CELEBRATE | November 7, 2018

Global Entrepreneurship Week Celebrations Begin Around the World

Photo Credit: Times of Oman

Countries around the world are investing in the spirit of entrepreneurship to celebrate the 11th consecutive Global Entrepreneurship Week this year from November 12-18. Communities, organizations, universities, governments and thought leaders from more than 170 countries have organized a multitude of entrepreneurship events and opportunities you may be interested in learning about.

 

IRELAND

Excerpt from the Belfast Telegraph
Next week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, an event which is expected to involve some 10 million people in 170 countries around the world. This is a familiar territory for Ulster Bank as many of our teams and services are actively encouraging customers to become more entrepreneurial, so naturally we welcome it with open arms. That's why the Ulster Bank Boost team has decided to deliver a roadshow of events.

The 'Time to Grow' series are going to address a range of business issues including how to better manage your cash flow, how to maximise online banking services and how to prepare for the incoming changes to how taxes are recorded. The new initiative, dubbed 'Making Tax Digital', is expected to radically streamline the process of recording taxes and raise awareness among SMEs about the changes.

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OMAN

Excerpt from the Times of Oman
The National Business Centre (NBC), which is part of the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), is set to organise a series of events in line with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW 2018) next week under the theme of "Failure taught me".

“We are going to host GEW events for the sixth year in a row. The first day of the event will feature success stories of Omani entrepreneurs and an accompanying exhibition. A small and medium enterprise (SME) clinic will also be open during the week to offer consultations for the SMEs," said Mulkie Al Hashmi, Director of Media and Marketing at NBC.

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QATAR

Excerpt from the Gulf Times
The Governor of Qatar Central Bank (QCB) Sheikh Abdullah bin Saud al-Thani, who is also chairman of the Qatar Development Bank (QDB), is launching on Sunday the second edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Qatar. GEW is designed to promote entrepreneurship by connecting startup owners, investors researchers, and policymakers from across the globe.

“We are delighted to host GEW, a prestigious international event, for the second year in a row. Our organisation of this event fits perfectly with our larger policy framework to support the development of the SME sector and foster an entrepreneurial spirit among the members of our community. By empowering our private sector, we aim to rely on the ingenuity of our people to continue our national progress, as envisioned in Qatar National Vision 2030,” said QDB chief executive officer Abdulaziz bin Nasser al-Khalifa.

For the duration of GEW, Bedaya Centre for Entrepreneurship & Career Development and Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC) will jointly host a bazaar where products made by SMEs will be on display.

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BANGLADESH

Excerpt from the New Age Bangladesh
Daffodil International University is set to organise Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 to encourage youth entrepreneurship in the country – keeping pace with the rest of the world. The event will be a platform for both the new and the old entrepreneurs to share their views and experiences, the university said.

“The development of a country does not rely only on the job holders. The country needs lot of entrepreneurs to make sure overall progress,” said Daffodil International University acting vice-chancellor Hamidul Haque Khan while addressing a press conference in the university auditorium.

Daffodil International University had undertaken various initiatives, including opening an entrepreneurship department at the university to create new entrepreneurs in the country, Hamidul said. The GEW programme will begin with the inaugural ceremony where government initiated A2i project director Mustafizur Rahman is expected to attend as chief guest.

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RWANDA

Excerpt from the KT Press
The 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Rwanda this year will focus on empowering women and youth to make these two groups the bedrock for sustainable development. During the event, twenty-thousand entrepreneurs engage and inspire around 9 million people through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. The event will see the launch of the first Pan African Women’s Accelerator (PAWA). Fifteen Rwandan women entrepreneurs will be selected for a year-long cohort mentorship programme, with the trainees receiving seed funding of between $5,000 - $10,000.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Excerpt from BizCommunity
During the Global Entrepreneurship Week which takes place from November 12 – 16 at 22 on Sloane, startups will get the opportunity to pitch to a panel of judges for an opportunity to join the campus’ residency programme. GEW is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organisations.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week in South Africa will also offer various exciting seminars, masterclasses and networking sessions for entrepreneurs. The main programs of the week will include Microsoft’s HeadStart programme, which aims to support 10 tech-based startups by providing access to customers, mentors and the platform to build their products and services. The 10 startups will be selected from 22 on Sloane’s annual call for 2019 residency at its campus, which attracts over 100 start-ups.

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