The MBB Organizing Team, L-R: David Kapaku, Grace Fung, Lori Fisher, Gylian Solay, Nicole Fisher, Pat Diaz, Kau'i Waller, Tricia Morris, John Hau'oli Tomoso (missing Ed Gazmen, Trisha Anderson, Molly Balzano, Mel Patterson)
Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has selected Maui Business Brainstormers (MBB) to join the group of state coordinators around the nation tasked with driving engagement in activities that help to start and grow startups locally and abroad. MBB is a grassroots group founded in January 2012, based in the County of Maui, Hawaii.
“The partnership of MBB and GEN had already begun five years ago when the first-ever GEW in the state of Hawaii was initiated in Maui County,” shared MBB in a statement.
Known as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), the large-scale campaign is active in 170 countries with roughly nine million participants in 35,000 activities – ranging from small, casual meetups to massive events and competitions. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020 will be held November 16–22, 2020.
This new partnership at the state level means broader responsibilities for MBB, yet another step in the evolving scope since MBB was created nine years ago. In its new state coordinator role, MBB will build on its success record in B2B support, bringing together leaders and stakeholders across the state – including the movers and shakers within MBB. Our motto is “Nudging Hawaii State Entrepreneurs to the Next Level," and MBB is proud to be selected and to join the list of state leaders across the United States.
The state coordinators led by GEN will encourage hundreds of organizations throughout their state to plan and conduct activities during GEW USA. They will also play a role in connecting those organizations and other key stakeholders to expand awareness and enable the participation of communities not traditionally engaged in entrepreneurial activity.
"Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week amplifies the great work being done to support entrepreneurs across the country while connecting them to more opportunities to start and scale in their own communities,” said Ellen Bateman, director for U.S. ecosystems at the Global Entrepreneurship Network.
The four global themes of GEW 2020 will focus on Ecosystems, Education, Inclusion and Policy. Event organizers are encouraged to consider these themes but have the flexibility to plan their activity as best they see fit to suit their individual communities’ needs and interests.
If you or your organization are located in Hawaii and would like to get involved in any capacity, please connect with the “Aloha State Coordinator” via email at Aloha.GEW@MauiBusinessBrainstormers.org.
About Maui Business Brainstormers
MBB is a grassroots group founded in January 2012, based in the County of Maui. It is apolitical, 100% independently managed, and 100% volunteer based. Its only purpose: finding and creating ways to help local entrepreneurs and new and existing businesses thrive on their journey from the ground up (fostering self-sustainability and business growth).