Global Entrepreneurship Week will be celebrated November 18-24.The event is now celebrated in 139 countries.
“Countries around the world are embracing their entrepreneurs as significant drivers of economic activity and growth,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week and a senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation. “Through GEW, we are instilling an entrepreneurial mindset in millions and helping them unleash their ideas.”
Hundreds, if not thousands, of new startups will square off in competitions that offer prizes of startup capital, support and services to help them grow to scale. Policymakers and researchers in dozens of countries will examine best practices in accelerating efforts to support high-growth entrepreneurship. And millions of aspiring entrepreneurs will make connections with potential collaborators and mentors through a wide range of events and activities that provide inspiration as well as practical support.
Global Entrepreneurship Week exposes individuals to entrepreneurs and others in the startup ecosystem—encouraging them to start their own ventures, spurring increased economic activity and growth.
Countries celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week this year for the first time include:
- Czech Republic
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Highlighted competitions include:
- Startup Open: Startups from 24 countries have reached the finals and will now compete for a free trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow and mentoring prizes with experienced entrepreneurs.
- Global Startup Battle: Founder teams in 200 cities are scheduled to go through intense 54-hour Startup Weekend boot camps to create their own startup and compete against one another in a virtual Global Startup Battle.
- Get in the Ring: Debuting in the United States this year and hosted in the Netherlands, entrepreneurs from as many as 31 countries will present their business plans to investors in an effort to secure up to €1,000,000 in startup capital.
- Creative Business Cup: New and revolutionary business ideas with strong market potential in the creative industries from more than 25 countries square off in the global finals in Copenhagen, Denmark.
- StartUp Cup: StartUp Cup is a global network of locally driven business model competitions where participants learn how to design a viable business model, develop customers, test their assumptions and grow their business revenue.
- Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition: Finalists from more than 20 countries unveil potential breakthrough cleantech ideas in one of six industry categories; air water and waste, energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, smart power and transportation.
- Global Student Entrepreneur Awards: Students who own and run businesses while attending a high school, college or university battle for the title of Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year and their share of more than $150,000 in business support services.
- DECA Ideas Challenge: Teams of K-12 and college students devise innovative new uses for a common everyday object and try to maximize value created in only eight days.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is made possible by ongoing support from the Kauffman Foundation and Dell as well as a number of supporting organizations. To view a complete list of participating countries and organizations, or to learn more about the initiative, visit www.unleashingideas.org.