For the second year in a row, Colombia closes Global Entrepreneurship Week as one of the countries holding the most events. The Colombian cities with the most events organized included Medellin, Bogota, Cali and Manizales.
This initiative, that joined more than 80,000 people all over the country, was developed under the concept of giving back to the global entrepreneurship movement from local cities. Its goal was to show that entrepreneurship does not always come from big cities, but from small cities all around Colombia.
There were more than 1,100 events held throughout the country. These included festivals, talks with successful entrepreneurs, workshops in various topics and media meetings. The cities that registered the largest number of events were Medellín, with 653 events, Bogotá with 244, Cali with 18 events and Manizales with 17 events. It is important to acknowledge that this year new cities joined the initiative with almost 10 events such as: Quibdó, Pasto and Santa Marta. This proves that local cities can give back to entrepreneurship.
One of the events during Global Entrepreneurship Week was the second edition of the Inspire Talks by Endeavor Colombia. Inspire Talks is an event that seeks to promote the entrepreneurial culture in the country and inspire people to create or scale their businesses. It took place on November 14 and it gathered more than 350 people and registered more than 1,000 attendees via online streaming from other cities in Colombia, as well as different 18 countries.
Besides Endeavor Colombia, the organization committee was composed of Alcaldía de Medellín, ANDI, Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá, Cámara de Comercio de Barranquilla, Confecámaras, iNNpulsa, MinCIT, REUNE y Somos Más.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is an annual initiative created by Kauffman Foundation and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Since its inception in 2008, more than 165 countries have joined the global movement, organizing events simultaneously during GEW. Colombia joined in 2012.