Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week 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.


  • 150+ countries
  • 25 million participants
  • 115,000 entrepreneurial activities

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and even investors.

Created in 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 150 countries.

It already has empowered roughly 25 million people through 115,000 activities, and is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of 10,000 partner organizations.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Through GEW, we envision a world of more citizens finding better ways of doing things, fearless about disrupting markets and challenging past assumptions.
— Jonathan Ortmans,
President, Global Entrepreneurship Week