Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of innovators who dream big and launch startups that bring ideas to life. Each November, GEW reaches millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through local, national and global events and activities. From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions – GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey. In the United States alone, nearly 5,000 events, activities and competitions are planned across all 50 states by a wide variety of organizations including: colleges and universities, entrepreneurial support organizations, government agencies, economic development groups and more.
Why do so many groups plan and conduct activities during Global Entrepreneurship Week? Because it is a simple way to reach beyond your immediate network and connect with potential new partners, funders and members.
INSPIRE: Made possible by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week introduces entrepreneurship and innovation to those who otherwise might not have considered it as a career path or as a way to solve real-world problems they are passionate about. Through partner events, activities and competitions, GEW shares uplifting and informative experiences that motivate participants to take action.
CONNECT: This week provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to connect with others and strengthen their entrepreneurship ecosystem. GEW provides an opportunity to expand your organization’s reach beyond traditional audiences and energize new partnerships or increased membership. It also can open doors to an international audience and connect your local network to a global community.
ENGAGE: The GEW celebration empowers organizations by building and reinforcing linkages for deeper engagement throughout the year between active and inspiring entrepreneurs along with investors, mentors, corporates, community leaders, media and other startup support champions.
Attend an event - see what's happening in your community and what resources are available to help you on your entrepreneurial path. Discover GEW events near you this November.
Host an event - anyone can participate in GEW. Just schedule an event that celebrates, educates and connects entrepreneurs in your community during GEW in November. Register the event on our website and download the logo to help promote your event. Join the network and register your event here.
Become an organizing partner - Make your city a GEW city by applying to organize GEW for your community. Organizer responsibilities include hosting a launch event on the Monday of GEW, collaborating with other local community leaders, inviting local partners to host events that support entrepreneurship, and working with GEW headquarters in Washington, D.C. to promote and highlight your city as an inspiration for other global cities working to increase their support for entrepreneurs. Apply Here.
Make global connections - Share your tips for attracting talent, retaining big name companies, and supporting entrepreneurs at the city level with other cities around the world. Co-host a virtual event or program with a city that closely aligns with yours.