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Achieving Scale in Entrepreneurship

Mark Marich

 

The economic downturn has renewed interest on how to generate more “job creators” in our economies. A new global movement will launch a celebration in November, promising to unleash entrepreneurial potential around the world: Global Entrepreneurship Week. Founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign, this initiative is designed to encourage entrepreneurship by inspiring young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. Building on last year’s success, this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week activities will run from November 16 – 22 and are expected to involve millions of young people in over 90 countries across six continents.

In Washington, D.C., the International Finance Corporation (IFC) will support this global celebration of entrepreneurship by bringing together development partners, foundations, research institutions, IFC clients and practitioners in a workshop on "Achieving Scale in Entrepreneurship." This event offers an opportunity to discuss the entrepreneurship landscape in emerging markets and frontier countries, share best practices on governance, explore challenges to "scaling-up" successful enterprises, and identify solutions for entrepreneurs in frontier markets extrapolated from developed markets.

Featured speakers at the workshop include Iqbal Quadir, Director of the MIT Legatum Center, Rachel Robbins, Vice President and General Counsel at the IFC, and Robert Litan, Vice President for Research & Policy at the Kauffman Foundation.

"Achieving Scale in Entrepreneurship" will take place on Monday November 16, 2009 at the IFC Auditorium (2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 2043) from 9:00 am to 2:10 pm. To RSVP for the event, you can email sabu@ifc.org with *November 16th* in the subject line.

While Global Entrepreneurship Week features several high-profile events with policy leaders, it is at its heart a grassroots global campaign hosted by nearly 10,000 organizations, which plan more than 25,000 events around the world. It is not too late to become a partner and plan an activity during the Week. Visit unleashingideas.org to sign up.

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