Global Entrepreneurship Week 14 – 20 November
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. This week partner organizations over 115 countries conduct a broad range of activities, events and competitions that are designed to promote some level or form of entrepreneurial activity.
The purpose of GEW is to connect individuals who have considered starting up a business to practical support from those who have done it already. The activities connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors.
The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 118 countries and directly engages an average of 5.9 million people each year (last year 7,252,344 individuals were involved according to the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 Impact Report).
Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive, Youth Business International, said "There is a great need to provide opportunities today that help entrepreneurs pursue their dreams and build the businesses of tomorrow. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 will kick-start the conversations that are needed to make this happen."
Since its inception, Global Entrepreneurship Week has spread to 115 countries, with nearly 24,000 organisations planning more than 37,000 activities. As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 in the UK, over 207,200 people attended 2,577 events, run by 983 organisations.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people, with millions unleashing their enterprising talents and turning their ideas into reality.