Business school officials holding ‘Entrepreneurship Week’ virtually

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El Tarabishy said officials held 20 percent of last year's events virtually to allow for alumni around the world to participate.

School of Business officials are holding their second annual “Entrepreneurship Week” in a virtual format this week.

Officials transitioned the event, which began on Monday and will end on Friday, fully online in light of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayman El Tarabishy, a teaching professor of management who curated the event, said the events of this year’s conference focus on virtual entrepreneurship with workshops on telehealth and telemedicine.

El Tarabishy said officials held 20 percent of last year’s events virtually to allow for alumni around the world to participate. He said this year’s entrepreneurship week follows the same “successful formula” as last year.

“We knew attendance will be strong, and it is,” he said in an email. “As entrepreneurs and to act like ones we sought opportunities for everyone and students responded very positively.”

El Tarabishy said the event has drawn more than 250 students for workshops on topics like social and digital entrepreneurship. He said the theme of this year’s event is “resiliency,” which is embodied in the conference as it has been transitioned to a new platform this year with “different communication channels.”

“As this year’s theme is centered around ‘resiliency,’ we wanted the conference to embody the theme, meaning that we were both set to discuss and model resiliency,” El Tarabishy said. “Change-makers worldwide are looking to become more and more resilient.”

He said students have taken on a “significant” leadership role in the conference this year, proposing and creating all of the sessions and inviting all of the keynote speakers.

“We have seen truly remarkable engagement and leadership from our GW students, which has shown us how our students have not just responded to the pandemic but how they have taken on a more significant leadership role to help move GW forward,” El Tarabishy said.

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