This year the Czech Republic hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week events for the third time, and attracted a record number of attendees, totaling more than 5,300.
GEW is part of the Global Entrepreneurship Network’s series of initiatives to celebrate, support and understand entrepreneurship worldwide. The event has been supported in the past by U.S. President Barack Obama, Virgin Group mogul Richard Branson and entertainer Snoop Dogg.
The European Leadership and Academic Institute (ELAI) organized the Czech event this year, with 65 events taking place between Nov. 16-22, with the aim to promote and develop business.
“I am very happy that we had a successful third year of [the Global] Entrepreneurship Week in the Czech Republic, with participation of so many organizations and individuals,” said ELAI Executive Director Lukás Sedlácek in a press release. “I would like to thank them all for their trust and support.”
A highlight of the week was the Entrepreneurship Week Summit: From Survivors to the Winners in Prague, which attracted nearly 1,700 participants on Nov. 19. Participants could choose from 20 different workshops with successful entrepreneurs, both locally and internationally, to receive advice on how to start their own business.
GEW Czech Republic also hosted a panel discussion on the need of the state to support development and promotion of startups. Panelists included professionals from Germany and Israel, and the conference hosted speakers including Juraj Atlas from Liftago, Lubo Smid from STRV, Katarina Klinkova from Staffino and Lucie Bresová from Skypicker.
“The [Global] Entrepreneurship Week is a unique event for emerging entrepreneurs – one of its kind in the Czech Republic,” said Atlas in a press release.
The top Czech startups were honored at the end of the Summit, including TeskaLabs, who took first place in the Start It Up! 2015 competition. Reservio placed second and Vitrubio took third.
Although GEW has come to a close, the Czech Republic is gearing up for their next event in the spring. Sedlácek said ELAI decided to organize Innovation Week in the spring of 2016, featuring patrons Tatána le Moigne, CEO of the Czech subsidiary of Google, and Martin Lukes, vice dean for science, research and graduate studies of the Faculty of Business Economy at VSE.
“Every country in the developed world is supporting innovation, because that is how new products and services emerge,” said Lukes in a press release. “As a result, events focused on innovations, promoting and awarding them are very important.”