Like most—if not all—new ventures, Global Entrepreneurship Week started with an idea. What if there was a global movement to inspire people everywhere to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey? 

Representatives from 37 countries were on hand when GEW was announced in 2007 by Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEW, Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation and Gordon Brown, former prime minister of the United Kingdom. Included in those 37 countries were the first 18 host organizations to commit their countries to the campaign, from:

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Macedonia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • US

By November 2008, host organizations in 77 countries had officially signed on—and 3 million people participated in 25,022 events and activities.