Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week (BREW), which celebrates innovation in the region, kicks off Tuesday, November 14 and runs through November 16.
BREW will feature a women in business conversation, an arts entrepreneur summit, sessions on cybersecurity, virtual reality, business development, and much more. Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is also hosting a test drive of its accelerator program.
“BREW has something for everyone in the business community this year – seasoned entrepreneurs, start-ups, dreamers, and even intrapreneurs,” said Dr. Byron Clayton, CEO of NexusLA, producer of the event.. “Our line-up of speakers and events this year is designed specifically to cater to and engage our diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem in Baton Rouge across all three days, with interactive spectator pitch-style events, educational content for arts entrepreneurs, investors, and the ‘side-hustle crowd’ and an outstanding keynote speaker in Ryan Holiday.”
Here are a few events you shouldn’t miss:
Elevate Your Brand: A Women in Business Conversation | 11/14 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Brands have the power to influence people’s perception. By understanding and crafting your professional brand, you have the power to shape that perception and demonstrate your uniqueness and value. Join us in this BREW women in business event and learn the main elements of self-branding. This topic is essential to every woman in all professional levels in order to continue to advance in business.
Opening Night BREW | 11/14 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Celebrate the kick-off of BREW with a cocktail, live art, and a showcase of the most promising start-ups in the Capital area.
Perennial Seller: Keynote event with Ryan Holiday | 11/15 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Even in today’s so-called disposable era, no one sets out to create something that disappears. Instead, whether we’re artists or designers, business leaders or marketers, we want to make something that lasts—that stands the test of time. In this keynote, Ryan Holiday unpacks the idea of the perennial seller: the product or experience that doesn’t necessarily have a huge launch, but continues to sell over many years. To get you thinking about the long-term, he’ll show you what to avoid—namely, too much of a focus on what’s popular right this second—while teaching you the fundamentals of marketing longevity, which include developing a dedicated audience that spreads your work by word of mouth. With reference to a host of success stories from literature, cinema, music, business, pop culture, and beyond, Holiday will explain how traditional companies, start-ups, entrepreneurs, and all creative thinkers can apply the same principles that helped these long-lasting brands stay relevant. Don’t let your work end up as yesterday’s fad. Embrace that special mix of marketing, and making, that will keep you on everyone’s mind.
EO Accelerator Test Drive | 11/16 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
EO Accelerator is the catalyst that enables first-stage entrepreneurs to catapult your business to the next level. Our mission is to empower you with the tools you need to grow your business to more than $1 million in sales and provide you with the skills to make yourself a better entrepreneur and leader. Test drive some of the structured educational content focused on the core areas of first-stage businesses and the unique experience of learning from and connecting with the world’s most influential community of entrepreneurs. Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs with the tools, accountability and community to aggressively grow and master their business. *All interested attendees will be contacted to assess company stage and readiness for this program
Click here for the full schedule at Baton Rouge Entrepreneurship Week.
This article is brought to you by Ragusa Consulting and Pollo Con Leche, sponsors of the Silicon Bayou Startup Showcase. The Showcase will take place on November 15 at The Shop at the CAC.