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[ 0 ] Jun. 13, 2011 | SBO Editor

Millions of inspiring and aspiring entrepreneurs are expected to participate in the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), being held November 14-20. The week-long series of events will be supported by more than 1,300 partners in the US, across all 50 states. Thirty-five thousand organizations in 100 countries worldwide will take part to spur new ideas and create new companies. Iā€™m writing with the hope that you will help us get the word out and encourage participation.

Created by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW will feature a number of programs and competitions at local colleges, high schools, government agencies and entrepreneurial support organizations for budding entrepreneurs, including:

  • Startup Open ā€“ A competition that will recognize the 50 most promising start-ups around the world;
  • CleanTech Open Global Ideas Competition – A competition that will reward the best clean technology idea submitted with $100,000 in support and services to turn their idea into a business;
  • Your Big Year ā€“ Offers two winners a free year-long trip around the world to meet leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs;
  • Startup Weekend ā€“ Startup Weekend brings developers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts together for 54 hours to share ideas and launch new startups.

Supporters of GEW include well-known entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, The Virgin Group; Michael Dell, Dell Computers; Russell Simmons, Def Jam Records; Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes; and, Steve Case, America Online (AOL) in addition to President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

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