1,300+ U.S. Organizations Gearing Up for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Mark Marich

The U.S. is gearing up for the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on Nov. 15. More than 1,300 U.S. organizations in all 50 states are collaborating to celebrate entrepreneurship Nov. 15 – 21. These organizations include top universities, non-profit organizations, successful entrepreneurs, government agencies and corporate sponsors. The state of California is the most active with over 106 partner organizations, closely followed by Michigan (100 partners).

Global Entrepreneurship Week events are diverse and creative, including virtual and face-to-face activities, large-scale competitions and intimate networking gatherings.

Two prime examples of partner-driven events are:

  • Movers and Changers, a nationwide business plan competition run by mtvU and NYSE Euronext to uncover creative capitalists who will launch profitable and sustainable ventures that also provide something positive to a community, the country or the world. Finalists will give their business pitches to a panel of judges, with $25,000 in startup funds awarded to the top idea;
  • The 7th Annual Creativity World Forum, run by Oklahoma Creative Frontiers, brings together entrepreneurs, knowledge workers and policymakers from around the globe to listen to inspiring speakers, exchange ideas and experiences, and, of course, network. This year will feature an extraordinary lineup of more than 65 speakers and presenters, including some of the world’s most respected thinkers on creativity.

A full list of U.S. activities can be found on the interactive activities calendar on www.gewusa.org/event-central.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week has become a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurship, with an expected 10 million people participating this year, thanks to these partners,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, which co-founded GEW together with Enterprise UK, a business-led, government-backed campaign in the United Kingdom.

The Week will bring together aspiring and inspiring entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries around the world, helping current and would-be entrepreneurs gain knowledge, skills and networks to inspire and enable them to grow sustainable enterprises. Globally, there are expected to be more than 20,000 partners planning tens of thousands of activities. To find activities in your community, visit www.unleashingideas.org

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