In November, millions of people around the globe will participate in the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship. Thousands of events in more than 100 countries will celebrate innovation, entrepreneurship and creativity during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 (GEW), Nov. 15-21. Now in its third year, the event will bring together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them embrace originality, imagination and ingenuity through local, national and global activities.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week exemplifies the expression ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’—a global entrepreneurial movement is stronger than a sole regional or national effort”
GEW has grown exponentially since its inaugural event in 2008; more than 10 million people in 102 countries will participate this year. In 2009, more than 7.5 million people took part in an estimated 32,000 events across 88 countries.
Co-founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship, and Enterprise UK, a business-led, government-backed campaign in the United Kingdom, GEW helps develop young people’s knowledge, skills and networks to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises. The net outcome is a positive impact on participants’ lives, families and communities. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and others will participate in a host of activities that are virtual and face-to-face events, large-scale competitions and intimate networking gatherings.
“Global Entrepreneurship Week exemplifies the expression ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’—a global entrepreneurial movement is stronger than a sole regional or national effort,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “Through GEW’s growing global network, we are demonstrating how entrepreneurship can improve lives, build economies and expand human welfare.”
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