Speed Network the Globe


The Speed Network the Globe Signature Activity utilizes one of the most important skills for entrepreneurs: networking. In this Signature Activity, participants will have the opportunity to network and practice their elevator pitch with multiple people who can potentially help them on their entrepreneurial journey. When you are planning, make sure you have a diverse mix of participants: investors, resource providers, and entrepreneurs. If you participate in this Signature Activity, let us know by using the hashtags #GEW2021 and #SpeedNetworkTheGlobe.

The object of Speed Network the Globe is to catalyze as many speed networking events as possible across your country during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people through local, national and global events and activities. From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions – GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.

Speed Networking the Globe (SNTG) is one of the easiest GEW activities to replicate in any community. It is an ideal activity to organize during GEW because:

  • It’s generally free to host,
  • It can happen anywhere,
  • It highlights and helps improve a basic but fundamental entrepreneurship skill that often gets overlooked - networking!
  • It’s an efficient way to expand the participant’s network, which is valuable for both budding entrepreneurs and those with existing businesses.

It’s also a great way to introduce audiences to one another who otherwise may not have crossed paths– mix policymakers with entrepreneurs, or students with mentors.

In this activity guide we have provided step-by-step instructions you can use to organize your own Speed Network the Globe activity during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

With 180 different countries taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week – including nearly 10million participants and 39,000 events happening simultaneously during the week – it’s a fantastic opportunity to make valuable connections and expand your network.

To learn how to organize a GEW event, download the Signature Activity Guide: Speed Network the Globe.