The entrepreneurship movement around the world is growing from strength to strength, and much of that momentum can be attributed to the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. Held every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Week sees many organizations in different countries around the world host and participate in various events that foster originality, imagination and ingenuity.
This year, a record 123 countries world take place in the world’s largest week-long celebration of innovation and entrepreneurship. In the United States alone, over 1,400 organizations – including top universities, non-profit organizations, startups, government agencies and corporate sponsors – will host Global Entrepreneurship Week events, Nov. 14 – 20, 2011.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week has become a launching pad for entrepreneurs everywhere, and this year we are expecting 10 million people to participate,” says Carl Schramm, president and chief executive officer of the Kauffman Foundation, which founded Global Entrepreneurship Week. “There are no requirements to take part – anybody, anywhere can find a way to get involved in events that will change lives.”
A list of the activities during the week can be found here.
GEW offers both virtual and face-to-face activities, ranging from large-scale competitions to intimate networking gatherings. A list of activities can be found on the interactive activities calendar at www.gewusa.org/event-central, where visitors can search by keyword or location.
Some of the events that will take place in the U.S. during Global Entrepreneurship Week include:
- Startup Weekend: Twenty U.S. cities — and more than 40 others around the world — play host to events that move entrepreneurs from idea to launch in 54 hours.
- Global Student Entrepreneur Awards: Students across the globe will convene at the New York Stock Exchange to compete for $150,000 in cash and business services as well as one year of mentorship with RedBox founder Mike DeLazzer.
- Movers & Changers Forum: Finalists in this mtvU/NYSE Euronext competition will ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange on the opening day of GEW and compete for $25,000 in seed money to help start their companies.
- Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition: The best clean technology ideas from around the world are pitched to investors and entrepreneurs with a chance at winning $100,000 in support and services to help turn their ideas into a businesses.