For one week, millions of young people around the world – including those in the Central Valley – will come together to generate new ideas and better ways of doing things. From Nov. 17-23, more than 70 countries will unite for the first time to host Global Entrepreneur Week. The purpose of the week is to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity.

Locally, teams from high schools, community colleges and Fresno State will be participating in the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Challenge called “The Edge.” Sponsored by BCT, the event will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20, at The Lyles Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at California State University, Fresno.

The competition will require each team to take a group of everyday objects and create a make-believe or real product. Because entrepreneurship requires creativity, innovation and the ability to leverage resources and create value, teams will need to challenge assumptions and seize opportunities through creativity.

Teams will have 30 minutes to create their product and a three-minute presentation. The presentations must include the name, features and benefits of the product. Each team will present their ideas and product to the judges. They will be judged on creativity, the degree of risk taken and the degree of entertainment. The team who successfully creates a product with the most value to their customers wins.

Registration must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 17. For more information or to register, visit the Web site below or call 559.294.2045.

Related link: The Lyles Center at Fresno State