GEW 2021 to Officially Launch in Phoenix
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Join GEN President Jonathan Ortmans and other distinguished guests virtually on Nov. 5 and 6.
1 Nov 2021

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021 gets underway with a launch in Phoenix, Arizona with a range of events and sessions on November 5 - 6, 2021, including the announcement of the top 25 Entrepreneurship World Cup Finalists who will compete for a share of $US 1 million later this year. 

Join Us!

You can watch live on Nov. 6 at 7 am Arizona Time / 10 am ET from anywhere in the world using this webinar link and passcode 607427 at the time of the event.

About the Launch

The official Global Entrepreneurship Week launch is held in partnership with the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. The two-day event includes the official opening of GEW with highlights from national campaign leaders from around the world, as well as the launch of Thunderbird's A. Masrin Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Family Business. The center is named after Thunderbird alumnus, Jimmy Masrin, the president, director and CEO of PT Caturkarsa Megatunggal based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The GEW launch will be among the first of 40,000 activities taking place across 200 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week reaches beyond high-tech startup hubs like Silicon Valley, London and Shanghai – envisioning one entrepreneurial ecosystem open to all, including smaller cities in emerging economies and under-represented communities, whether systemically marginalized, geographically hard-to-reach or otherwise pushed aside or left out.

Phoenix, named one of the Top 100 Emerging Ecosystems in the 2021 Global Startup Ecosystem Report from GEN and Startup Genome, has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem -- ranking in the top half near large international hubs like Frankfurt, Mexico City, Milan and Moscow.

The event will also shine a spotlight on Phoenix Global Rising, a new initiative with the City of Phoenix and Mayor Kate Gallego aimed at making the Valley of the Sun a global business player and an inclusive, sustainable smart city.

Speakers include: 

  • Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network
  • Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix
  • Sanjeev Khagram, Dean of the Thunderbird School of Management
  • Rebeca Hwang, Senior Director for the Masrin Center + Member of the GEN Board of Directors
  • Kizito Okechukwu, GEW South Africa
  • Marcus Dantus, GEW Mexico
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week hosts from around the world. 

For those in the Phoenix metropolitan area wishing to attend in-person, please register here

Virtual Connection Details: 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 607427

Or One tap mobile :

    US: +12532158782,,83716744392#,,,,*607427#  or +13462487799,,83716744392#,,,,*607427#

Or Telephone:

    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

        US: +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 837 1674 4392

Passcode: 607427

    International numbers available:


Ellen Erickson

Director for U.S. Ecosystems | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Ellen is the Director for U.S. Ecosystems with the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Her primary responsibilities include supporting the… More