CELEBRATE | January 20, 2016

Hosts Spotlight Successful GEW Programs Initiatives

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As countries are gearing up to send delegates to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellín, Colombia, this March, they’re also taking a look back at their successful Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations in 2015.

For Global Entrepreneurship Week in Russia, organizations in the country used the celebrations as a way to reach out to local innovators and startups, as well as a way to teach local entrepreneurs about services they can use to help start and scale their businesses.

The All-Russia Public Organization, OPORA< conducted a leaders forum during GEW to discuss new development strategies for small and medium-sized enterprises in Russia. There were 1,530 events in Russia, with nearly 300,000 participants – one of the largest celebrations for an individual country. There were also 270 partners who helped organize events, and 41 out of 77 regions participated in GEW. The Russia Center for Entrepreneurship is the national host.

Bolivia closed Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations with Startup Weekend Santa Cruz and Makers El Alto, as well as other startup ecosystem related activities around the country. In total, Bolivia worked with more than 130 partners.

During Uganda’s GEW activities, Victorium Holdings offered financial support to a variety of small and medium-sized enterprises, networking with more than 100 SME’s and managed to sign a new client during the week. Uganda: Audrey Ngambeki - Victorium Holding Limited offering financial systems support to Small and Medium Enterprises. During GEW 2016, they managed to network with over 100 SMEs and managed to sign a new client during the week.

In Mauritius, three women from the Anthurium Women Cooperative Society participated in an event in Montagne Blanche. The event provided an opportunity for the women to network and learn more about entrepreneurship – motivating them to reinforce their collaboration in an entrepreneurial venture.

Later, the three women entrepreneurs were trained to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills to take back to their companies. They came up with the ideas to have a clustered approach to sewing services, including manufacturing dresses, beddings and curtains. Empretec Mauritius also provided financial support for the purchase of the entrepreneurs’ sewing machines and equipment for their endeavor in garment manufacturing.

Jessica is a former multimedia journalist with a background in print and online media. At the Global Entrepreneurship Network, she created daily… About the author