Other | January 8, 2015

Highlighting Achievements and Outstanding Entrepreneurs through GEW Closing Ceremonies

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Over 150 nations celebrated GEW last November. Many of these countries celebrated the week’s end with special events specifically designed to honor their outstanding achievers as well as recognize the importance of the Global Entrepreneurship Network around the world.

Gambia

To close GEW in the Gambia, the American Chamber of Commerce /The Gambia (AmCham), the official host organization of GEW in Gambia, held its fourth annual business dinner and award banquet at the Kairaba Beach Hotel.

Speaking at the event, George Staples, charge d’affaires at the US Embassy in Banjul, congratulated AmCham’s commitment to raising awareness of numerous business and investment opportunities in the country and to inspire Gambians to start businesses through a variety of programs as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Also speaking at the event, Kebba Tamsir Njie, CEO of AmCham stated that there is new generation of entrepreneurs who take risks in their businesses be it agri-business, educational sciences, constructional real estate or any other field and they are engaging these people to serve their communities to become mentors and role models.

During the evening, awards were given in three categories: recognition awards, partnership awards and the triple A awards.

Russia

GEW Russia’s Gala Closing Ceremony, the most festive event of the week, was attended by more than 700 representatives of government, NGOs, Universities, Colleges, business companies and startups. Russia celebrated GEW 2014 with 1,200 activities organized by 254 partners from 43 Russian regions. Some of the highlights from this year are included below.

For the third year in a row, the Moscow City Government took the lead in conducting GEW in Russia, and this year supported over 450 activities in Moscow including business events, business-lessons in schools, festival of master classes and mobile testing for students to determine entrepreneurial skills.

Every day of GEW was focused on, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Day 1 – Business of the future
  • Day 2 – Social entrepreneurship
  • Day 3 – Women entrepreneurship
  • Day 4 – Students’ entrepreneurship
  • Day 5 – Gala Closing Ceremony

The Center for Entrepreneurship the official host organization in Russia and the Russian Association for Entrepreneurship Education arranged two international conferences:

  • Formation of professional competence of youth entrepreneurship in the process of entrepreneurship education  
  • Entrepreneurship education: integration of the university in the innovation economy

During GEW 2014, the first co-working center for social entrepreneurs in Russia was opened in Moscow.  

GEW Russia also promoted social entrepreneurship through special online project named “12 business ideas that changed the world for the better”. 

GEW Russia’s final report is available on YouTube.  

Thailand

GEW in Thailand closed with a celebration of GEW partners and the official MOU signing of a new partner, the Bangkok School of Management (BSM).

GEW partners and students gathered together on November 26 at BSM to officially acknowledge the Bangkok School of Management as a partner of GEW Thailand. Buke Cuhadar, vice president of GEW Global gave a speech at the event on building a global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Bangkok School of Management’s Dr. Chang Yao-Lang stated in his speech, “This is a very exciting time to stimulate local entrepreneurship initiatives among the youth population. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Global Entrepreneurship Thailand to help make the Ratchaprasong area become an entrepreneurship hub, as well as to encourage current and new enterprises”

More information on GEW Thailand is available from Destination Thailand

Tunisia

GEW in Tunisia was celebrated for the fifth consecutive year hosted by the Center for Young Entrepreneurs part of the IACE, the official host organization in Tunisia.

GEW Tunisia aims to develop the dynamic between entrepreneurs, executives, managers, government officials and policy makers to share their experiences and allow participants to acquire the knowledge, skills, experience and networks for their emergence as future entrepreneurs.

The aim of the closing ceremony held at the headquarters of the IACE this year was to recognize and reward partners for their commitment during the week. The following organizations in Tunisia received an award during the ceremony for their outstanding achievements.

  • 1st prize: HEC Entrepreneurial 2014 IHEC Carthage
  • 2nd prize: Carthage Business Angels & Wiki Startup
  • 3rd prize: Infinity Med

Zambia

GEW in Zambia closed with TEVETA MyJob + 1 Students And Youth Business Challenge Awards Presentation and GEW Celebration Dinner held at the Government Complex on December 5.

During the ceremony, the Global Entrepreneurship Index Zambia was launched to the audience consisting of national and regional players in Zambia’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and stories of outstanding local entrepreneurs were presented in collaboration with TEVETA and ELIF Business Solutions, the official GEW Host organization in Zambia.

The guest of honor of the event, Hon. Dr John Phiri, minister of education/ P.S Ministry of Education TEVETA D.G. presented the awards to the winners following his keynote speech.

The evening continued with a Soul and Jazz concert following the closing remarks and pledges.