As the world economy continues to work its way out of the effects of a global economic crisis, countries of all sizes are turning to entrepreneurship to help drive their recovery. In a few short weeks, millions of people will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov. 18 – 24) events, activities and competitions in 139 countries—the largest number of countries in the six years of the initiative..
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation launched GEW in 2008 – at the start of the economic crisis – to connect aspiring entrepreneurs and others who can help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.
"Countries around the world are embracing their entrepreneurs as significant drivers of economic activity and growth," said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. "Through GEW, we are instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in millions and helping them unleash their ideas."
Hundreds, if not thousands, of new startups will square off in competitions that offer prizes of startup capital, support and services to help them grow to scale. Policymakers and researchers in dozens of countries will examine best practices in accelerating efforts to support high-growth entrepreneurship. And millions of aspiring entrepreneurs will make connections with potential collaborators and mentors through a wide range of events and activities that provide inspiration as well as practical support.
A study released last week by the Kauffman Foundation, "Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious," suggests that there is a significant link between knowing an entrepreneur and becoming one. Global Entrepreneurship Week exposes individuals to entrepreneurs and others in the startup ecosystem—encouraging them to start their own ventures, spurring increased economic activity and growth.
Countries celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week this year for the first time include:
Highlighted competitions include:
Global Entrepreneurship Week is made possible by ongoing support from the Kauffman Foundation and Dell as well as a number of supporting organizations. To view a complete list of participating countries and organizations, or to learn more about the initiative, visit unleashingideas.org.
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