GEW 2018: Global Updates from Africa
Photo Credit: GEW Cape Verde
19 Oct 2018

With just a few weeks left until this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, preparations for GEW campaigns have gained momentum in many parts of the world. GEW leaders from Africa are sharing their outlook for this year’s celebration in each of their countries.

This November will mark the third Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration for Angola. According to Jose Carlos Santos, the official GEW host in Angola, last year’s celebration attracted more than 10,000 people with the engagement of various actors of the ecosystem. The country will focus on entrepreneurship at the ecosystem level, youth entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship in the health sector and entrepreneurship education. 

GEW Angola has the full support of government officials – as five ministers are expected to take part – as well as corporations such as Chevron, and UNITEL, which is one of the largest telecom operators in Angola. GEN Global board member Jeff Hoffman is also expected to visit Angola this year to take part in the celebration.

Cape Verde
According to Dilma Vieira, vicce president of AJEC in Cape Verde, the official GEW host organization, GEW Cape Verde aims to inspire and empower young people on all of the islands, promoting dynamic activities and guidance for Cape Verde’s entrepreneurs.

Vieria said the highlights this year are the high level roundtable and the Entrepreneurship Summit weekend. The Entrepreneurship Summit will feature a series of conferences, lectures, fairs, exchanges, meetings, networking opportunities and workshops with some of the most prominent names in national and international entrepreneurship. Topics covered during the conference include technology and innovation, women's entrepreneurship, inclusive entrepreneurship and financing. Béa Monteiro, Sandra Correia, Paulino Dias, Victor Borges, Pedro Lopes, Leila Navarro, Saulo Montrond and Diogo Teixeira are among this year’s keynote speakers.

The focus of the high-level roundtable in Praia will be inclusive entrepreneurship aligned with this year’s global #GEWinclusion theme. GEW Cape Verde gets support and attendance at the highest level from the government of Cape Verde. The week is endorsed by the President of the Republic, Prime Minister, Minister of Youth and Sport, Minister of Culture, Minister of Education, presidents of the Municipal Council of Cape Verde, PCA’s of several public and private institutions, president of chamber of commerce and the president of chamber of tourism. Around 30,000 people are expected to attend the GEW 2018 in Cape Verde. 

“Cape Verde is a small country, but very daring, that bets a lot on entrepreneurship to develop its economy” said Vieira.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Nigeria will kick off with a walk for entrepreneurship on Saturday, November 10. The walk will engage hundreds of young people in a 9 km walk around Ibadan to drum up awareness for the week and will take place simultaneously in multiple cities, including Lagos, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Nsukka and Abuja, Nigeria.

This year, the 21st Century Entrepreneurs Hub in collaboration with GEN Nigeria will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Sokoto on November 17 and 18, with a two-day exhibition that will bring together various startups at all stages of development with potential investors, traders, NGO’s, government bodies and other entities. 

Empretec Zimbabwe, the official GEW host organization in Zimbabwe, has been hosting  Global Entrepreneurship Week since 2010. This year’s GEW theme is  "Because I can.” 

As part of this theme, the signature activity will take place in Gokwe, in the Midlands province of the country, where 4,500 young people will be trained in entrepreneurship. This is part of an Empretec Zimbabwe program that started earlier this year – and 1,500 young people have received the training so far. 

This training program includes a business plan competition and pitching to a panel of judges. Those who receive an award get further support and mentorship to take their initiatives to the next level. 

“The young people of Gokwe have great potential to become global success stories,” said Nartha Nyabadza, Empretec Zimbabwe’s programs coordinator. Nyabadza advises all interested parties to attend and see their potential.

Other major events of the week include an entrepreneurs conference with an exhibition, a digital linkages event connecting Zimbabwean entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs globally and Entrepreneurs’ Conversations. Ministry of SMEs, Welthunger Hilfe WHH, under funding from the EU and many business people of Gokwe, are the major supporters and funders of the week.


Buke Cuhadar

Vice President for Global Operations | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Buke Cuhadar serves as Vice President of Global Operations for the Global Entrepreneurship Network, a year-round platform of programs and… More