Next week (November 17-23) is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), and we wanted to make sure you – our small business readers – have the scoop on this worldwide celebration of, well, you.
The official USA webpage describes the event this way:
“Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.”
GEW traces its roots back to 2008 when it first began, and has since expanded to 125 countries. In those countries, 24,008 partner organizations are planning 33,846 activities associated with the event. Why? In order to help entrepreneurs around the globe “explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.”
So what can you do to take advantage of Global Entrepreneurship Week? Here are 3 ideas to get you started:
1. Attend An Event
Perhaps the most obvious way to get involved with GEW is to attend one of the many thousands of events held worldwide. These activities range from conferences for thousands with famous speakers, to intimate networking events. There are in-person events, as well as some you can attend virtually. Many will be held during the actual GEW, and some that are associated with the event are held at other times. You can check out the global database for events around the country, or search the USA site if you’re going to be stateside next week.
2. Become a Partner and Host
It’s actually very easy to become a partner of GEW. All you have to do is fill out information about yourself and your organization, and plan to host one event during the week. It can be anything that suits your means and interests, such as a competition, a startup symposium, film viewing, networking event, etc. Why? First, it’s a great thing to have your business associated with. Also, you can get exposure for yourself or your company by getting listed as a partner. Finally, it could provide a good opportunity to expand your network and meet local businesses and untapped talent that you could partner with going forward.
3. Get Inspired!
If you have been trying to get up the nerve to strike out on your own, or you’ve been considering expanding an existing business, GEW could be just the kick in the pants that you need to take the next step. There are lots of tools and resources available on the website, including the Global Entrepreneurship Library. You can search by country, language, keywords, type, and even stage of business to find something that will help inspire you to take your entrepreneurial venture to the next level.
Have you participated in a past GEW event? Read something interesting about it? Never heard of it before but plan to get involved? Tell us what’s on your mind in the comments!