Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international initiative that introduces entrepreneurship to young people in six continents. GEW emerged in 2008 as a result of Enterprise Week UK and Entrepreneurship Week USA 2007. Since its creation, more than 10 million people from 102 countries have participated in entrepreneurial-related activities during the Week.

This annual event occurs over the span of one week and includes the participation of entrepreneurial experts, policy-makers, education practitioners and politicians. Last year 88 countries hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week and generated over 32,000 activities.

The GEW aims to expose people to the benefits of entrepreneurship through different activities and to motivate them to explore their own entrepreneurial ideas.[1]

Supporters[edit]

Founders[edit]

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a non-profit foundation based in Kansas City, Missouri, established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. The Kauffman Foundation’s mission is to foment “a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens, contributing to the improvement of their communities.[2]” Their two main areas of focus are: advancing entrepreneurship and improving the education of children and youth.

Enterprise Week UK is Enterprise UK's campaign to connect youth, women, homeworkers, people from ethnic minorities to entrepreneurial opportunities. It was founded in 2004 by the British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, the Institute of Directors and the Federation of Small Businesses.

Hosts[edit]

Each country that participates in Global Entrepreneurship Week designates a host organization to lead the campaign (in rare instances, two or more organizations share this responsibility). Host organizations are responsible for galvanizing the momentum of their national GEW campaign—building a network of partner organizations to run events and activities during GEW and supporters to help promote the national campaign. Below is a list of participating countries, along with their respective host organization(s).

Country Host Organization No. of Participants No. of Partners No. of Activities Country Population GDP per Capita Ease of Starting a Business**
Albania University of Tirana 250 1 5 3.2 3,808 45
Angola YES Angola -- -- -- 18.5 4,081 164
Argentina Endeavor Argentina 8,150 61 75 40.3 7,626 142
Australia The Frank Team 200 5 5 21.9 42,279 2
Austria Initiative for Teaching Entrepreneurship Austria 900 10 15 8.4 45,562 125
Bahrain O2M Communications, Young Arab Leaders-Bahrain 1,510 6 10 0.8 26,021 78
Bangladesh Young Entrepreneur and Leaders League (YELL) 5,018 6 14 162.2 551 79
Barbados Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) 7,600 325 34 0.3 14,050 N/A
Belgium Flanders District of Creativity vzw -- -- -- 108 43,671 31
Belize Youth Business Trust Belize 1,000 7 4 0.3 4,062 148
Bermuda Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda 2,960 6 8 0.06 -- --
Bolivia Red Bolivia Emprendedora 174,000 192 146 9.9 1,758 166
Bosnia & Herzegovina Agency for the Development of Small & Medium Enterprises 380 14 15 3.8 4,525 160
Brazil Endeavor Brazil 2,605,306 456 3,243 193.7 8,121 128
Bulgaria Junior Achievement Bulgaria 1,230 26 27 7.6 6,423 43
Burkina Faso Association pour la Promotion, le Soutien et le Suivi de l’envestissement Privé (APSIP) 700 12 14 15.8 517 119
Burundi SAGE Burundi 25 2 3 8.3 160 135
Cameroon Youth Business Cameroon 30,000 12 55 19.5 1,136 131
Canada Canadian Youth Business Foundation 99,400 350 701 33.7 39,599 3
Cape Verde The Young Entrepreneurs Association of Cape Verde(AJEC) 963 8 14 0.5 3,064 120
Chile Endeavor Chile and Foro Pro Innovación 13,000 90 100 17 9,644 62
China Shanghai Technology Entrepreneurship Foundation for Graduates 311,380 312 105 1,331.50 3,744 151
Chinese Taipei China Youth Career Development Association(EBST) 4,540 14 17 21.5 -- --
Colombia Endeavor Colombia -- -- -- 45.7 5,126 73
Congo, Democratic Republic of YES Network DRC 4,080 20 0 66 160 146
Croatia UMIS-SMEA 330 10 12 4.4 14,222 56
Denmark Ministry for Economic and Business Affairs (EBST) 52,200 30 141 5.5 55,992 27
Dominica Dominica Youth Business Trust 531 4 7 0.1 5,321 38
Dominican Republic Dominicana Incuba/Emprende 4,740 19 19 10.1 4,637 137
Ecuador Fundacion Emprender 18,520 41 97 13.6 4,202 158
Egypt Middle East Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship -- -- -- 83 2,270 18
El Salvador RTI El Salvador 4,891 21 31 6.2 3,424 129
Finland Aalto University School of Economics Small Business Center 900 50 35 5.3 44,581 32
France Journee de l’Entrepreneur 100,000 600 623 62.6 41,051 21
Georgia Association of Young Economists of Georgia -- -- -- 4.3 2,449 8
Germany Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology Unit 30,000 680 1,053 81.9 40,670 88
Ghana Youth Enhancement International (YEI) 2,000 15 8 23.8 1,098 99
Greece Hellenic Associations of Young Entrepreneurs 2,400 5 5 11.3 29,240 149
Guyana Youth Business Trust Guyana 60 1 2 0.8 -- 90
Honduras Junior Achievement Honduras 12,150 5 12 7.5 1,918 145
Hungary Young Entrepreneurs Association Hungary 4,700 5 30 10 12,868 35
Iceland Innovit Entrepreneurship Center 5,900 50 150 0.3 38,029 29
India Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) 12,700 63 171 1,155.30 1,134 165
Indonesia Ciputra Foundation 59,000 24 72 230 2,349 155
Israel MIT Enterprise Forum Israel; Asper Center for Entrepreneurship HUJ 14,000 120 200 7.4 26,256 36
Italy META Group 12,500 75 63 60.2 35,084 68
Jamaica Ajawo Wheel 2,300 4 5 2.7 4,471 18
Japan The Honda Foundation 1,900 10 12 127.6 39,738 98
Jordan Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship(QRCE); Endeavor Jordan 7,000 22 44 6 4,216 127
Kenya Junior Achievement Kenya 7,030 70 -- 39.8 738 125
Korea Korea SOHO and Small Business Association; YES Korea 500 10 5 48.7 17,078 60
Kyrgzstan Central Asian Free Market Institute, Public Foundation 2,180 18 27 5.3 860 14
Latvia Preilu Novada Dome 400 3 5 2.3 11,616 53
Lebanon Berytech Technology and Health 1,130 20 20 4.2 8,175 103
Lithuania ISM University of Management and Economics 124,844 11 1,198 3.3 11,141 87
Macedonia YES Foundation; Capacity Building Towards Knowledge Based Economy; Agency for Promotion of the Entrepreneurship 5,000 40 107 2 4,515 5
Madagascar HABAKA Madagascar Innovation Hub -- 3 5 19.6 461 70
Malaysia Warisan Global 70,000 180 713 27.5 7,030 113
Mali Junior Achievement Mali 75,00 63 10 13 691 117
Malta University of Malta 80 0 3 0.4 -- --
Mauritius Empretec Mauritius 1,800 15 34 1.3 6,735 12
Mexico Impulsa and Endeavor Mexico 40,796 55 260 107.4 8,143 67
Monaco Jeune Chambre Economique de Monaco(JCI Monaco) 170 1 1 0.03 -- --
Montenegro Centre for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED) -- -- -- 0.6 6,635 51
Morocco Centre des jeunes dirigeants d'Entreprise (CJD) 8,000 45 32 32 2,811 82
Mozambique Empressa Junior 700 4 6 22.9 428 65
Nepal INCON Pvt. Ltd 2,150 10 21 29.3 427 96
Netherlands HOPE Entrepreneurship Center 18,000 175 160 16.5 47,917 71
New Zealand Wellington Innovation Network (WIN) 5,006 53 123 4.3 29,352 1
Nicaragua Agora Partnerships 350 1 3 5.7 1,069 97
Nigeria Entrepreneurship Developments Services 511,366 23 26 154.7 1,118 110
Pakistan Youth Engagement Services -- -- -- 169.7 955 85
Paraguay Incubadora de Empresas - Junior Achievement 126,758 182 1642 6.3 2,242 102
Peru British Peruvian Chamber of Commerce 1,500 3 25 29.2 4,469 54
Poland Youth Forum of Polish Confederation of Private Employers 13,346 38 128 38.1 11,273 113
Portugal Portuguese Business Angels Association (APBA) 5,000 50 100 10.6 21,903 59
Romania Junior Achievement Romania and GEA Strategy and Consulting 51,000 26 1,300 21.5 7,500 44
Russia Junior Achievement Russia and US Russia Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) 1,592,386 16,005 16,005 141.9 8,684 108
Saudi Arabia National Entrepreneurship Center 50,000 69 50 25.4 14,540 13
Senegal ADEPME 2,500 36 100 12.5 1,023 101
Serbia Be Your Own Boss / Budi Svoj ovek DOO 38,000 30 70 7.3 5,872 83
Sierra Leone AFFORD 350 5 5 5.7 341 61
Singapore National University of Singapore, NUS Entrepreneurship Centre 18,000 40 30 5 36,537 4
Slovakia Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava 6,435 5 10 5.4 16,176 68
Slovenia GEA College 420 8 23 2 23,726 28
South Africa Wits Business School, Univ. of Witswatersrand, Junior Achievement South Africa and Endeavor South America 741 3 16 49.3 5,786 75
Spain IESE Center for Entrepreneurship, IESE Business School 19,880 56 284 46 31,774 147
Sri Lanka Young Entrepreneurs Sri Lanka 11,696 62 18 20.3 2,068 34
Suriname Women's Business Group Foundation 130 3 3 0.5 -- 171
Swaziland Technoserve - Swaziland 3,100 13 32 1.2 2,533 153
Sweden Sweden Entrepreneurship Forum 15,500 75 105 9.3 43,654 39
Trinidad & Tobago Youth Business Trinidad & Tobago 90 1 4 1.3 15,841 74
Tunisia Institut Arabe des Chefs d'Enterprise 55,700 92 99 10.4 3,792 48
Turkey Endeavor Turkey TOBB(Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) 18,836 118 178 74.8 8,215 63
Uganda Enterprise Uganda 8,960 22 32 32.7 490 137
Ukraine Association "Socio-Economic Strategies & Partnerships'(SESP) 35,131 6 1,120 46 2,468 118
United Arab Emirates Higher Colleges of Technology -- -- -- 4.6 50,070 46
United Kingdom Enterprise UK 207,269 983 2,577 61.8 35,165 17
United States Public Forum Institute 445,896 1,313 3,286 307 45,989 9
Uruguay Endeavor Uruguay 7,257 54 73 3.3 9,420 139
Venezuela DBAccess/ACCEDE 19,048 50 183 28.4 11,490 144
Vietnam Idocean Co., Ltd. -- -- -- 87.3 1,032 100
Zambia Zambia-Comesa SME Toolkit Project 680 7 1 12.9 985 57
Zimbabwe Empretec Zimbabwe 100 3 4 12.5 -- 143

Global partners[edit]

A global partner is any organization that agrees to host one or more activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week. These organizations include:

Activities[edit]

  • 4th annual Race to Entrepreneurship: This event is held by the St. Louis Regional Entrepreneurship Educators (STLREE). Teams must “think like an entrepreneur” as they follow a packet of clues and use public transportation to locate and photograph entrepreneurial landmarks in St. Louis.
  • NFTE students at Shaw High School in East Cleveland, Ohio compete in the GoVenture Lemonade Stand business simulation after-school. They record their scores after select "open days" and the top earners win a prize.
  • University of Virginia Cup Entrepreneurial Concept Competition: Students submit a 3 page "business concept" and compete in the first round against students within their school or department. In the second round, the winners from each school or department compete against one another until a winning team receives the UVA Cup. Heads of schools can participate in a bet, the one who loses gets his/her head shaved on The Lawn. Additional competitions at UVA include YouTube video submissions, designs for the UVA Cup Trophy, and ideas for “game-changing”.
  • Youth Lunch'N Learn: This event is hosted by the Asset Building Center. Local entrepreneurs share success stories and business-starting fundamentals to an audience of students.
  • Youthpreneur: KooDooZ holds this program for 5th through 10th graders challenges them to make a social impact through tried methodologies. The students’ progress will be documented and interactive online webinars will be posted on KooDooZ's YouTube channel.[3]

Official events[edit]

  • The Global Cleantech Open Ideas Competition: A challenge created for green innovators. The goal of the competition is to produce clean technology ideas and collaborate with investors and CEO’s. The winning idea receives $100,000 in legal, marketing, and public relations support.
  • 551 Speednetwork the Globe: A networking event hosted by YES for Europe in which entrepreneurs meet and speak with others in timed intervals to brainstorm and share ideas.
  • Mentoring Madness: An event sponsored by NYSE Euronext. Students posed their entrepreneurial questions to a panel headed by Snoop Dogg. Winners were awarded $25,000 in startup funds.
  • The Global Innovation Tournament: An event targeted towards saving money. Teams were asked to create innovated ideas to make saving money fun. Ideas were judged on innovation and novelty of the idea, how fun it was, and whether the idea created a positive impact.

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The GEW logo is multi-colored compass with rounded typeface of ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week’ coming from the top right section. The color spectrum, which includes 26 colors, represents GEW’s international span. The compass shape adheres to the notion of navigation and the direction of entrepreneurship in the future. Many of GEW’s partners fuse their own logo with the compass in order to demonstrate a joint collaboration towards a global initiative.


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