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. I’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 – 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 – Offers two winners a free year-long trip around the world to meet leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs;
- Startup Weekend – 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.