellow community members!

  • Date: Nov 18
  • Start time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
  • Contact: John Foster
  • Location: Tornado’s Grub and Pub
    1600 3rd St SE,
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
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