Today is the official kickoff date for the 2015 annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – the world’s largest celebration of the entrepreneurs and innovators who launch startups to create jobs, expand economic development, and bring ideas to life.
Founded in 2008, GEW is a weeklong celebration designed to inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors, and investors. Held each November in locations around the world, GEW offers local, national, and international events, competitions, and network gatherings designed to help budding innovators take the next step in their entrepreneurial journeys.
This year’s celebration will take place in more than 160 countries, offers more than 25,000 activities, and is supported by dozens of world leaders and a global network of 10,000 partner organizations.
History of GEW
Like most new ventures, GEW started with an idea: a small group of entrepreneurs wondered about the potential impact of creating a global movement to inspire innovators everywhere. Their idea soon caught fire, and preparations for the first GEW celebration commenced in 2007.
A Cornucopia of Global Activities
This year’s lengthy list of GEW activities will touch on many different entrepreneurial issues and trends, ranging from working with investors and policy makers to sowing the seeds for the next generation of young entrepreneurs.
Featured events include:
Startup Open. Designed to identify and recognize new and promising startups, this global competition is open to any entrepreneur who has recently started or is in the process of starting a new venture.
Startup Nations Summit. Policymakers and program leaders will gather in Monterrey, Mexico to explore ideas and programs to help accelerate new and emerging business formation.
One in a Million. A pitch competition offered by the Kauffman Foundation, this event will give startup entrepreneurs who have presented their ideas at a 1 Million Cups program an opportunity to pitch them to seasoned entrepreneurs. The winner will walk away with a grand prize of $10,000.
Speaking of $10,000 Ideator is running The Ideator December Challenge an idea competition to give away award money.
How to Get Involved
GEW maintains its global headquarters in Washington, D.C., and is supported by a wide range of public, private, and nonprofit organizations, including the Kauffman Foundation, the Center for International Enterprise, the U.S Department of State, and CNBC.
Interested organizations are invited to participate in GEW by planning events and activities as a local partner, or by coordinating their country’s initiative as a GEW host. Individuals are invited to explore their entrepreneurial potential by participating in activities at the local level. To find an event near you, visit GEW’s global database of activities.
In addition to connecting face-to-face during GEW events and activities, you can also engage in ongoing conversations through the following GEW social media channels:
- At Ideator, we celebrate entrepreneurs every day. So while you’re celebrating GEW, be sure to log on to our platform and see all the ways we can assist you in turning your business idea into reality.