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Wake Forest University to host events to celebrate national entrepreneurship week

February 21, 2007

Wake Forest University’s Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts will sponsor artistic and scientific related entrepreneurship events Feb. 24 through March 3 on the university’s Reynolda Campus in celebration of EntrepreneurshipWeek U.S.A.   

The week of events begins at noon Feb. 26 with a demonstration of performance artist Adam Matta’s “bike drawings” on Manchester Plaza, behind Reynolda Hall.  Matta produces his bike drawings by putting paint on his bicycle tires and performing tricks on his bicycle on a piece of canvas.  This will be followed by a beatbox performance by Matta at 5 p.m. in Shorty’s dining area, located in the university’s Benson University Center.

Immediately following Matta’s 5 p.m. performance, Lynn Book, visiting associate professor of theatre and dance at Wake Forest, will host a conversation on opportunities in arts entrepreneurship with Matta, Kim Terrell, director of the Virtual Theater Project,  and Wake Forest graduates Matt Gutschick and Ben Whiting, founders of MagicMouth Productions.  

The bike drawings demonstration, beatbox performance and entrepreneurship discussion are free and open to the public.

Matta is a 2006-07 artist-in-residence at HERE Arts Center in New York City where he is working on “Makeshift,” a one-man show incorporating beatboxing and bike drawing.  He is also an artist-in-residence at Cornell University, where he is working on “Beat Box Bard,” a performance that mixes beatboxing and Shakespearean sonnets.   

The Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts will host an open house at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the University Center for Entrepreneurship, located in Room B-02 of Kirby Hall.  The event is open to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  During the open house, information on the entrepreneurship and social enterprise minor will be available.  Information about upcoming programs and resources for students, faculty and staff interested in launching entrepreneurial ventures will also be available. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with student entrepreneurs and meet the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts faculty.  Free pizza will be provided.

The week will conclude with “Regenerative Medicine – New Approaches for the 21st Century,” a presentation by Dr. Anthony Atala, Director of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  During the presentation, which will be held at 4 p.m. March 2 in Room 126 of the university’s Winston Hall, Atala will discuss how he has moved technology from the lab to business.  The event is free and open to the public.     

Atala’s presentation will be the first of the “Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Lecture Series” sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts and Wake Forest’s biology, chemistry and physics departments.   

For more information on EntrepreneurshipWeek U.S.A. events at Wake Forest,

contact Lisa Burton at (336) 758-3153 or go to the Wake Forest University Office of

Entrepreneurship and Liberal Arts Web site at

Congress declared the week of February 24 through March 3 Entrepreneurship Week U.S.A. to highlight the contributions of American entrepreneurs and encourage the development of entrepreneurship nationwide.

Press Contacts:

Maggie Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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