Berks LaunchBox hosts Meetup on Global Entrepreneurship

Berks LaunchBox
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READING, Pa. — The Penn State Berks LaunchBox, located within the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania, will hold a Meetup titled “Global Entrepreneurship: Latin American Perspectives” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. This event is free and open to the public but attendees must register in advance by Nov. 11.

The Meetup will address the cultural and regulatory challenges of running cross-border companies. The Meetup will focus on three business types: a family restaurant, a high-tech digital design and manufacturing company; and an engineering services firm.

Fermin Diaz is vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professionals in Hazleton. He is a serial entrepreneur with businesses in construction, engineering, and the restaurant industry. Diaz also manages a business in his hometown in Dominican Republic, and is working to strengthen economic ties between Pennsylvania and the Dominican Republic.

Henning Bergold, president of Groupo Abstract, based in Bogata, Colombia, will provide his perspective on successfully developing a company that offers automation services across Central and South America. Bergold holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Universidad Metropolitana in Venezuela and a master’s degree from Universidad Simón Bolivár in Colombia.

This event is part of Penn State’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. For more information on this event, contact Walt Fullam, director of continuing education and outreach, at [email protected]. For more information on the Berks LaunchBox, visit

About the Berks LaunchBox
The Penn State Berks LaunchBox is located within the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in downtown Reading. It offers a makerspace with 3D printers for prototyping; entrepreneurship workshops; co-working space for startups; Meetups focused on topics related to business development and technology; and special youth programs. The Berks LaunchBox is supported by Invent Penn State — a $30 million, commonwealth-wide initiative to spur economic development, job creation and student success, launched by Penn State President Eric J. Barron in 2016. Today, there are 21 innovation hubs across the state.