Get Involved: 25 Unmissable Global Entrepreneurship Week Events
1 Nov 2016



 Global Entrepreneurship Week UK: Official Launch

This is your chance to be part of a global movement taking place simultaneously in 162 countries. Join with the leaders of the UK enterprise community in the historic British Library - the home of the world's information. Kick off GEW with a bang on Monday morning. Tickets are free for all Global Entrepreneurship Week participants. 

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 Question Time for Entrepreneurs at The British Library

This high profile and long standing feature of GEW is a must attend event. Take this unique opportunity to quiz big-hitting entrepreneurs and leading business experts on how they went from small start-ups to big-time successes. Put your questions to the trailblazers and Founders of DunnHumby, Montezuma and Wayra. 

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 Startup Summit 2016

One of the UK's most exciting Startup events for entrepreneurs. The Startup Summit brings together world leading entrepreneurs from across the globe, to share ideas, inspiration and advise you on how to start and grow your business. To mark Startup Summit’s 5th year the hosts are expecting over 1,000 entrepreneurs to attend together with many more online as part of the contribution to the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF).

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 Hackney Entrepreneurship Conference 2016

The London Borough of Hackney in partnership with The Start Up Kitchen celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week by hosting a full day of free support, mentoring, workshops and panel discussions for Hackney based businesses. 

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 UAL Creative Enterprise Week

Creative Enterprise Week is a series of events, talks and activities to help you turn your creative ideas into reality. Whether you want to launch your freelance career, social enterprise, artistic practice or digital startup, we want to see you. You’ll have the chance to hear from inspiring entrepreneurs, creative businesses and enterprise experts who will be sharing their insider knowledge of areas from funding to business planning, and marketing to pop-ups

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 Virgin Media Pioneers Tell your Story Masterclass

Virgin Media Pioneers are hosting 5 days of inspirational talks and masterclasses to make your big ideas happen. Virgin Media Pioneers are dedicated to providing support and inspiration to small businesses across the UK through peer-to-peer support on our community platform. We’ve searched for leading experts across industries to give you the tools, tips and skills to get going. Pick your favourite topic, mix and match, or come to all of our free events from 8 - 11.30am on each of the 5 days

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 Getting your idea ready for startup funding

This full day workshop is for people looking to start a business and provides help developing your idea and understanding the Government Startup Loan scheme. It is a great opportunity to verify your idea by helping you develop your business plan and cash flow and, it will improve your chance of success with your Startup Loan application.

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 Making Changes for Careers – Google Hangout with South Africa

International links will be the focus of the day and those involved in the youth enterprise agenda in Hull will be holding a Google Hangout with colleagues in South Africa via The Hook up Dinner based in Johannesburg, it will feature a number of young entrepreneurs including those who went to South Africa from the City in August. The event will also see Hull launch #THUDHullER as we establish in the UK the first young entrepreneurs network with link with Africa in the UK.

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 Work Smarter Hacks To Success

Mr Work Smarter has rounded up the best productivity tools to help entrepreneurs improve their time management, as well as manage and grow their business. Based on thousands of hours of research work and survey with over 100 top professionals and entrepreneurs turning over six figures. With the world of technology at our fingertips, it’s become possible to be more productive while working less. In fact, it’s becoming a standard for highly productive people. Learn about the very best tools to help you manage your daily tasks, team, social media, and projects.

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 The Forest Enterprise Fair

Come along and find out what it takes to start your own business.  Learn and develop new business skills.  Create new business partnerships / relationships.  There will be local businesses exhibiting; three free seminars - Social Media for Business, Start to Grow your Business and Magnetise you Marketing, and the opportunity to question entrepreneurial experts.  It doesn't matter whether you are an established business, new business or thinking about going into business, there will be something of interest

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 Celebrating female creative leaders

London South Bank University bring together a panel made up of a diverse mix of female entrepreneurs each of whom is the leader of her own creative business or businesses offering services from baking, intellectual property, arts management, new writing, touring theatre and creative enterprise education.

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 Inspiring Entrepreneurs: The White Company and Charles Tyrwhitt

Get the inside scoop on how to grow your business from the ‘Mr and Mrs’ behind two of the UK’s most successful brands. We’ve brought together the founders of two of the most iconic UK retail empires - Chrissie Rucker MBE of The White Company and Nick Wheeler of Charles Tyrwhitt. Hear the remarkable stories of how this husband and wife team set up two incredibly successful retail giants.

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 Skill Up As You Scale Up

Growing a team can be challenging. What makes the right mix of skill sets in a founding team to help drive the idea and attract investment?How can you maintain company culture and ethos as you bring new people into the business? What’s the best way to attract and retain the best talent into your business in a manageable and affordable manner? With this in mind and to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week Talent Spark is hosting a seminar on how to 'skill up as you scale up'.

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 The Investment Conference: Next Round

This Conference is your opportunity to meet over 20 top investment companies. All in one room and in one day sharing how you can get equity funding. Leading Crowdfunding platforms, Business Angels Networks and Venture Capitalists offering support to businesses from early- to scale-up stages will be there to help you with your funding needs. Famous and successful entrepreneurs will conclude the day discussing what it takes to build a scalable and sustainable venture that attracts investors.

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 UAL Futures Talks: Radical Collaboration

UAL Futures presents an evening of industry talks to help students understand the tools, methods, mind-sets and environments needed for creative collaboration. Collaboration is today’s essential skill. We are moving to a multidisciplinary world. Where creative projects increasingly require people with varied skill-sets, backgrounds and perspectives to work together to achieve more than any individual.This event is part of UAL’s Creative Enterprise Week - taking place throughout GEW.

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 The Business Show 2016

25,000 Businesses 250 Seminars 350 Exhibitors 12 Masterclasses Grow or start your business at the biggest business event in Europe on the 17th & 18th November at Olympia London. Find inspiration from our amazing keynote speakers, be mentored by global industry experts and network with hundreds of entrepreneurs and SME’s.

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 Can Startups Drive Sustainable Development?

Join the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub for their special GEW Engineering a Better World event. Explore how engineering entrepreneurs in the UK and in developing countries can help deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Come and join our conversation about the challenges and opportunities faced by entrepreneurs when developing innovations for a better world.    

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 TeachFirst Innovation Award Launch

The Innovation Award empowers individuals with game-changing ideas that will fulfill our goal of addressing educational inequality in the UK. At the Launch we will promote the impact of social entrepreneurship in tackling educational inequality, inspire new ideas and provide expert guidance to make applications the best.

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 #AcornHack2016 - Inspiring The Next Generation of Tech Entrepreneurs

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Acorn Aspirations is running a 2-day hackathon/start-up style event where 100 young people aged 12-19 will collaborate with mentors from the TechCity community to develop tech start-ups that solve social problems in their local communities and worldwide.

#AcornHack2016 will unlock young people’s entrepreneurial potential by inspiring them to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology, as well as attend masterclass workshops in digital marketing, branding, APIs, lean UX and Business Model Canvas.

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 Fuckup night: conversations about failure and other things

Fuckup Nights is a global movement where we tell stories of failed businesses and projects, questioning and celebrating our experiences. Our focus is on honesty and humility.At each Fuckup Night, several fuckupreneurs share their stories of failure and what it taught them. :

At the end of each story, there will be the chance for the audience to ask questions. The event is accompanied by beer and good friends. Learn from other entrepreneurs who’ve already failed and survived.

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 Leading in Smart Cities

The Institute of Directors Young Directors’ Forum (YDF) and the Energy Institute Young Professionals Network (YPN) bring together a fantastic panel to explore the topic of Leadership & Entrepreneurship in the context of the Cities of the Future. Want to know how we'll be living 10 years from now. What choices will we have to make for our cities and a smarter environment?

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 Making Changes for Careers – Hull Youth Enterprise Awards

This is the highlight of a jam packed week at #GEWHull. 200 people will attend the Annual Awards Evening at The Guildhall to let their hair down and celebrate the week. Hull will also be handing out a number of enterprise awards throughout  the evening to celebrate the city’s commitment to developing an entrepreneurial culture in the city.

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 Rock Solid: How to Build Effective Startup Teams

Founding a successful company, creative venture or social enterprise requires more than just gifted talents and hard work. It requires the right mix of people who can learn and grow together, and who can respond effectively when overcoming set backs. This is the true basis for a Rock Solid start up.

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 North West Women's Enterprise Day

Join 250 enterprising women for a day of practical workshops, inspirational speakers and expert guidance in a warm supportive atmosphere. If you’re looking for inspiration and practical help to grow, (or perhaps start), your business in the company of over 250 local enterprising women, then we're the event for you!

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 The Biggest Ever StartUp Saturday

A Fun and friendly one-day business class. Join small business expert, author and founder of Enterprise Nation Emma Jones MBE and other aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to turn your idea into a business in just one day. Even if you've already started your business, there's lots to learn at StartUp Saturday!

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Ewan Gaffney


GEWUK Host and Co-founder of GEWUK. Reach me on Linkedin