Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Bermuda in partnership with the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), Department of ICT Policy and Innovation and Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative is gearing up to celebrate 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week during the month of November. GEW is celebrated worldwide from November 12 -16, but as always, Bermuda has a month long calendar chock-full of exciting and inspiring events.
GEW was launched in 2008 and has grown to include over 170 host countries, 30,000 partner organizations with thousands of activities planned throughout the world. Over the last five years, Bermuda has been recognized globally at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress with the Champion Catalyzer Award for most events hosted per capita – and this year there will be plenty on offer to get involved in.
The month-long celebration of entrepreneurship will kick off tomorrow (Thursday, November 1) with the reading of the GEW Proclamation by the Minister of Economic Development and Tourism The Hon. Jamahl Simmons, JP, MP that will then be broadcast across television, radio and social media.
On Friday, November 9, the public is invited to come out to celebrate and support local entrepreneurs at the GEW Entrepreneurship Festival from 5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. on the grounds of the Cabinet Building. There will be entertainment, food and locally made products to discover during the family-friendly event.
Other highlights of the month’s events include It’s A Family Affair – Family Business Event, which will take place on Friday, November 2 from 5.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Goslings Wine Cellar. The event will feature international guest speaker Ted Knowles of Northeastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business, along with a panel of local business owners including Irvin Hendrickson of Hendy’s Laundromat, Denise Riviere of Bull’s Head Car Wash, Zach Moniz of Lindo’s Group of Companies and Charles Gosling of Goslings Ltd., who will share some of their insights on topics such as “I will never do that again”, “Things that keep you up at night” and “This is how you do it”.
Following on from last year’s successful awards ceremony, the Second Annual Small Business Awards will take place on Sunday, November 11 at Pier 6. The event will celebrate the island’s small businesses and entrepreneurs and the winners of the 2018 Small Business Awards will be revealed.
The finals of the Rocket Pitch Competition are always an exciting time and this year will take place on Thursday, November 15 at AXA XL. Entrepreneurs from five categories, including Pitch Pink, Pitch Town, Pitch Tech, Pitch Green and Youth Pitch will battle it out to see whose idea will come out on top and win a share of the $25,000 start-up package of cash and services to help them launch their business.
In celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference will be a day-long event featuring Stacey Ferreira, CEO of Forge, and Shelly Bell, founder of Black Girl Ventures Foundation. “Upgrade to SheEO” at this event that will inspire, empower and elevate.
Jamillah Lodge, Information and Education Communications Officer for BEDC and GEW Project Manager, said, “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a time to celebrate, inspire and create new ideas to drive innovation and economic growth. In Bermuda, we have seen many entrepreneurs succeed and bring their vision to life, and we want to continue to inspire people to make their business ideas a reality. We encourage anyone interested in starting their own business, or those who just want to support small businesses and entrepreneurs, to come out and take part in the events put on during the month of November, and beyond.”
Below is a full list of the events and partner events taking place during GEW:
- GEW Minister’s Proclamation – Thursday, November 1st, aired on television, radio and social media.
- TechAwards – Thursday, November 1st, 6 pm – 8 pm, AXA XL
- It’s a Family Affair, Family Business Event with guest speaker, Ted Knowles of North Eastern University – Friday, November 2nd, 5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m., Goslings Wine Cellar
- Youth Pitch Presentations/Biz Camp Awards – Wednesday November 7th, 5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m., Bermuda College
- Entrepreneurship Education Awards – Thursday, November 8th, 6.00 p.m. – 8.30 p.m., Ocean View
- GEW Entrepreneurship Festival– Friday, November 9th, 5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m., Cabinet Building
- 2nd Annual Small Business Awards – Sunday, November 11th, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Pier 6
- Rocket Pitch Competition Finals – Thursday, November 15th, 5.30 p.m. – 9 p.m., AXA XL
- Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Conference – Friday, November 16th, 8.00 a.m. – 5 p.m., Rosewood Tucker’s Point
- An Evening with Dr. Julian Manley – Monday, November 19th, 6 p.m. – 8.00 pm, St. Paul’s Church Hamilton
- Cooperating for Success Seminar – Tuesday, November 20, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, Hamilton
- BE (Bermuda Entrepreneur) a Hunter - Networking Scavenger Hunt– Friday, November 23rd – 5.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m., Hamilton
- Sports Club Business Planning Workshop – Tuesday, November 27th , venue and time TBC
- BE (Bermuda Entrepreneur) a Bowler - Network and Bowl – Friday, November 30th – 6.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m., Southside Bowling Alley
- Tru Space Pod Cast – Tuesday, November 6th
- BBP Women Empowerment Summit - Saturday, November 17th, Spanish Point Boat Club, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- “She Did That” – Film Discussion & Dinner – Sunday, November 18th 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., BUEI
- Tru Space Live Event – Wednesday, November 21st, 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
For more information and to purchase tickets for events, visit www.gew.bm, email or call 292-5570.
Bermuda Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) is Bermuda’s premier source of free confidential business advice for entrepreneurs. The mission is to serve Bermuda’s local business community with the highest degree of professionalism by providing, authoritative business advice; counsel and loan guarantee support. Bermuda Business Starts Here! For more information visit www.bedc.bm.
During one week in November the world spotlights how young people's ideas can contribute to global economic development. GEW Global, which started in 2008 with the Kauffman Foundation and the UK’s Make your Mark organization, has grown to include Host Committees in over 150 countries. With the help of governments and non-government organizations, Host Countries coordinate events ranging from invention competitions to local entrepreneurship summits designed to stimulate creative solutions, jumpstart innovation and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit, especially among young people.
Formed in 2008 the Bermuda Host Committee is made up of the BEDC, Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda (registered charity no. 616) and the Department of ICT Policy & Innovation. The Committee acts with the common goal of inspiring the new generation of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers