With Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2021 right around the corner, national organizers are working hard to bring campaigns to life in 200 countries. In the weeks leading up to GEW (Nov. 8-14), GEN will spotlight some of these campaigns to share how entrepreneurs are being inspired and empowered in different parts of the world.
GEN caught up with Micah Anshan of Futurpreneur, the national host for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Canada, to learn about the activities planned, the collaboration taking place to make it all possible, and goals for the 2021 campaign.
Anshan is the Senior Government Relations Manager at Futurpreneur and the lead for GEW Canada.
GEN: How is your country coming together to celebrate GEW?
Micah Anshan, GEW Canada: We are working with a wide range of organizations and government partners to recognize Global Entrepreneurship Week and raise awareness about the positive impact entrepreneurs have within their communities and across the Canadian economy.
GEN: What key activities are taking place in Canada during GEW?
Micah Anshan, GEW Canada: We are engaging federal and provincial governments to organize official press releases and statements from the legislatures for each jurisdiction for Global Entrepreneurship Week, amplifying GEW and recognizing the positive impact of young entrepreneurs. We are also hoping to schedule meetings between politicians and entrepreneurs during the week to highlight their successes.
We will also be hosting at least three events during Global Entrepreneurship Week: a ‘Side Hustle Event’ with TD Bank, focused on entrepreneurs with side-hustles/part-time business; an ‘Indigenous Young Entrepreneurship Event’ with National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association (NACCA) and Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corp (NEDC) featuring an Indigenous young entrepreneur speaking about challenges and successes for Indigenous entrepreneurs in Canada; and an ‘Investing in the Next Generation of Young Black Entrepreneurs’ with RBC Royal Bank focused on the different stages of entrepreneurship and business launch, with insights into how Black entrepreneurs can overcome barriers to success.
More information on these events will be available soon.
GEN: What are your goals for GEW 2021?
Micah Anshan, GEW Canada: Our goals for the GEW Canada 2021 campaign are to raise awareness, engage stakeholders with the local ecosystem and to celebrate young entrepreneurs.
GEN: Why is Global Entrepreneurship Week important for your Canada’s startup ecosystem?
Micah Anshan, GEW Canada: The pandemic has shown how integrated the world economy is, with supply chain disruptions and shutdowns impacting economic development and the startup ecosystem. Entrepreneurs in Canada have been through a lot with the pandemic, with many having to pivot their business models to stay open. We are proud to have supported young entrepreneurs through the pandemic and we will use Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate the impact entrepreneurs make and to showcase the diversity of entrepreneurs making a difference across Canada.
GEN: What do you want the world to know about your country's startup ecosystem? What trends, if any, are you noticing?
Micah Anshan, GEW Canada: Young people have been significantly impacted by the pandemic, facing significant job losses and labour market disruptions. From this, more young people than ever are considering entrepreneurship as a viable path towards sustainable employment, leading to a surge in youth entrepreneurship.
To learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week activities in your region, visit www.gew.co.