As Global Entrepreneurship Week gets ever-closer, the momentum for the campaign is now building quickly. The past month alone has seen a flurry of official launch events around the world announcing local plans and highlights.
Ghana, Ecuador and New Zealand are the latest countries to tout their campaigns:
- Global Entrepreneurship Week / Ghana was officially kick-started this Monday at the British Council in Accra. In the presence of the assembled media and business leaders, Stephen Gyasi-Kwaw of Ghanaian Hosts Youth Enhancement International called on the government to use GEW “to create an environment that allows enterprising behaviour to flourish”. There were also contributions from the AU Diaspora Africa Forum, co-Host the Masem Foundation and Guest of Honour, the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry. The latter spoke passionately on the need for entrepreneurs to drive the Ghanaian economy, and of the need to facilitate access to finance for young entrepreneurs through microfinance schemes such as MASLOC.
- Global Entrepreneurship Week / New Zealand gathered a panel of key players from the world of business for their launch, posing the question, “How will social entrepreneurship make New Zealand richer?” Sam Morgan, the founder of New Zealand’s answer to EBay - TradeMe, and rugby player turned orange juice magnate Marc Ellis were amongst those sharing their secrets on making money and making the world a better place (not necessarily in that order!) at Wellington’s Massey university. Sam Morgan was forthright in his message to would-be entrepreneurs, challenging them to “stop talking about entrepreneurship and just go build businesses”. Quite!
The event streamed live and was attended by over 120 people; it was also picked up strongly by local media. Chair of GEW NZ Rob Acton said, “NZ is a country that loves its heroes, and GEW is supporting New Zealanders trying to make an impact on the world.”
- Fundación Emprender, official Host of Global Entrepreneurship Week / Ecuador, got things started in Central America with a conference titled, “The Model of Small Business Development Centers in the United States”. The event drew over 150 active participants including notable business figures, academics, students and entrepreneurs. There were a series of addresses, focussing on the American model for developing SMEs, namely providing free training and consulting services with a view to increased long-term sales and productivity. Finally, FE President Juan Francisco Núñez reaffirmed the commitment of the Foundation to promoting research and development, and invited all present to spread the word for another successful GEW.
Earlier this year, Global Entrepreneurship Week / Malaysia host Warisan Global got the jump on everyone with a GEW launch announcement in June, which we covered in a previous blog post.
Congratulations to all involved for a series of great, and very different, launch events.