GEW 2021 Themes

It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded and we now look ahead to the serious work of rebooting our communities and our economies for a better, more sustainable and equitable post-pandemic world. Our national boundaries are as porous to new ideas as they are to a coronavirus, making it imperative for us all to seize the opportunity to: reboot and help those most severely impacted by the economic downturn, rethink together as one global ecosystem and to regenerate lost jobs while helping all economies to rise on an incoming tide of entrepreneurial potential.

Global Entrepreneurship Week empowers nascent entrepreneurs and those who face systemic barriers to starting and scaling their own company. Through GEW, we focus on four distinct theme areas to spotlight impactful voices and organizations -- as well as inspiring activities -- that are helping empower entrepreneurs everywhere.

GEW Education shines a spotlight on partners, activities and thought leaders in the field who are shaping the way we educate and train nascent entrepreneurs around the world. 


GEW Ecosystems aims to inspire communities to collaborate, and share their networks and markets to help their rising startups thrive. This theme celebrates the shared challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship communities and hubs around the world. 


GEW Inclusion highlights the work startup champions are doing around the world to minimize barriers and obstacles for entrepreneurs by maximizing inclusion. This theme celebrates diversity in all forms, including women and youth in entrepreneurship.


GEW Policy highlights the work of governments and policymakers to help entrepreneurs everywhere start and scale. This theme celebrates the crucial role played by policy makers in supporting entrepreneurship.