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Scotty’s Brewhouse founder to give Purdue lecture, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University will celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit with a featured talk by Indiana restaurateur Scott Wise, founder of the Scotty’s Brewhouse chain.

Wise will speak at 6:00p on Nov. 16 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121, as part of Purdue’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation undergraduate program and Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from Nov. 15-21.

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Indiana restaurateur Scott Wise, founder of the Scotty's Brewhouse chain will speak on Nov. 16 in the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, Room 121, as part of Purdue's Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation undergraduate program and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Event sponsors for the talk, which is free and open to the public, include Discovery Park and the Lilly Endowment Inc. Seating is limited, so those interested in attending should contact Jeanette Greener, program coordinator for the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program, at 765-494-3805,

“Scott Wise is an excellent example of an Indiana entrepreneur who has built a successful statewide business that Purdue students can relate to,” said Nathalie Duval-Couetil, director of Purdue certificate program and associate director of the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship. “This event also provides a terrific platform for Purdue to join the Kauffman Foundation movement that’s a part of this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week.”

Wise’s talk is offered in conjunction with the Purdue program’s Capstone Class, the final course required for students to receive their Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate. This semester’s guest lecturer has been entrepreneur Eric Davis, president and chief executive officer of West Lafayette-based Kylin Therapeutics Inc.

Scotty’s Brewhouse has become a college-town staple throughout Indiana since the restaurant’s debut in Muncie. Building on its motto of “good food, good brews, good people and good blues,” the chain’s expansion plans now include Fort Wayne and Chicago’s Lincoln Park.

Wise opened his first restaurant in Muncie in 1996 at the age of 22. He put together a business plan and convinced a bank and his family to lend him the money to buy a former restaurant location near the campus of his alma mater Ball State University.

That initial Scotty’s Brewhouse was followed by openings in Bloomington in 2001, West Lafayette in 2004, Indianapolis in 2006, a second Indianapolis restaurant in 2009 and the Scotty’s Lakehouse in Fishers in 2010.

Wise has received attention for successfully using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to market his restaurant chain. He also sits on the board of the Restaurant and Hospitality Association of Indiana, was named the Indiana Restaurant Association’s 2009 Restaurateur of the Year and made the Indianapolis Business Journal’s prestigious 40 under 40 list.

Thousands of events in more than 100 countries will celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010. Now in its third year, the event will bring together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination and ingenuity through local, national and global activities.

The event has grown since its start in 2008, as more than 10 million people in 102 countries are expected to participate this year. In 2009 more than 7.5 million people took part in an estimated 32,000 events across 88 countries.

Co-founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship, and Enterprise UK, a business-led, government-backed campaign in the United Kingdom, Global Entrepreneurship Week helps develop young people’s knowledge, skills and networks to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises.

The Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, through its sponsored initiatives – including the Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Technology Realization Program, Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy, and Business Plan Competitions – aims to stimulate entrepreneurship at Purdue and serves as a state, regional and national resource.

The Discovery Park center also leads Purdue’s Kauffman Campuses Initiative for fostering entrepreneurship programs on campus to create an entrepreneurial culture for student and faculty ideas and ventures.

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